A compassionate response to pregnant women and new moms that find themselves in challenging life circumstances.
Elsie’s House is a temporary housing program located in Lethbridge, Alberta, that exists to equip pregnant women and new moms with a safe and caring place to call home. This is an opportunity for women in need to be part of a program that aims to prepare them for life on their own as a parent. Clients can apply anytime during pregnancy and up to the baby’s 1st year. How long a woman can stay at Elsie's House varies depending on the unique circumstances of each mother and whether she arrives pregnant or parenting. Each woman has her own bedroom and shared living spaces with roommates. During a client's stay at Elsie's House, staff will provide classes and resources that focus on healthy living, finances, parenting skills and life skills to help residents reach their goals, and to invest in their future. Clients are connected to community resources and
encouraged to find long term housing when they are ready to be independent.
"As soon as I set foot in Elsie’s House, I felt at home and safe for the first time in a long time…it was a new beginning.”
How We Got Our Name
Elsie Alexander has made it her life’s work to show people their inherent worth. Every human life has value and all of us have something to contribute to the world!
While Elsie lived in Lethbridge from 1972-2007, she was a warrior for the rights of women and children –always sacrificing her time for those in need. Numerous boards and committees benefited from her leadership skills, humility, and willingness to serve.
We are so honored to name this space after her.
Elsie’s House is a non-profit organization that is dependent on our generous donors. If you would like to support us financially, please click on our donation button below. Elsie’s House also accepts gently used baby items up to 24 months old, to distribute to families in need in our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a fee to stay at Elsie's House?
Yes. Program fees are calculated for each client based on income and debt. A lack of financial resources is not a barrier to admission.
How long can I stay at Elsie's House?
Clients are able to apply anytime during pregnancy and up to the baby's 1st year. How long a woman can stay at Elsie's House varies depending on the unique circumstances of each mother and whether she arrives pregnant or parenting.
How do I apply for the Elsie's House Program?
Reach out to the Elsie's House staff via our email address or by phone to receive an application form. Our contact information is posted below.
Do I have to share a bedroom?
No. At Elsie's House each client will have their own bedroom that they will share with their baby upon arrival. All living spaces will be shared with staff and other clients of Elsie's House
Does Elsie's House provide 24/7 care?
No. Elsie's House is not staffed 24/7. There is an office on site that the staff work from, and clients are able to reach the staff in a case of emergency. We do have cameras monitoring the property for the safety of our clients.
What are the requirements to be part of this program?
All clients must be a legal adult, and either be pregnant or a new mom. For more information regarding eligibility please contact the Elsie's House staff.
How can I donate?
If you are donating money, you can click our donate button posted below. If you prefer to mail a cheque or make an e-transfer, please call, or email the staff team. Any donations that are eligible for a tax receipt will receive one.
What items do you accept for donations?
Elsie's House accepts gently used baby items including cribs, bassinets, play mats, baby carriers, etc. We also accept clean clothing for boys and girls up to 24 months. Other than used car seats, we accept anything a baby can use in the first 2 years of life, that is in gently used condition.
Did you get the answer you needed?
We would love to hear from you so we can answer any of your questions. Please reach out to us via email or by phone.