"So much healing and growth took place for me at Youville"
"Youville is the greatest thing that ever happened to me. It gave me strength I never knew I had. I wish more women could have the experience."
"Youville helped me get back on my feet. I now have a better understanding of how violence and addiction have affected me. I have regained my self-respect and started a healing process."
The Youville Board and Staff are committed to promoting the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, wellness, economic self- sufficiency and happiness of a very challenged portion of our Calgary community. Our Clients, if otherwise untreated, would likely remain vulnerable human beings and be underutilized resources for the community. They could become a very costly burden to our health care system and their children, in turn, could become an economic burden to our social welfare system.
The success of Youville is measured by its impact on those women whose lives have been positively changed by the program.
The greater Calgary community benefits from empowering women in need, who face daily hardships and roadblocks that prevent them from living better lives.
Youville provides services for women eighteen years of age and older who have addictions, experiences of abuse, and mental health distress, in a unique, long-term residential care treatment program facility located in southwest Calgary. Youville is a two-phase treatment program with safe, caring, homelike facilities, which are integrated into the community. We also offer a Day Treatment component of the program which needs expansion to meet client needs. Outreach services, individual counselling, and group counselling sessions are the core aspects of the programs. The residential program currently has the capacity to serve thirty-seven women, four with their children.
Women can spend up to two years at Youville. Once they leave and return to the community, they continue to maintain contact as needed through outreach programs and follow-up support groups to maintain a sober, functional lifestyle. Many come back to volunteer and mentor others, contributing valuable insights and skills after they have completed the program.
New Beginnings: Group Residential Program
Phase One offers a structured program with professional counsellors onsite 24 hours a day, which provides:
• Individual therapy counselling and healing
• Group work
• Life management
• Independent living skills
• Individualized program
• Physical exercise
• Recreational/leisure and other activities
New Directions: Shared Accommodation
Under guidance women learn to develop:
• Independent living skills, promoting self-sufficiency and individual responsibility
• Residents anticipate being employed, enrolled in education, training and/or volunteering
• Continued agency support and regular counselling contact
Family Enhancement: 4-Plex Women and Children
The 4-Plex offers:
• Independent living for women with their children while in recovery
• Continued agency support through counselling