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High Level Community Outreach Project

Impacts Northern Alberta

RADF Investment: $450,150

Other Investment: $235,000

Total Investment: $685,150

Project Period: July 2009–July 2011

Community Development Community Development

T: 780.926.3113


E: rick.isaacs@actionnorth.org

Project Description

Funding from the Rural Alberta Development Fund allowed for the creation of a 24-hour community outreach centre in High Level. The outreach centre facilitates the development of day programming, which will complement the existing overnight shelter services provided to the homeless. Daytime services for homeless and transient people in High Level will include health screenings, addiction counselling, and employment assistance.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits         

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Provide proactive outreach services to the transient and homeless population of High Level
  • Improve relationships between service providers and local businesses
  • Provide access to healthier, more productive lifestyles for homeless and transient people
  • Provide better service to clients with a safe and secure shelter for the homeless 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Add three outreach workers to the shelter during daytime hours
  • Increase services, including on-demand counselling and referrals to other service agencies
  • To date, the Society is aware of 10 individuals who have maintained their sobriety and are employed in the community.
  • The outreach program was able to refer 39 individuals to detoxification dervices and an additional 13 to addictions treatment centres.