Hope For Men
Every day over 1000 meals are provided by Hope Mission, free of charge. We serve three meals a day, five days a week with brunch and dinner on weekends. Hope Mission also distributes clothing to those in need, through the Hope Bargain Shoppe.
Hope Mission has been helping people leave the streets and discover a place they can call home for over 80 years. We provide emergency shelter for those who need a safe, dry, warm place to get a good night’s sleep. Our ultimate goal is to help individuals find a home of their own.
For men struggling with addiction, we provide a 12-Step year long recovery community called Breakout. Our hope is rooted in the life-changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and from that source we seek to meet not only the physical needs of our guests, but spiritual needs as well.
Men’s Stories of Hope
A new focus brings freedom—Hans’ storyAt most mealtimes, you will see Hans—a large friendly presence—monitoring the doors. He smiles at the folks filing out, wishing them the best, hoping for the best. For a long time he was part of the line. Crack cocaine controlled his life, contorted his days. Eventually it inflicted, as yet, an untreatable bacteria in his... Read More ›
You can bring warmth in the bitter cold for people like TomThe bitter cold is back. And we need your help to meet urgent winter needs. Yesterday afternoon I saw Tom on the street. Like the man pictured above, he was hunched into the wind, head down and clutching at his coat. He was making his way along 102 Avenue toward the Stanley Milner library. It’s... Read More ›
I found my smile here – Tony’s story“Losing my dad at an early age, having a stepdad who always told me how stupid I was…put me at odds with the world,” says Tony. Years of alcoholism, crack addiction, self-hate and self-sabotage followed. Until one day, with a gun to his head, held by another addict intent on taking whatever drugs he had,... Read More ›
A Thanks-giving Story“It’s a well-known story,” says James, “the drug covers the pain. Then the drug stops working and adds to the pain.” James had run out of resources and was bone weary. Unemployed—well, “unemployable” in his words—broke, depressed, sick and suffering from withdrawal, James, quite literally, lurched through the doors of Hope Mission. He began to... Read More ›
The Structure of Hope: Developments and Journeys in Recovery“In those days,” says Andrew Poulson, “there was no after-care housing, so when the program ended, I was back to finding my own way.” It was 2003 and Andrew Poulson had just completed the formal part of Hope Mission’s Breakout program. A crack addict, soon lost to the street, he had come in need of... Read More ›
A deeper level of change–celebrating baptism (with caviar)Here’s a cause for celebration: For a decade running, Shawn lived with addiction, despair, shame, self-recrimination and self-abuse. Then, four years ago, hunger brought him to Hope Mission; and a still fresh memory of a suicide attempt compelled him to attend an evening service, where, says Shawn, “I heard a message of hope.” Learning of... Read More ›
Softball season is here, but we need equipmentDavid Turrie has a ball diamond lined up; he’s got it booked every Saturday afternoon. And he has 25 guys—guys from Hope Mission’s Breakout Recovery Community—excited about playing. The only thing he doesn’t have is equipment. Sadly, bats, balls, gloves, by some kind of swing-and-miss, have all gone missing. So here it is: late spring,... Read More ›
Jesse’s StoryJesse’s life was moving in the wrong direction. “Too much partying with not enough focus on taking care of me; I kept moving around, kept switching jobs, and before I knew it I was at the Hope Mission.” Hope Mission’s Shift program was the right fit for what Jesse needed: a program to help him... Read More ›
Leroy’s StoryEdmonton may be a long way from his native Nova Scotia, but 41-year-old Leroy’s journey to Hope Mission was much longer. After heading to Toronto at the age of 18, Leroy started working as a furniture installer. He was good at the business, and by the time he and his family transferred to Calgary several... Read More ›
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