Boyle Street makes a difference
Boyle Street Community Services is a non-profit Edmonton agency which assists individuals and families challenged by homelessness and poverty. First established in 1971 as a small storefront operation, the agency has grown to meet the needs of its client community, and now each year more than 12,000 people – more than 70 per cent of whom are of Aboriginal descent – access the wide range of supports and services which are available.
Many of our daily clients are either sleeping rough or in shelters. They are all, without exception, extremely poor, and many of them are marginalized because of their ethnicity and their poverty.
At our centre in the inner city we do all we can to support them. We provide cultural, outreach, mental health, housing, family and youth and employment services as well as a drop-in where the community can enjoy great food, warmth and companionship.
We also have group homes in different Edmonton locations which are for children and at risk youth ranging in age from two to 17.
And in the northeast of the city we own a 62-unit apartment building which houses many people who were previously homeless.
We also partner with other agencies to provide services which complement those offered by Boyle Street. These range from child and youth focused programs to needle exchange and health supports for street involved sex trade workers.
At the heart of our work, we listen, care and empower our clients in order to assist them to find solutions. Our community members are diverse, and we welcome everyone. We serve adults, youth and families and act as a knowledgeable resource for aboriginal, LGBTQ and new immigrant communities. Learn more about our history and mission.
We are located at 10116 – 105 Avenue in Edmonton’s Boyle Street-McCauley community.
Our Drop-in Centre and offices are open from:
- May 1 to October 31: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
- November 1 to April 30: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Reach us by telephone: (780) 424-4106
All photos by Ken Armstrong