Get Firsthand Experience

Spend time at a “front-line” agency which serves those who are homeless. Meet and talk with people who are experiencing homelessness. Make it personal.  get personal

Don’t know where to start?  Here are some Ideas:

  1. ICPM (Inner City Pastoral Ministry): A rotating roster of congregations that serve lunch after worship at Bissell Centre on Sundays. Contact
  2. The Mustard Seed: Serve an evening meal with your group or become a regular volunteer for one of their many programs or events. Contact
  3. Marian Centre: Help prepare and serve lunch at the Marian Centre. Contact 780-424-3544 or
  4. Jasper Place Health Wellness Center (JPWC): Spend time establishing relationships with clients, help prepare and serve meals, and bring your group in to serve. Contact
  5. St. Vincent de Paul Society: To find a location and opportunities near you. Contact 780-471-5577 or
  6. The Salvation Army Addictions and Residential Center: for volunteer and donation needs, contact 780-429-4274 or
  7. Hope Mission: Help serve a meal or help with other needs. Contact volunteer/volunteer-in-edmonton
  8. Mosaic Centre: (NE Edmonton)   Help out with donations, clean up, or a variety of other needs. Contact 780-722-3247 or
  9. Bissell Centre: Help out with special events, bring your group in, or become a regular volunteer. Contact 780-423-2285 extension 264
  10. Boyle Street Community Services: Volunteer in the drop in or with one of the many other programs, contact 780-424-4106 extension 264
  11. Operation Friendship: Connect with seniors living in Edmonton’s inner city. Contact 780-408-2958.
  12. Youth Empowerment & Support Services (Y.E.S.S.): In 2014, over 241 youth were counted in the Edmonton Homeless count. Support youth experiencing homelessness in Edmonton through the Y.E.S.S. shelter and Armory Drop-In Center.  Contact
  13. The Neighbour Centre provides programs and services to individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty to help them in their journey to build, and sustain, a healthy life. To volunteer, donate or learn more, contact 780 439-5216 or at
  14. Open Door Project: works to prevent homelessness by supporting former inmates through their successful transition from prison back into the community; providing mentorship, support groups, and chaplaincy services. Contact 780-439-3654 ext. 805 or
  15. Participate in the annual Homeless Connect event.
  16. Contribute furniture and household goods to Homeward Trust’s FIND program. Contact 780-988-1717 or
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