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This approach and the dedicated staff at Fresh Start offer individuals the best chance for lasting sobriety.” Jacob M.


Wish List

The Basic Items:

  • Running shoes, sandals & slippers 
  • New socks & new underwear
  • Work out clothes - T-shirts, muscle shirts, sneakers, track pants, shorts and weight room gloves
  • Jeans, casual pants and shorts
  • T-shirts both long & short sleeve
  • Outdoor jackets & hoodies (cleaning your closet? we will take winter jackets)
  • Outside work attire - work boots, gloves, Fire Retardant (jackets, pants & coveralls)
  • Sports Equipment - hockey equipment (sticks, pucks and skates), baseball equipment (cleats, bats & gloves), Tennis rackets and balls, Swiming trunks, new yoga mats
  • Razors, shave cream, deoderant & toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Reading glasses
  • Alarm clocks
  • Recovery related literature (NA-AA)
  • Bus passes or tickets
  • Gift certificates for men and their families; Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, Tim Horton’s, Starbuck's, movie theatres, Zoo passes, Telus Spark, Heritage Park,Event tickets (hockey, football, concerts), iTunes, etc 
  • Bath towels
  • Twin linens
  • Journals
  • Laundry Pods
  • Fuel Cards
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Copy Paper
  • Art supplies - framing supplies, paper, acrylic paint, coloured pencils, pastels, etc.
  • Pens and highlighters

Kitchen Items:

  • Coffee (Ground) and tea
  • Bib aprons (black prefered)
  • Stand Mixer
  • Can openers
  • Pancake Dispenser
  • Chaffing Dishes
  • Full size Aluminum Sheet Pans
  • Pastry display case
  • Cambro clear food storage containers with lids
  • Grocery gift cards
  • Commercial countertop bread / bagel slicer

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Musical instruments
  • Shovels
  • 40’ industrial extension ladder
  • 16’ industrial step ladder

Community Support Items:

If you have goods or provide a service that you feel would be helpful to Fresh Start and those we serve.  Please contact or 403-387-6266.


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Starting May 28th, my goal is to cycle across Canada inspiring others to be vulnerable and ask for help; as well as join the fitness community and live a healthy lifestyle. My route from St. John's to Victoria will incorporate stops along the way at 10 or more treatment centres. I hope to share my story, help make connections to fitness, and donate $1000 to help set up fitness programs in the centres.

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We have been invited to participate in and chosen as one of the recipients of The Calgary Scotiabank Marathon on May 28, 2017. We need your support. Join and show your support to our motley crew, "The Recovery Runners", and help us raise $10,000 for addiction recovery. There are participation levels for everyone; join in the 5 km walk or run, 10 km or half marathon run as well as the kid's marathon.
Every STEP you take will help make a difference for the men and families Fresh Start serves.

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Introducing Connie, the face behind the front desk.She is most in touch with waitlist clients, in-house clients and alumni. The waitlist clients generally number 100 or so and each one of them is required to call daily to let us know how they are doing.  Admittance to the day program, or the residential program, is done from the main waitlist.  We have other waitlists for specific population groups and they are separate from the main list. I talk to many mothers and fathers who are trying to find help for their child and I try to provide them with information that will help. I receive calls from as far away as Nova Scotia. Spend time talking with the parents about our Family Healing Program and how it will help them in their understanding of the addict/alcoholic.  They are grateful for the information I provide. All of these different contacts are satisfying and I am grateful to be of help. I also let all of these contacts know that I am also in recovery and we share and laugh about certain circumstances.

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7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program Alumni

8:00 PM –
1:00 AM

Clean and Sober Dance

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Alumni Birthday Celebration

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

*NEW Start - Family Healing Program

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program