Our House was founded in 1984 as a result of concerns by parishioners of St. Stephen the Martyr Anglican church. At the time, the area around the church was surrounded by people in need, including many people with substance use disorders, who used the area as a safe place. The house was originally founded as a halfway house, looking to give people a way to reshape their lives by providing drop-in services offered by a dedicated team of volunteers. Eventual renovations allowed for short stays by young male and female people who use drugs.
Mortgage funds obtained from Alberta Mortgage and Housing Corporation under the Special Housing Needs Program. The 35-year mortgage received an interest subsidy. This is used to purchase the John Hilton House in the Cromdale area. Our House commits to continued community service.
A Program Manager is hired to develop a comprehensive and structure Recovery Program, including hosting 12 Step meetings.
A Fundraiser/Volunteer Coordinator is hired to develop a fundraising plan and a volunteer program.
A Life Management Skills course is added. The format of this program is experiential, teaching skills in everyday living, like communication, giving feedback, and facing fear. The course is open to the community and free of charge.
An anger management course (Understanding One's Anger) is added, dealing with the impact of anger and conflict in recovery. The course is open to the community and free of charge.
The garage of the John Hilton House is renovated into meeting and office space.
A part-time outreach worker is added to follow up with clients in our after care program.
Our House wins the "Gold Laurel Award for Innovation and Creativity in the Non-Profit Sector".
A donation from Homeward Trust for over $3 million CAD is used to purchase larger enhanced facilities located in West Edmonton. The John Hilton House is purchased by the Capital Region Housing Corporation.
Capacity is increased from 34 to 42. A full time Admissions Supervisor is added to handle the large volume of admissions and public inquiries.
Capacity is increased from 52 to 54. A partnership with Alberta Health Services allows for the creation of 4 concurrent disorder treatment beds with Alberta Hospital. A partnership with the Edmonton Bereavement Centre begins Grief/Bereavement Programs twice a year.
Capacity is increased from 54 to 56. A modular trailer is donated by ATB Financial for residents to use as a gym and video game area.
Capacity is increased from 56 to 58.
Our House has maximized capacity from 58 to 60, and has a wait list. Our House adds a customized 160 day graduate refresher program for those that require additional work.
Our House celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Today, Our House is no longer the halfway house we started out as. Now, we are a recovery centre with extensive programming, providing for more than just basic human needs and a safe environment free from drugs and alcohol. Along with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings held weekly, our programs have expanded to help our clients with their emotional and mental health, along with their physical and spiritual needs. We even have evening programming offered to accommodate individuals working or involved in outside programs! Volunteers usually put on one seminar a week, helping to care for the physical, spiritual, and social aspects of health and recovery.
Most of our referrals come from Edmonton's two detox centres, AADAC centres across the province, Henwood Treatment Centre, Poundmaker's Lodge, Hospitals, and Correctional Services, though many people first hear about our organization through word of mouth or community resources.