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Brenda's House

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Call our 24/7 Crisis Line: 403-233-CARE (2273)


Brenda’s House remains business as usual! However, we are making every attempt to house families as quickly as possible. Thanks to COVID-19 Response funding from the Provincial government, we have rapidly moved 14 families from shelter into their own homes within the last 2 weeks! Today, we are able to welcome more families in need of shelter into Brenda’s House with the goal of moving them into their own home right away. Each family who stays with us has their own room and private bathroom. You will be safe.

Families in crisis need us more than ever during these challenging times and we will continue to accept families who do not currently have housing. Families will be required to answer AHS screening questions in order to determine if they can access shelter space.

If families require isolation, we will work with the family to determine a safe solution.

Important changes have been made regarding Child Development:

• The Child Development room is closed until further notice

• Childcare supports are, however, available for emergencies. The Child Development Team Lead or Program Manager must authorize all childcare

Gift in Kind Donation: We are accepting gift-in-kind donations that are listed on our wish-list. Due to COVID-19, we are no longer able to accept anything but wish list items at Brenda’s House. We encourage all donations to be delivered from local businesses that do delivery and/or amazon. Anyone who is able to help with the requested items can contact Megan Rietze at 403.999.6785 to ensure safe drop-offs. 

We at the Children’s Cottage are working hard to support parents following social distancing rules so that Calgary’s vulnerable children remain safe and healthy.
If you are a family experiencing homeless or worried that you are at risk of losing your housing, Please call 403-242-8575 and we will help you.


10 years ago, Brenda's House opened with the help of the owner, the Brenda Strafford Foundation. Their generous donation of the use of the house has enabled the Children's Cottage Society to provide emergency family shelter for families who are currently experiencing homelessness. Families can be together in a safe, homelike environment and receive the support and the resources they need. 


  • a family with children younger than age 18 and are homeless with nowhere to turn for shelter


  • Our priority is helping your family find safe and affordable housing. We help you develop and manage a plan, and connect you to the resources that will help find your new home.
  • Your stay with us will be in a safe and nurturing environment. We ensure that each family that resides in Brenda’s House has a private room equipped with furniture, linens and a bathroom. 
  • Nutritious meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are planned and prepared for you to ensure you and your family eat healthy and balanced meals throughout the day.
  • We offer childcare support which allows you time to access the resources you will need to find permanent housing.  
  • Volunteer-driven recreation and support services are offered including financial management and parenting courses, after-school tutors for your children and various family-friendly activities.
  • Support workers are available to provide information and referrals to community resources.
  • Connections with support workers are offered to help you coordinate with community resources on your road to permanent housing.
  • We offer 24-hour, non-judgmental support and assistance.
  • We help you to create and manage a plan so you can achieve permanent housing.


For more information please call Brenda’s House support line at 403.242.8575 extension 0 and one of our Key Workers will:

  • Offer immediate, non-judgmental support and help you find immediate shelter if you are homeless at the time of your call. If you are still housed when you call, we will direct you to the resources that will help prevent you from becoming homeless.

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