OUR HOUSE (Edmonton) Ltd. is a non-profit, society. OUR HOUSE operates with the funds received through our residential treatment fees, fundraising events, operating grants and donations from concerned individuals and companies. Your donation, of any size, supports OUR HOUSE in changing lives. OUR HOUSE is registered under the income tax act as a charity, our registration number is 12948 0836 RR0001.

OUR HOUSE started operations at 10826 - 98 St., Edmonton, in May 1984, as a result of the concerns of Parishioners of the Anglican Church of St. Stephen the Martyr. At that time, the vicinity of the church was surrounded by alcoholics, drug addicts and prostitutes. Addicted people found the area to be a safe place to participate in their behaviours. A voluntary Board of Directors was formed from members of the Parish and other concerned citizens from the community. A house was rented to provide a drop-in service to men and women which was operated on a volunteer basis only. The concept was “addicts helping addicts”. The basement of this facility was later renovated to add bedrooms. This allowed for short stays by young male and female addicts.

In 1988, mortgage funds were obtained from Alberta Mortgage and Housing Corporation under the Special Housing Needs Program for the purpose of purchasing our own facility. The 35-year mortgage received an interest subsidy from Federal and Provincial funds. OUR HOUSE is fully committed to continued community service.

In 1993, a Program Manager was hired to develop a comprehensive and structured “Recovery Program”, including hosting Twelve Step meetings.

In 1995 we hired a Fundraiser/Volunteer Coordinator to develop both a fundraising plan and a volunteer program.

In 1998 we added a Life Management Skills course. This program, through an experiential format, teaches skills basic to every day living such as communication, facing fears and giving feedback. The course is open to men and women in the community, who have an addiction, and is free of charge.

In 1999 we added an Anger Management Skills course (“Understanding One’s Anger”). This course deals with the impact of anger and conflict in recovery and is also available to men and women in the community, who have an addiction, and is free of charge.

In 2001 we renovated the garage located at the John Hilton House into meeting and office space.

In 2002 we introduced a half-time outreach worker to follow clients in our aftercare program.

In 2008, we received a donation from Homeward Trust for over $3 million to purchase larger enhanced facilities located on the West End of Edmonton.

Our previous building located in the Cromdale area was purchased by Capital Region Housing Corporation.

In the last couple of years there have been many changes to the program and the staff.

TODAY we are no longer the half-way house we started out as, rather, we are a recovery centre offering extensive programming. In addition to providing common basic human needs and a safe environment free from drugs and alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held at the house weekly. A day program and an evening program are offered to accommodate individuals working or involved in outside programs either during the day or in the evening. Programs are designed to deal with the physical, spiritual and social self. Volunteers generally facilitate one seminar per week.

Most of our referrals come from the two Detox Centres in Edmonton, along with AADAC centres across the province, Henwood, Poundmakers, Hospitals, Correctional Services, word of mouth and other community resources.

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