a few words on family

At CUPS, we see all people as part of a greater, connected family. Everyone is someone's child, parent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend. Whether estranged or connected, single or married, everyone counts and is important in someone's life. It’s our goal to treat anyone in need as part of our family and to assist in any way we can.

We’ve finally moved into our new building at 1001 10th Ave SW. Thanks to all of our supporters for helping us achieve this huge milestone. This new space has given us the ability to expand the scope of our programs and extend a helping hand to more impoverished Calgarians than ever before.

  • Letter From the Board

    This has been an incredibly exciting year for us. With a new location, revitalized focus and expanded programs, CUPS is equipped to help more Calgarians than ever before. Read our Executive Director and Board Chair’s thoughts on the past year and the future of CUPS.

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  • Thanks to Our Supporters

    Our refocused programs and relocation wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters. Thanks to everyone who has donated their time, effort and support to help marginalised and vulnerable families and individuals.

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  • Our Board of Directors

    We are proud to have a distinguished and dedicated group of professionals with a wide range of expertise and experience serving on our Board. Together, we will continue to focus on enhancing our programs and measuring our results to ensure we’re serving Calgary families in the best way possible.

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Our Programs

Engage. Motivate. Achieve. These three words are our sustaining mantra and serve as the foundation of our core service pillars: Health, Education and Housing. All of our programs aim to engage people who want to make a better life for themselves and empower them with the skills and motivation to achieve their fullest potential. Together, our programs address every aspect of life, and set each person up for success as individuals and as a family.

Health Programs

There is an undeniable link between poverty and poor health. For those living in poverty, factors such as trauma, homelessness, lack of food security and low health literacy levels compound and contribute to health issues. With nearly 25 years of experience, CUPS health services go beyond basic care to help Calgary’s most vulnerable individuals and families overcome the barriers to their well-being.

  • 24,812 patient visits this year.

Education Programs

Our education programs seek to improve the lives and futures of children and adults by disrupting the intergenerational cycle of poverty. To accomplish this, CUPS offers research-based early intervention and support programs that focus not only on the social, emotional and cognitive development of children, but also on the overall well-being of parents, families and adults.

  • Over 1,000 families in crisis supported this year.

Housing Programs

Stable housing continues to be the major factor in overcoming poverty and is essential for good health, child development and personal well-being. A safe living environment helps build social connections and dramatically increases education and employment prospects. We not only help Calgary’s most vulnerable adults and children secure housing, we provide the support they need to maintain it.

  • Over 3,500 families and individuals housed since 2008.
  • Key Case Management

    A subsidized housing program where caseworkers help those who have experienced repeated homelessness develop the skills to maintain stable housing and learn self-sufficiency.
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  • Community Development

    An engagement initiative that provides rent subsidies and empowers low-income families and individuals to connect with their community to increase housing stability and long-term success.
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  • Supports

    A program that delivers a variety of services and support to struggling Calgarians to remove the barriers that prevent them from accessing basic needs and housing.
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  • Special Focus: Belonging

    Social networks are incredibly important in overcoming life's challenges. See how CUPS Community Development helped Jennifer find hers.
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Review our 2012 Financials. Click here >


We will continue to teach families to fish.

With our new space and revitalized focus, we are better equipped than ever before to engage and motivate struggling Calgarians to achieve lasting success. As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2014, we will continue to expand, refine and redefine our programs to better serve Calgary’s most marginalized and vulnerable. We will continue to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty, strengthen our communities and improve our city for all Calgarians.

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