Bissell Centre

Through our vision to eliminate poverty in our community, and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. Our mission is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity. We enable people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life.

Recent Blog Posts

National Volunteer Week Feature: Meet Saroj Saher
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Saroj Saher has volunteered with Bissell for an astounding 30 years and has seen Bissell grow substantially in that time. Over the course of a phone conversation, Saroj told me about her earliest days at Bissell and the many roles she has filled as a volunteer.   In the early 1990s, she said, “Bi...
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Chance’s Story of Hope
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My name is Chance. I’m 25 years old and live at Hope Terrace, a permanent supportive home that is run by Bissell Centre. I have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder—a type of brain injury with no cure—so I need help with things like coping with my emotions, keeping appointments, and cooking. Before I ...
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From Grief to Hope: David’s Story
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My name is David and the holidays are a lonely time for me. You see, I lost my entire family in three tragic accidents. I couldn’t cope with the grief, so turned to substances to find peace. Thankfully, Bissell Centre was there to pick me up when I needed help. So how did I get […] The post...
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A New Chapter of Collaboration Amid COVID-19
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Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much – Helen Keller Collaboration is not new to Bissell Centre and our fellow social service agencies.  We have often sat at the same tables advocating for the individuals we serve; providing a unified voice for those who may not otherwise be heard...
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Supporting People With FASD at Bissell Centre
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September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) month. Since 1999, FASD activists have held World FASD Awareness Day events on 09/09 to represent the nine months of pregnancy, often highlighted with a bell ringing ceremony at 9:09 am. FASD is a lifelong disorder that affects people from all w...
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Bissell’s Community Space opens again!
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We are excited to open the doors to our Community Space on August 17, once again providing an inviting, engaging and welcoming environment for the community. Operations will look a little different, but participant needs always come first at Bissell Centre.  While we adapt our activities to meet ...
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Homeless Amid COVID – Edmonton’s Collaborative Response
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#HomelessAmidCOVID is a video series highlighting Edmonton’s collaborative response to protect people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. Episode 1: The Day Services Take a tour through the Day Drop-in located at the Edmonton Expo Centre to learn about the critical services provided and ho...
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How you can offer hope during COVID-19
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When it was clear physical distancing was necessary for everyone’s safety, we immediately recognized that people who didn’t have a home to go to were at great risk. People without a home, a shower, laundry facilities, and all manner of basic amenities are already susceptible to health issues. The...
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Protected: Protecting The Safety of our Community Amidst COVID-19
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7 Memorable Highlights of 2019
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We are so grateful for the opportunities that were made possible in 2019 thanks to our community of supporters! Here are just 7 of the many memorable moments and significant happenings in 2019: 1) Community Delivers Mountain of Warm Clothing During Cold Snap Just as we are experiencing right now,...
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