Family Assistance Program
Growth of Family Assistance Program
For more than a 100 years the Samaritan Club of Calgary has been helping Calgarians in need. The Samaritan Club is a registered charitable organization and is self funded by a member ship of approximately 170 volunteers with all administrative costs covered by membership fees. All monies raised are returned to the community through programs and services for needy families and individuals.
We are dedicated to providing a leg up to those in crisis or needing immediate support. This can mean groceries when the cupboard is bare, costly medications, aids to daily living, medical and dental procedures, education, scholarships, camperships and Layettes for newborns. Larger projects are also undertaken such as the Kerby Center shelter " Move out Project: which assist residents experiencing abuse, homelessness, or are at risk of being homeless. In the fall of 2016 we became a supporter of education division of the Boys and Girls club of Calgary's "Infinity Project" which assists with continued education for homeless youth. We are seeking funds through Field Law to assist us in supporting the increasing number of needy Calgarian families that come to us as a last resort through a social worker or health care professional; who are otherwise at risk of being turned away.
Who Will it Benefit?
Our hope is to assist over 360 families in need in the 2017/2018 fiscal year. The initiative will help us to meet this accomplishment where we would other wise have to turn away approx. 111 families that come to us as a last resort. Requests for assistance have increased substantially over the past few years due to the continued growth in our city as well as concerns about the economy, therefore, our budget had to be significantly reduced as our fundraising activities are no longer keeping pace with the requirements of our organization.