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Valeda and St. Katharine Drexel Place are supportive / transitional housing options for women and children.

Valeda House

Valeda House

This ministry provides temporary shelter for homeless women who may face exceptional challenges in finding safe housing. This is a safe and secure environment that is alcohol and drug free, non-smoking and no pets.

The Valeda residence can accommodate six women with one or two children under the age of five for up to six months. Each family has their own bedroom with a bed for mom plus a toddler bed or crib as needed. The kitchen, living room, and other spaces are communal.

Each person we serve is assigned a support worker who will help her to attain individual personal goals and find long-term affordable housing. All women at Valeda House are required to attend meetings once per month and to follow all house rules and guidelines.

Am I eligible?

Valeda House is designed specifically to provide temporary shelter to women who are pregnant and homeless, for homeless women with children under the age of five, and for single women who are homeless.

Where is this service provided?

The Valeda residence is located in Edmonton.

How much will it cost me?

Residents are expected to pay a monthly rent as well as buy their own groceries.

Funding for Valeda is provided through community support and the Sign of Hope, an annual fundraising campaign for ministries offered by Catholic Social Services.

How do I access this ministry?

Women can self-refer to Valeda House.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please call Valeda House staff at (780) 756-1882.

Ministry Outcomes

  • Find safe, affordable living accommodations
  • Families are able to stay together
  • Residents are able to stabilize their lives

Katharine Drexel Place

st. Katharine Drexel Place

A housing option that serves as an additional resource for women for whom safe, affordable housing is an issue. St. Katharine Drexel Place offers fully furnished suites at a drug- and alcohol-free site with staff who provide supervision and support. The ministry also offers social opportunities to reduce isolation.

Am I eligible?

Anyone for whom lack of safe and/or affordable housing is an issue and for whom acquisition of housing would help meet their life goals. The focus is on family reunification or stabilization.

Women staying at St. Katharine Drexel Place are expected to be stable and to be actively involved in (or seeking) employment, education or other programs in the community. Anyone actively using drugs or alcohol, or who are in the early stages of recovery, or who are engaged in illegal activities, will not be considered.

Where is this service provided?

A 13-suite apartment building located in Central Edmonton.

How much will it cost me?

Residents pay a monthly fee which includes all utilities, laundry, and full cable. A damage deposit is required, and there is a key deposit which is returned upon moving out, as long as the apartment is clean and the keys returned.

How do I access this ministry?

  • Individuals must fill out an application which is reviewed by a committee. 
  • If the an applicant is accepted and there is a vacancy, she must be scheduled for an intake interview.

Ministry Outcomes

Short-term outcomes:

  • Stabilization and safety of the the women we serve.
  • Helping to reintegrate these women into their families.
  • Strong ties are made with community agencies to ensure the each woman continues to get the community support she needs, and is not isolated.

Long-term outcomes:

  • Reduction of the need for long-term support.
  • Increased community awareness and support for the target population.
  • Transition into safe, long-term housing.

Elenor's Place

This residence is a low-cost housing option for individuals from multiple Disability Services ministries in Red Deer. Elenor’s Place offers four wheelchair accessible suites as well as four upstairs suites. Elenor’s Place is a drug- and alcohol-free site where staff provides outreach, supervision, and support to tenants. An exterior camera system helps with this supervision and support during the overnight period. 

Am I eligible?

Anyone who receives outreach staffing from our Disability Services ministries is eligible to apply. Individuals residing at Elenor’s Place must be willing to participate in annual goal planning, and have outreach staff support them on site with skills related to apartment living.

Where is this service provided?

An eight-suite apartment building located in Red Deer.

How much will it cost me?

Residents pay a monthly fee that includes all utilities, but cable and laundry are an additional cost.  A damage deposit is required, and there is a key deposit which is returned upon moving out, as long as the apartment is clean and the keys returned.

How do I access this ministry?

Individuals must fill out an application which is reviewed by the Placement committee. 

Ministry Outcomes

  • Safe, affordable low-income housing for individuals accessing outreach support from our agency.
  • Individuals learn independent living skills to be able to transition to apartments in the community when they are ready.

Testimonials

“I am really glad there are ministries like these to help families out. My family is being reunited with the help of this place and staff. These people are very resourceful.”

“I would like to thank you for this wonderful opportunity. A year ago, I started with a baby and a backpack. Now I have started the process of closing my files with Catholic Social Services and Child Welfare. Living in this complex has helped me become the person and mother I have always wanted to be. If it weren’t for you guys, I wouldn’t have been able to create a safe, warm, and loving environment for my daughter and I.”

“I believe this building helps people in need get back on their feet and help to start working on their goals."

Who do I contact for more information?

Please call 780-428-8671.

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