Resources for Mommas

  • Emergency Child Care

    The Children’s Cottage Society — Provides crisis nurseries for newborn to 8 years old.

    Post Natal Helpers — Provides in home support for families needing respite childcare. Cost is $23 per hour with a minimum commitment of 4 hours.

  • Financial Assistance/Tax Clinics

    Alberta Works — Income support to Albertans who do not have financial resources to meet basic needs.

    Alberta Child Health Benefit — Health care coverage including prescriptions, eye exams/glasses, limited dental care, emergency ambulance services, essential diabetic supplies, and some over the counter medications.

    Alberta Adult Health Benefit — Health coverage for individuals and dependents, including prescription coverage, eye exams/glasses, limited dental care, emergency ambulance services, and essential diabetic supplies.

    Alberta Supports — Income support will evaluate one’s needs and help the individual and their family with basic living costs.

    Aspen Family and Community Network Society — Provides help with tax returns on the current year. This feature is not advertised on the website.

    Calgary Fair Entry Program — Calgary Transit bus pass assistance and recreation fee assistance.

    CUPS Calgary Society — Free help with filling out and filing income tax forms that can be availed once a month.

    Forest Lawn Library CVITP Tax Clinic by First Lutheran Church — Volunteers provide free tax returns for eligible individuals. They are able to prepare current and prior tax returns. First come, first serve and the client must have all tax slips and receipts.

    Mustard Seed — Free on-site assistance with filing taxes, by appointment or walk-in.

    Alberta Child Care Subsidy — Information on the Alberta Child Care subsidy. Money received depends on income of the family.

    Women in Need Society (WINS) — Upon referral may shop for basic goods at no cost at one of the local thrift stores, this includes a $50 delivery fee for furniture items. Family Resource Centers provide families with barrier free access to essential programs, services and resources that improve and support wellbeing.

  • Infant Essentials

    Baby and Me Maternity — Clothing and accessories for expectant mothers and their babies.

    Salvation Army Infant Essentials Program — Offers free baby supplies (dependent on availability) to families who book an appointment after the birth of their child.

    Making Changes — Provides low income women with clothing and help with employment and development of essential life skills.

  • Mental Health

    Hospice Calgary — To help families and individuals achieve support, hope, and well-being through compassionate end-of-life and bereavement care.

    Calgary Distress Centre — Provides 24 hour distress support over the phone for those who need emotional help.

    Families Matter — Provides parenting resources, parenting groups, programs, and information about parenthood.

    Perinatal Mental Health — Provides 2-12 sessions of therapy for mothers in the East Calgary Health Centre.

  • Mothers Support Groups

    The Women’s Centre of Calgary — Provides support for women seeking help with income, housing, food insecurity, and basic needs.

    Calgary Moms — Provides an online community for mothers in the Calgary area.

    Calgary Newcomers Club — Provides women with an opportunity to attend activities and events with other women in Calgary. The membership also provides a newsletter for women.

    Calgary GIRLTALK Women’s Group — Events for women who are looking for connection and community involvement.

  • Parenting Support

    Kara Program — To help pregnant and parenting students remain in school during pregnancy and after the birth of their child.

    Louise Dean School — Teaches grades 9-12. Provides an on-site daycare, counseling (for fathers and mothers), and support groups.

    Prime Time: Carya — Provides free in-home parenting support from a trained family coach.

    In Sync: Carya — Provides child play program to strengthen parent-child relationships.

    YWCA: Parent Link Centre — Provides child care and child development programs.

    Moss Postpartum House — Provides classes, hosts community building events, and educates postpartum families with their new baby.

    Healthy Parents Healthy Children — An online resource for parents to aid them in the pregnancy journey and the first years of their child’s life.

    CUPS: One World Child Development Care — Provides a daycare and health services for the children, parenting education, and transportation to and from their services.

  • Pregnancy Support

    Best Beginning — Offered by Alberta Health Services, it provides one on one group support, facilitated discussions about motherhood, resources (food coupons, bus tickets, referrals to food hampers, dental referrals), family planning counselling, and childcare at group sessions.

    New Mummy Company — New parents can find different services such as prenatal classes, private postpartum support, daytime to nighttime support (nannies), and breast pump rental, etc.

    Baby and Me Maternity — Clothing and accessories for expectant mothers and their babies.

    Calgary Doula Association — Continuing education, support, and connections to local doulas.

  • Shelters

    Brenda Stratfford — Provides short term and long-term housing options; along with counselling for the women and children.

    Discovery House — Long term shelter and support for women and their children fleeing domestic violence..

    Inn From The Cold — Provides emergency shelter, affordable housing, and support services to help families in crisis..

    YWCA: Sheriff King Home — Provide emergency services for women who are fleeing from abuse or need housing support.

    Brenda’s House — Emergency shelter for families who are homeless or facing homelessness.

    Calgary Housing Company — Provides safe and affordable housing solutions to citizens of Calgary; operates and manages over 10,000 subsidized and affordable housing units and has a variety of housing options for low-income households including duplexes, townhouses and high-rise apartments.

  • Unique Circumstances for Mom and Children

    Louise Dean School — Teaches grades 9-12. Provides an on-site daycare, counseling (for fathers and mothers), and support groups.

    Resolution Services — Free information about guardianship, custody, access, property division, grandparents’ rights, protection orders and common-law rights as well as child support.

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