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The Children’s Cottage Society employs over 150 staff who are dedicated to fulfilling the agency’s vision of Safe Children in Healthy Families. We are passionate about making positive changes in the lives of families and their children in our community.




Full Time Permanent (1.0 FTE)
Competition #HC - 051701

The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis nursery, respite, shelter and community support programs for vulnerable children and their families. To achieve our vision of “Safe Children in Healthy Families”, we are looking for a motivated self-starter to join our organization as a Housing coach in our HomeBridge Program.

The majority of the work completed in the HomeBridge program will take place in community agencies. HomeBridge staff will liaise with staff from a wide variety of agencies who are likely to be connecting with families who are unstably housed. The Housing coach will support their ability to assess each family’s situation and provide targeted support and resources to ensure stable housing.

The Housing Coach will also deliver support directly to families in identified agencies, providing them with personalized assistance that will address the immediate risk of homelessness along with connections to additional resources identified as being helpful in stabilizing their current situation.

The Housing Coach will often be required to work evenings in order to meet the needs of our clients and community partners


  • Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with additional related experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of family-related community resources and services
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B
  • Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  • Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results


  • Minimum 5 years of experience working with families who have complex needs, preferably within the homeless sector
  • Case Management experience is required, preferably within the homeless sector
  • A strong understanding and passion for prevention and diversion work is an asset
  • Experience working in with families in a community setting
  • Experience using HMIS or a similar client data base
  • Proficient computer skills required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required


  • Receive community referrals for families when space or other housing options are not possible, for families with children under the age of 18 years.
  • Collaborate with community agencies to support client needs
  • Complete requests for Alberta Works emergency placement with families and assist them with the request process.
  • Ensure supportive, efficient and safe transition into temporary housing and or hotel accommodation and provision of food and immediate basic needs for families.
  • Make alternative arrangements for families unable to access Alberta Works emergency hotel placement.
  • Provide brief solution-focused outreach support for a caseload of 15 families at a time.
  • Develop a plan of action that identifies the family’s risk factors as well as their goals, strengths, and current support systems; establish objectives with the family that will help resolve their emergency placement situation and access on-going shelter or housing.
  • Assist the families to implement their immediate plan of action to reduce risk factors and help address their priority objectives. Coordinate with Alberta Works designated staff to help ensure that the goals set by them for families are also addressed.
  • Monitor the wellbeing of the families during their hotel stays and provide brief immediate support to them in the community.
  • Complete F-SPDAT’s and refers eligible families to the CHF CAA Family Placement Committee for case management services.
  • Maintain client files and HMIS data system entries.
  • Be fully informed on the services and resources offered by Alberta Works; work with the Children’s Cottage Housing Locator to explore any available housing resources.
  • Work collaboratively with the programs of the Children’s Cottage, Alberta Works, Inn From The Cold, Hotels, Motels and other key community service providers as indicated by each family’s unique situation and needs.
  • Refer families as needed and follow up on referrals to ensure that families are accessing support.


Please send a cover letter and resume quoting competition #HC – 051701 to
Dawn Boustead, Manager, Brenda’s House:

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited
We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.



Competition #:  BHRLFCK - 011701 
24 Hours every other week


Would you like to make a difference in the lives of some of Calgary’s children and families? We have an immediate opportunity for a Creative Cook at Brenda’s House!

Brenda’s House serves up to 14 children and families in a beautiful manor style facility with a modern kitchen and dining area in the Killarney Neighborhood in South West Calgary and reports to the Food Services Coordinator.


This is a relief position:

  •  Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  •  24 Hours every other week 


We require completed high school and a diploma or degree is welcomed. As well, a valid First Aid Certificate which must be obtained within 3 months of employment and a Food Safe Certificate are required..


  • Prepare lunch and dinners for 45-60 residents; following Brenda’s House nutrition plan.
  • Ensure sanitation and safety of kitchen. 
  • Be friendly and respectful to families during their stay at Brenda’s House. 
  • Other responsibilities as requested by Food Services Coordinator/Manager.


$16.71 per hour

Please send resume to or  quoting competition BHRLFCK – 011701.

We thank all applicants but will only respond to those who are invited to an interview.



The Children’s Cottage Society believes that providing students with hands-on experience to support their in class learning is important. Students are given the opportunity for placement in the following programs:

We offer a variety of opportunities to students who are interested in developing their expertise and skills, and in being a part of making a positive change in the lives of families and their children in our community. Please send us your resume to and we will contact you as soon as a practicum opportunity becomes available.