Impact Stories

Teen finds hope in a home

“I wasn’t expected to focus on school, learning a new language or making friends,” she recalls. “All my time and energy was spent on raising my siblin... more

John's Story - In His Own Words

John is a tenant with Bishop O’Byrne Housing Association (BOBHA), one of RESOLVE’s Partners, and graciously offered to share his story with us. My name is ... more

Home for Christmas

Guillermo is getting pretty excited for Christmas. But the 9-year-old boy who loves Lego and Star Wars has already received the best present he could ask for — a ... more

Keely’s resilience and new home finally gave her a normal life

From our 2015-2016 Report to Community. This is the first time in her 26 years that Keely has what she calls a normal life. “As normal as it can get,” she ... more

Grateful tenant makes a gift to RESOLVE

From our 2015-2016 Report to Community. John (pictured left) had a number of setbacks – including polio at age 14 and a plane crash at 28 that severely damaged ... more

Silvera veteran remembers the Second World War

Marguerite, a Silvera for Seniors tenant, looks back on her time in the British Army with fondness and pride. “I was a nanny,” London-born Marguerite ... more

Thirty years of homelessness chronicled by senior who finally found his way home

He spent 30 years without a home. He was tired, sad and lonely. He had lost the use of his right hand in a violent incident and became addicted to his pain ... more

Senior overcomes disabling stroke to find hope in a home

And then, one day, in her mid-50s, she woke up in a hospital bed. She had had a brain aneurysm. Then, on the operating table, she had a stroke. Her fingers ... more

Carpenter/hairstylist finds home with the help of two RESOLVE Partners

You won’t meet many people who can give you a salon-grade haircut and then build you a house. Albert, both a carpenter and a hairstylist, is one of those rare breeds. more

1010 Centre is “launch pad to a brighter future”

“I was sick and tired of being sick and tired,” he remembers. “The people I care about were fed up with me and I wanted them back in my life.” Kenny ... more

Suitcase finally unpacked after living out of one for 20 years

Virginia had been living out of suitcase for two decades – bouncing from friend’s house to friend’s house – always confined to just a bedroom, never with a ... more

Making communities safer with affordable and supported housing

Tom (name changed for confidentiality) didn’t have the opportunity to learn these skills until the age of 42. Tom spent his childhood enduring unthinkable ... more

Building Managers at Horizon Housing help tenants feel at home

He is also a friend. “I’ve gotten to know the people here and their routines,” Kennedy says. “Sometimes they’ll come into my office to talk when ... more

Home and sweat ceremonies help woman recovering from addiction

Suzanne, a tenant with Calgary Alpha House Society, has been attending sweat ceremonies on the Tsuu T’ina reserve at least once a week for four years. ... more

Veteran finds peace in housing

As a proud cadet many decades ago, James was determined to serve his country. But he was one year shy of the minimum age to enlist. Like many young men of that ... more

Wheelchair-friendly home provides freedom

Jason’s second-floor condominium had become more of an obstacle course than a home. With restricted mobility caused by his multiple sclerosis (MS), it was ... more

Stable housing a healthy solution

David was a quality assurance and control consultant for a major oil and gas corporation, working in remote campsites and enjoying life. Despite the multiple ... more
Janet, Calgary Alpha House Society

Homeless by illness, couple fights back

A nylon flap and a zipper were all that separated Janet and her husband from the ruthless —32 degree Calgary winter. Janet’s husband had just been released ... more

New home provides new hope

Violence had become a regular occurrence in Crystal’s life. She felt isolated from everything outside her apartment walls. Eventually, for the sake of her ... more
Leon, Calgary John Howard Society

Residence helps offenders improve lives

Alcohol has had a grip on Leon all his life. Despite kicking a drug habit 10 years ago, he had never been able to do the same with alcohol. Quitting one ... more

Coming back from losing it all

A severe anxiety attack left Bob hospitalized for seven weeks, broken and uncomfortable in his own skin. A successful businessman for 25 years, he had it all ... more

Senior no longer fears for his safety

Frank confesses that depression began to creep up on him as a result of his very strict religious upbringing. He was constantly battling the sense of guilt ... more

Affordable housing offers life

Bob spent 21 years on Main and Hastings in Vancouver, wading through the sludge of drugs, prostitution and poverty that envelops that notorious street corner. ... more