A community of support for the holiday season

United Way supports many critical programs and services for people in need in the Alberta Capital Region. With the assistance of some of our local partner agencies, I've put together a list of resources available to the community during the holiday season. May you all enjoy the safety of a warm place to stay, the comfort of a warm meal in your belly and the warmth of the holiday season in your heart.

YESS will be opened over the Christmas holiday for youth age 15-21; they will have access to meals and can access our donations room for any warm clothing needs.

YMCA programs and services are open throughout the holidays except for the closure of the Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres and the Bill Rees YMCA, which are closed on December 25th

A Safe Place - Open 24/7 for families fleeing violence. Call: 211 or 211 Edmonton

E4C - The E4C Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre (WEAC) which offers homeless women an emergency place to stay.

   Where is WEAC?: The triangle shaped building on the corner of Jasper Avenue and 96 Street

   What is offered at WEAC?

  • Your own bed in a room with one to six other women
  • Sheets, a pillow and a blanket (or two) and a towel for when you are here
  • Three meals a day; showers and free laundry; access to computer and internet
  • Help for you to handle and take your medication, if any
  • Basic outreach support including help finding your own home or looking for a job
  • Transgender women are welcome

    How do I access service to WEAC?

  • Women who are homeless or without a place to stay can come to WEAC directly. WEAC admits new women at 9:00 p.m. every night
  • Referrals may come by phone during the day from anyone in the community - if there is space, you can be admitted
  • Contact us for more information:  9611 – 101A Avenue, Edmonton; Phone: 780.423.5302


E4C McCauley Apartments

McCauley is hosting a Christmas concert for the community (see poster attached).


The Support Network24/7 Support

2014 Winter Holiday / Christmas Meals List is on The Support Network website, which may be found on the main page under Hot Topics, here: http://www.211edmonton.com/

 * Many of the meals and events on the list take place before December 23, however, so here is a list of meals scheduled on or after that date below:

Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society: Parkdale School, 11648 - 85 Street, Edmonton
Tuesday, Dec 23, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM      
Call to register (when registering please provide number and ages of children)

Bissell Centre: Bissell Centre Drop In, 10530 96 Street       
Thursday, Dec 25, 12:00 PM and Friday, Dec 26, 12:00 PM
Walk – in / Drop – in 

Bissell Centre: Boyle Street Plaza, 101, 9538 103A Avenue
Thursday, Jan 1, 12:00 PM  
Walk – in / Drop – in 
Open to everyone

Dickinsfield Amity House:  9213 - 146 Avenue, Edmonton      
Wednesday, Dec 24, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Walk – in / Drop – in 
Wheelchair accessible

Homeward Trust produces a Winter Emergency Response Guide that provides information on resources including drop-in centres, winter warming buses, meals, warm clothing and places to sleep, and which may be found on their website under Resources, or by clicking the following link: http://www.homewardtrust.ca/homelessness/resources.php#cat11

The Christmas Bureau also compiled a list of holiday meals, many of which can also be found on the 211 2014 Winter Holiday / Christmas Meals List, but there are some additional listings. Their list can be found here: http://www.christmasbureau.ca/client-services/

The Candora Society offers a number of events and services for residents of northeast Edmonton during the holiday season, and they can be contacted at 780-474-5011.

The Edmonton Seniors’ Coordinating Council produces a newsletter that includes a listing of events for seniors, and the November 28 edition features many holiday/seasonal events (however, there are fees associated with many of them). If you visit the link below and open the Nov 28 edition, you will find the events list under Items for Seniors:  http://www.seniorscouncil.net/archived-link-letters-2014

New Year’s Eve Downtown free event on Dec 31 at 7:00 pm:

Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square Recreation Centre (2051 Leger Road)

Contact Information: 311

Cost: Free

Non-alcoholic family event that starts inside City Hall at 7:00 pm with kids' crafts and activities, magicians, balloon artists, face painters and live music. Outdoor activities begin at 10:00 pm in Sir Winston Churchill Square with music, ice skating, food concessions (not free) and a fireworks show at midnight.