We provide non-judgmental supports and advocacy to adults and encourage individuals to integrate into the community through socially supportive engagement and the opportunity to participate in meaningful activities. We provide opportunities for social and cultural engagement through employment, vocational and recreational activities.
The Robert Tegler Friendship Room (Adult Drop-in Centre) is a space for men and women to socialize, get their basic daily needs met, and get connected to information regarding food, employment and housing programs and services. Our staff members are on hand to provide a calm and safe environment. On average, 500 people attend the Drop-in Centre daily. Our doors are open seven days per week. More than 300 meals are served daily.
Our Address: 10530 – 96 Street, Edmonton, AB (Bissell Centre West Building)
Hours: 7:00am – 4:30pm (Monday – Friday) / 12:00pm – 4:00pm (Saturdays)
Our Drop-in Centre provides individuals with an opportunity to shower, use the telephone, do their laundry, use the bathrooms, access daily newspapers and Information regarding available resources. We also provide weekly services, including bingo, haircuts, arts and crafts, literacy development, card games and other recreational activities, and legal aid supports.
Because of the challenge homelessness poses to maintaining personal hygiene, we provide donated hygiene products when available, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, soap, and razors with shaving cream. Foot care provided is provided by Capital Health Community Health nurses.
Our adult support and mental health workers work closely with our Drop-in Centre. Our adult support workers assist with advocacy (call professionals, write letters of support, accompany individuals); make referrals to other agencies; provide assistance with medical issues; and offer emotional support.
An Intake Resource Worker is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday to meet with community members who have immediate needs such as obtaining medical care, clothing vouchers, social assistance, and advocacy. Free clothing is available through our Community Closet.
The Community Participation Program provides recreation, wellness, arts, culture, and educational opportunities for community members at Bissell Centre. Recreation and cultural experiences are an important part of what makes our communities vibrant, healthy and enjoyable places to be, and Bissell Centre is committed to ensuring that these opportunities are available for everyone, regardless of their circumstances.
The Community Participation Program can act as a bridge to build closer relationships with community members who use our services to meet their basic needs. Opportunities are available year round onsite, primarily in the Drop-in Centre, and encompass a variety of activities including games, arts and crafts, physical activities, Aboriginal programming and educational experiences.
For more information on our Community Participation program, please contact:
Community Participation Program Coordinator
Tel: 780.423.2285 ext. 355