"To permanently end homelessness with dignity, compassion and support for adults recovering from addictions."
Keys to Recovery
was created in response to a gap in services provision to ending homelessness in Calgary. Chronically homeless men and women with addictions made a decision to reclaim their lives and voluntarily attended treatment centres. However, once their treatment was completed, many had no choice but to return to the streets where they were once again surrounded by violence, hopelessness and people in active addiction. This oftentimes led to a return to drug and/or alcohol use and the cycle of addiction and homelessness continued. Members of the Addiction Sector saw a need for a program where these individuals could go after treatment completion and receive the intensive support that they needed to continue with their sobriety. Keys to Recovery was developed in 2010 to meet this need.
Clients are referred by treatment centres, mental health agencies, correction services, homeless shelters and other housing providers. Priority is given to the most vulnerable individuals. Once accepted, clients are taken to view available apartments that Keys to Recovery leases. We offer Scattered-Site and Place-Based housing. Scattered-Site apartments are located in several market rental buildings in various communities in Calgary. We have three Place-Based apartment buildings where all the units are occupied by Keys to Recovery clients.
Once a client has chosen an apartment a move in date is set. On move in day, a Case Manager accompanies the client shopping for groceries and other household items. Their apartment is furnished with basic furniture that has been donated or pre-purchased.
After move in, the client is visited in their home to create goal plans, relapse prevention plans and assessments (in the area of addictions, vocational, cultural and immediate needs). Home visits are scheduled based on client need but occur at a minimum of once/week. 24 hour emergency support is available to both clients and landlords.