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Five leading agencies collaborating for change. We give voice to over 30,000 Edmontonians.
We mobilize collective action in the community.
We invest in systems change.

We are a collaborative partnership of five leading Edmonton agencies including Terra Centre for Teen Parents, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Boyle Street Community Services, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre. We give a voice to the 30,000 people we serve collectively and are committed to working differently to better serve children and families in Edmonton.

 

Between the five organizations, we support and empower:
• Indigenous individuals and families
• Some of the most economically, socially and culturally marginalized children, youth and adults in our inner city
• Newcomers, immigrants and refugees
• Vulnerable children and their families
• Teen parents

Our Collective Strength

Our collective strength enables us to take risks, work differently, and respond to emerging needs more quickly. In our initiatives on the ground, together with government and agency partners, we use research and best practices to change the way we work and achieve stronger outcomes for children and families. We are relentless in taking our learnings to the systems level. We’ve identified barriers that are common to all vulnerable Edmontonians - for example safe and affordable housing and accessible mental health services. C5 advocates for systemic change to address these complex issues, leveraging our collective voice and championing the issues our community members care about.

The Hub

As a collaborative of five agencies, together with community partners, we developed the North East Community Hub based on seamless integrated service delivery. This means one door in for people to access the services they need - either right in the community, or with help to get to where they need to go. Families rarely present with a single need; they are usually dealing with multiple challenges. The goal is to address the full range of social determinants of health, in order to effectively support people in moving out of poverty. The North East Hub brings as many supports as possible into one place so that people don’t have to travel all over the city, telling their story multiple times, to
multiple strangers just to access the supports and services that they need.
We recognize that while there may be a variety of supports available for those in need, the system can be so complicated to navigate that families in need are often unable to access them. The C5 is dedicated to working to break down these barriers and helping our community members navigate the complex systems of government and social supports to get where they need to go.

At the Hub, families can access:

• Employment and business development supports
• Housing through C5 agencies and CIVIDA
• Parenting supports
• Early Childhood Development supports
• Financial planning
• Mental health and addiction supports
• Food security
• And a variety of other programs and services that continually evolve based on feedback from our community!

Our Resources & Partnerships

The NE Hub community space with a collective kitchen is a place where people can access wrap-around services, build community connections and access child-minding. The community space is designed to ensure everyone feels they belong, welcome to share their food, cultures and stories, building relationships and supports for each other.
In 2021, 5,195 people accessed support through the C5 Hub!

 

The Hub has also expanded to include the Community Market in partnership with the Food Bank, Belmont Sobeys, Giant Tiger and H&W Produce, where our community members struggling with food security can shop for fresh produce and essentials at no cost. The market enables us to better support our community members to utilize voice and choice in their food selections rather than a pre-set food hamper where some ingredients may not be familiar to those with different cultural backgrounds. Our Community Market aims to allow our community members to shop with dignity, and feed their families based on their own cultural preferences and values. While they are shopping, our staff are able to support them to access other resources through the C5 agencies and other partners to provide full wrap-around supports. We also continue to provide emergency hampers to those most in need when our program is at capacity or community members are unable to travel.

The C5 is thrilled to be partnered through the City of Edmonton with the Clareview Recreation Centre, a mere five minutes from the Hub. This partnership allows our community members to access free programming and utilize the facilities at the Recreation Centre at no cost.

While programs and services continue to grow in response to the needs of our community, one thing stays the same: C5’s commitment to building community, breaking down barriers, working differently and empowering families all over Edmonton not just to survive but to thrive

If you want to be a part of the C5 family, please reach out to us if you would like to run a program out of the Hub, volunteer, or donate!