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Fighting Scarcity

Rise Calgary fights scarcity by problem-solving with our clients, ensuring their basic needs are immediately met: food, housing, clothing, technology, transportation, baby and children's items, prescriptions and other life items, e.g., work boots.​

Our Leader Salimah Kassam chats with Jaclyn Silbernagel from Vibrant Communities Calgary about Rise Calgary’s approach to fighting scarcity and moving Calgarians out of poverty. If you’d like to dig deeper, also check out our Mobility Coaching video and research paper on our Mobility Coaching pilot project here.

Gillian's Story

Every day Rise Calgary connects with Calgarians who are going through difficult moments in their lives. Our Community Advocates are experts in compassion and help our clients to uncover the strength and resilience they have inside.

Clients like Gillian, who came to us at our Bowness location looking for supports to get back on track. She has a powerful story of hope, that shows what is possible when we work together to ensure that everyone moves forward.

Our impact fighting scarcity


1,347 food security supports provided, ensuring families have fresh produce, proteins, and essentials on the dinner table.


240 families received emergency financial help through the Basic Needs Fund, creating housing security for vulnerable Calgarians.


426 referrals for clothing, household items, and enrichment activities so that children can play and celebrate.


294 clients taxes filed to access tax refunds and critical benefits like the Child Tax Credit, creating big differences in household incomes for those who need it most.


128 connections for mental health supports, to make sure no one feels alone in their journey towards strong mental health.


293 discussions with clients on accessing benefits and supports like AISH, helping people experiencing life altering circumstances like permanent disability.

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