Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak we are unable to accept donations from the general public and or facilitate any in-house volunteering. Due to the vulnerable populations that we work with we are being extremely cautious in order to ensure the safety of all individuals we serve as well as the community as a whole. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your cooperation. Rotary House will continue to provide updates on how the shelter is affected as the situation unfolds.
Rotary House of Grande Prairie
Rotary House (Wapiti Community Dorm Society, incorporated in 1996) offers 24/7/365 accommodation to a wide range of clients. Primary services include single-night emergency beds and mats, short-term housing, and permanent supportive bachelor suites.
We operate at capacity almost every night since July 2011.
Our state-of-the-art facility offers a professionally staffed on-site clinic, common lounge areas, common kitchen, all day coffee & water, library, computer kiosks, security camera monitoring, and laundry facilities on each floor. There are Outreach Workers / Housing Navigators and Housing First Assessment services. Plans are underway to arrange health & wellness and other supportive programming.
The Challenges of Homelessness
There are many causes of homelessness, including insufficient affordable housing and housing supply, low income, the gap between income and affordability, mental health, violence, and job loss to name a few. In Canada, there are up to an estimated 300,000 homeless people—living either on the streets or in shelters [like Rotary House]. Single men are the largest segment, but homelessness is rising among single women, lone-parent families, persons with mental illness, the working poor, and new immigrants.
(Source: The Homelessness Partnering Strategy Government of Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: 9 January 2010)