Monday, January 25, 2016

Community Investors VI: The Distress Centre

The sixth non-profit highlighted in the CIES Community Investors Series is the Distress Centre. As Calgary’s only 24 hour community support agency, the Distress Centre ensures everyone is heard — any time they want to talk, text or chat.  Distress means something different to everyone, so support, counselling and referral services to help with any kind of crisis are offered. No problem is too small.

Crisis intervention prevents bad situations from getting worse. Giving people the skills to overcome distress makes a stronger, healthier future for everyone. While the volume of calls, the look and the name have changed in 40 years, the Distress Centre’s belief in voluntarism and partnership remains unchanged. Their core values of 24 hour, non-judgemental, free, accessible support exist today as they always have and will continue to do so in the future.

Everyone has difficult times; even dark times; those phases of your life  when you feel overwhelmed, hopeless or just need someone to talk to. The Distress Centre is here for you. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year.

Thank you to Distress Centre for the invaluable service you have provided the city of Calgary for more than 40 years. For more information about Distress Centre, along with possible career or volunteer opportunities, please visit their website.

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