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Help support Elizabeth House

Your donation. Their future.

We rely on the generosity of individuals like you to assist us in supporting mother-led families to build a better future. Your donation directly impacts the lives of the women and children who live here, ensuring a safe, clean and welcoming home to live in as well as funding for basic needs, educational programming, recreation and wellness, mental health, childcare and transportation costs.

Mothers need your help

Did you know? It costs approximately $1,800 a month or $22,000 a year to provide 24/7 professional and peer-based support for each family at Elizabeth House.

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100% direct impact

When you donate to Elizabeth House, every dollar goes directly to the operations of this invaluable program. We are grateful to our donors as we rely on ongoing fundraising and annual donations from individuals and organizations in order to keep our doors open. Financial administration and oversight is provided by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary. 

“Elizabeth House and its donors have given me opportunities that my mother never had when she was a single mother. Thank you for making it possible for a new generation to get the help and support we need to start a new cycle of strong, healthy families. Elizabeth House enabled me to focus on my studies so that I can accomplish my career goals. I am in the middle of a wonderful marketing internship and am set to graduate with my Bachelor of Management next year. Thank you and bless you all.” 

 

- Former EH Mom 

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Current fundraisers

Support Elizabeth House with Rogers Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink

Elizabeth House is a participating charity in the 2024 Rogers Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink! 100% of funds donated through the campaign go directly to Elizabeth House. Donations are then matched by up to 50%. 

Make your donation go further: donate online or by cheque until August 31. Donate online now!

For cheque donations, please make your cheque payable to the "Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation" and write "Elizabeth House" in the memo line.

Cheques should be mailed to: 

Rogers Charity Classic
Suite 4700, 888 – 3rd Street SW
Bankers Hall West Tower
Calgary, AB T2P 5C5

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Skip the depot and donate your recyclables to Elizabeth House

How it works:
1. Sign up for the app and book a pickup 
2. Place your bottles outside for pickup
3. Receive your refund and donate it to us

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Most needed items

We sincerely appreciate donations of new items to support our families at Elizabeth House!

 

Our needs change throughout the year, so please check back here often or follow us on social media to get the latest updates. 


For more information including how to arrange donations, please email us at elizabethhouse@calgarydiocese.ca.

Current needs

  • Gift cards for birthdays, showers and other celebrations

  • Gift cards for household supplies – Ikea, Walmart, Superstore, Home Depot

  • Gift cards to cultural food stores – African Choice Market, Unimarket Latin Food Store, Seafood City

  • Bus tickets and Uber gift cards

  • New pillows and pillow protectors

  • Tickets for recreational outings (sets of 2,4,6 are ideal):

    • Movie passes, dinner, bowling, paint night, yoga (no date set please -year round)

    • Zoo passes, Heritage Park (this season and/or year round), Calgary Parks & Recreation Passes

  • “Move out Boxes” – Storage box with cookware set, frying pan, food container, mug, utensil set, plates, bowls, 16-piece cutlery set, chopping board, dish soap dispenser, dish sponge – see IKEA's University Starter Box for more details

At this time we are not accepting travel size toiletries, feminine hygiene items and baby blankets.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Why donate to Elizabeth House?

A. We rely on donations to help us cover the operational costs of this invaluable program. For example, it approximately costs Elizabeth House:

  • $1,800 per month for groceries and all household supplies for all families

  • $1,450 per month for rent, utilities, wifi and mobile phones

  • $75 per month to provide at least two on-site, specialized counselling therapy sessions for each woman

  • $75 per month provides bursary funds for education costs, urgent medical fees, childcare placements and other unpredictable expenses for each family

  • $50 per month to support recreation, supplies and gifts per family

 

As inflation causes living expenses and program costs continue to rise, we need your help to fulfill our mission.

Q. Where do donations go? 

A. Your donations directly support the operations of Elizabeth House. This includes supporting our:

  • Daily operations: Everything from ensuring a safe, clean and welcoming home for residents, to recreation, food, and supplies and the amazing staff team that makes it all happen!

  • Education plans: Invest in knowledge by contributing to the costs associated with earning a GED, applying to post-secondary schooling or taking a training program.

  • Rental subsidies: Residents pay room and board (up to a maximum of $500 a month) based on financial ability. With your generosity, a lack of income is not a barrier to acceptance.

  • Mental health services: Help by subsidizing the costs associated with professional counselling services. We connect residents to practitioners who support the journey.

  • Transportation costs: Provide a ticket to ride! Transit tickets, bus passes, taxi, and Uber vouchers are always needed to help our families get from point A to B.

  • Childcare: Contribute to one of the biggest hurdles that families face; the high cost of childcare.

Q. How much of my donation goes directly to the cause vs. administrative costs?

A. Every dollar of your donation directly supports Elizabeth House. As a non-denominational program of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, we are fortunate to have staff and administrative costs partially covered through the annual Together in Action campaign and other Diocesan  fundraising initiatives. 

 

Q. How do I donate? 

A.  You can donate online to Elizabeth House here

 

You can also send donations via cheque to:

Elizabeth House

c/o Pastoral Centre

120 - 17th Ave SW

Calgary, AB T2S 2T2

For questions about donations, please contact Michelle Haywood at michelle.haywood@calgarydiocese.ca

Q. Can I make a recurring donation?

A. You can make a recurring monthly donation by completing our online donation form and selecting the “Make this a monthly gift” box. 

Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?

A. Yes, all donations of $20 or more are issued a tax receipt. You must request a charitable tax receipt and provide a mailing address.

Q. What is your charitable number?

A. Our charitable number is: 10790-9939-RR0076​ and is held under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary. 100% of donations are directed to Elizabeth House.

Q. Do you accept non-monetary donations, like goods or services?

A. Yes! Please see our list of our most needed items as well as our current volunteer opportunities. 

Q. How else can I support Elizabeth House?

A. To help us raise operational funds and build awareness, we rely on our community and dedicated partners to help us with our fundraising efforts. Consider becoming an event sponsor or hosting your own third-party fundraising event! Reach out to us at elizabethhouse@calgarydiocese.ca.

Q. How can I get updates about the impact of my donation?

A. We encourage you to join our mailing list, as well as follow Elizabeth House on social media including on Facebook and Instagram.  

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