Jan 22, 2019

Your Role in Fresh Start's First Year of GlobalGiving


Your support in 2018 helped Fresh Start to continue to do important work to save lives.

This past year has been a particularly challenging one in many respects with Opioid poisonings - in particular Fentanyl - still a major concern and the economy causing some major trauma that translates to heightened rates of alcoholism and drug addiction.

Some good news is that you helped Fresh Start become a Top Ranked, Effective and SuperStar Agency on The GlobalGiving platform!

Some more good news is that Fresh Start has once again been named one of Canada's Top 10 Impact Charities for 2018 by Charity Intelligence Canada meaning that your investment in Fresh Start yield unusually high social returns on investment.

We are grateful to you for making it possible to do the important work that we do to help save the lives of people with the disease of addiction and those around them that have been affected by their addiction.

Please take a look at the results that you have helped make possible.

We are so Grateful to you!!!


Wayne Steer

Project Leader

Oct 22, 2018

3rd Quarter Update - #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men

Chart of 9 month success
Chart of 9 month success

Your gifts help so many people in ways you could not even imagine.

Dion C is an example of a young member of Canada’s Indigenous or Aboriginal community (comprising First Nations, Métis and Inuk or Inuit people) that Fresh Start helps. Aboriginal Peoples comprise 3.13% of the general population in the Calgary metropolitan area. Almost 20% of the men on our wait list are Aboriginal men and more than 15% of the men that Fresh Start houses, treats and supports are of either First Nations, Métis and Inuk heritage.

Many young people face a tremendous amount of trauma in their youth and turn to drugs and alcohol to dull the pain of the traumatic experiences. Dion faced more trauma than most young Aboriginal men; his father left the family before Dion turned one and his mother died when he was twelve years old.

Dion’s family stepped in to provide love and support and raise him, but the loss of both of his parents was heavy and outweighed his family’s love and support. Shortly after he lost his mother Dion began experimenting with alcohol and drugs, hanging out with other young people who used both heavily and his life spiraled downhill.

Dion’s family, and particularly his grandmother, tried to convince him to get away from home and find someplace where he could get away from the drugs, alcohol and the “friends” that would surely lead to his early death; they urged him to start a new life for himself.

Dion heard of this place our West in Alberta called Fresh Start and made the first step in turning his life around. Dion’s determination earned him a bed at Fresh Start and he did the work to change his life completely.

Now he has a job he loves, a life that he is proud of and hope for a very bright future.

Dion’s family was recently in Calgary to celebrate his first full year of sobriety on his road to long term recovery and a future none of them ever thought he would have.

Your support helped provide the services for Dion’s recovery.

Thank you for your kind and generous support 

Kindest Regards,


Wayne Steer, Director of Fund Development

Ps: Watch for news this week of how your investment in Fresh Start makes a huge impact  


Jul 25, 2018

Your Impact, 6 Months into #GratefulRecovery

Darius & Family photo - Taken at Alumni BBQ May 26
Darius & Family photo - Taken at Alumni BBQ May 26

Darius found that his life was unmanageable and wanted treatment for his disease so that he could be a better father to his children and partner for their mother. After completing the course, Darius has a renewed sense of confidence, commitment to family and appreciation for maintaining positive health and sobriety; he just recently celebrated the successful completion of his program (Gratitude). Now, Darius’ kids have their dad back for good.

Thank you again for contributing to Fresh Start’s GlobalGiving Campaign - “Your Gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men” – this past December.

You helped cover just over 46% of the costs of one (1) man’s recovery. This report gives you a snapshot of all the people Fresh Start served and saved in the first six months of 2018. (Men who entered the program on or after January 1st and left or remained prior to or on June 30th, 2018.

People Finding #GratefulRecovery

Since January 1st 484 unique individuals have contacted Fresh Start seeking treatment for their chronic illness of addiction. 81 (16.7%) of these men were welcomed into Fresh Start. 58 either completed, or are scheduled to complete, their program (completion rate above 70%, greater than the sector average between 5% and 10%).

During this period, more than half of the men are young (under 35), with the potential for a full, happy, productive life ahead of them. Approximately half reported alcohol as their “drug of choice”; this tends to fluctuate. Over 54% reported living in their own homes or with family or friends prior to coming to Fresh Start and 16% reported being First Nations, Innuit or Metis.

The cost of 16 weeks of treatment is $17,876.54 per person. The cost of successful program completion is effectively $24, 965 CDN per success (or $18,985 US * June 30th exchange rate).

See for Yourself

The video link below takes you on a tour through Fresh Start’s program, introduces you to some men who have been through the program and now deliver it, lets you hear from those who have had their lives transformed by the program and shows you how Fresh Start began and evolved into one of Canada’s most effective and most economical treatment centres.


Mr. Stacey Petersen, RSW                                                         Wayne Steer

Executive Director                                                                       Director of Fund Development

#GratefulRecovery Results 2018 (first 6 months)
#GratefulRecovery Results 2018 (first 6 months)


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