December 17, 2020

Ice Cream, Coffee, & Music: Local businesses team up for 5th annual holiday giveback campaign

The Mustard Seed is truly fortunate to collaborate once again with three local treasures this Christmas season. Monogram Coffee, Made…

Community, Edmonton, Calgary, Holiday Campaign, Ellen Doty, Made by Marcus, Monogram Coffee, Local

November 7, 2019

The Mustard Seed Receives a $10,000 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund Grant to Support Indigenous Wellness Program

On November 7, The Mustard Seed celebrated a $10,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund.

Donation, Indigenous, Calgary, Bell, Wellness, Let's Talk

October 31, 2019

“Next to the Fire” with Ellen Doty

It was after a lengthy conversation in a coffee shop with a man who was experiencing homelessness that the idea…

Calgary, Holiday Campaign, Ellen Doty, Made by Marcus, Monogram Coffee, Give Back

October 23, 2019

Celebrating 35 Years: Enriching Lives Through Expanded Services

The Mustard Seed is celebrating 35 years of ministry this year. Every month we will post a story from our…

Calgary, Anniversary, Shelter, Emergency Services

August 21, 2019

The Mustard Seed FASD Clinic

The FASD Clinic at The Mustard Seed is unlike any other clinic of its kind. The kind of clients that…

Calgary, Wellness, Health Clinic, Wellness Centre

July 9, 2019

Stampede 2019 For The Win

Our post-parade Stampede BBQ once again brought out the best in our neighbours and city! For our 12th straight year,…

Community, Calgary, Stampede

March 26, 2019

Celebrating 35 Years: Finding a New Home

It was in November of 1991 that we finally found that home. The location was perfect. It was closer to…

Calgary, Anniversary

March 8, 2019

Helping Clients Spring Into Their Interviews

As we approach the first day of spring (though it’s tough to tell at times) our employment team here at…

Events, Calgary, Employment

February 27, 2019

Celebrating 35 Years: Lights…Cameras…Action at The Mustard Seed

In 2006, movie trucks pulled up to The Mustard Seed homeless shelter carrying cameras, lights, and…movie stars. To add to…

Calgary, Anniversary

January 30, 2019

Celebrating 35 Years: Sowing Seeds of Hope

The Mustard Seed Street Ministry grew out of First Baptist Church’s Burning Bush Coffee House Ministry in Calgary, a drop-in…

Calgary, Anniversary

November 20, 2018

Meet Ron: A RESOLVE Campaign story

A stable home hadn’t exactly been a part of Ron’s life before moving into the 1010 Centre. He has moved…

Calgary, Story, Homelessness, Poverty, Housing

July 18, 2018

How Did Your Stampede Go?!

At The Mustard Seed, we kicked off the festivities with our annual Stampede BBQ last Friday after the parade, where…

Community, Events, BBQ, Calgary, Summer, Stampede

July 5, 2018

Buckley Siblings Will Kickoff Stampede BBQ

Once again The Mustard Seed is gearing up for our Friday Stampede BBQ where thousands of our neighbours come out…

Community, Calgary, Stampede

June 18, 2018

She Continues To Move On Up In The 1010 Centre

Jessica is an all-star resident! Back in March, she was interviewed by the Calgary Herald newspaper and we got…

Calgary, Housing, Residents, Hope, 1010 Centre

May 13, 2018

Mother-Daughter Overcome Obstacles Together and Build Hope

Mother’s Day around The Mustard Seed is not quite the traditional holiday we’re all used to celebrating.

Calgary, Homeless, Shelter, Volunteer, Housing, Hope, 1010 Centre

April 13, 2018

City Lawyers Cook a Fabulous Meal for 370 Hungry Guests

Lawyers and their staff at Balbi & Company Legal Centre consider themselves blessed to have healthy lives and careers full…

Community, Calgary, Give Back, Volunteer

March 30, 2018

Residents Choose Vulnerable Children for Special Surprise Gift

Every Sunday in the 1010 Tower, residents meet for Chaplain David’s Spiritual Care program where they come together to offer…

Community, Donation, Calgary, Give Back, Residents, 1010 Centre

March 29, 2018

The Mustard Seed and H&R Block Canada Partner Up

Workers who are experiencing homelessness face serious challenges that may prevent them from claiming income tax. Sometimes this means many…

Community, Calgary, Homeless, Support, Poverty, Taxes

March 21, 2018

A Place to Call Home

After almost 1000 stays at our Foothills Shelter, Ron has a place to call home.

Calgary, Homeless, Story, Shelter, Poverty

February 27, 2018

Art Night with Hailey: Marlborough Park Neighbour Centre

Meet Hailey, a skilled 9-year old with a sharp eye for painting works of art in minutes! On Thursday night,…

Community, Events, Calgary, Art, Family, Neighbour Centre

February 7, 2018

Big Night Out for 1010 Centre Residents

This past giving season, the newly annual Resident’s Night Out event proved once again to not only fill and feed…

Community, Gift, Events, Calgary, 1010 Centre

February 5, 2018

Colin’s Story: The Mustard Seed was a One-Stop-Shop

When Colin moved into the 1010 Centre in October 2015, he had done a lot of research about what he…

Calgary, Story, Recovery, Housing, 1010 Centre, Spiritual Care

October 12, 2017

Resident Andrew Says His Help Comes Through Many Hands

So often we hear about stories of how one life touches many. But here’s a story about how many lives…

Calgary, Story, Housing, Residents, 1010 Centre

September 28, 2017

It’s a Love Story

Diane, former 1010 Resident, is just back from an Alaskan cruise where she married Bradley, a gentle and kind man…

Calgary, Story, Residents, Family, Hope, 1010 Centre

September 15, 2017

From a Broken Dream to a New Purpose

Elaine was born in Montreal and lived a conventional life working as a deli clerk, pursuing her passion to become…

Calgary, Mental Health, Story, Employment, Housing, Residents, 1010 Centre

August 10, 2017

Denise’s Journey Leading to God

You’ll often find Denise sitting down in the lobby of the 1010 Centre visiting with friends she affectionately calls family.…

Calgary, Story, Shelter, Housing, Hope, 1010 Centre, Spiritual Care

July 20, 2017

Finding Hope After a Life of Addiction

37-year-old Lisa sits in the middle of the computer lab at The Mustard Seed Calgary’s Downtown Support Centre; this is…

Calgary, Mental Health, Story, Shelter, Addiction, Recovery, Refuge, Hope

June 26, 2017

From a Lifetime of Abuse, to a Safe Home at Last

You’ll find Diane most mornings and evenings knitting or crocheting in the modern lobby of the 1010 Centre – a…

Calgary, Mental Health, Housing, Residents, Family, 1010 Centre

April 24, 2017

Volunteers Breathe New Life into the Rooftop Garden

The garden on the rooftop of our downtown support centre in Calgary has become a place of peace and pleasure…

Community, Calgary, Volunteer, Garden, National Volunteer Week

April 12, 2017

Finding Hope in a Place Called Home – Ed’s Story

At 56, Ed was experiencing homelessness for the first time. He rode the C-Train until it stopped, then spent nights…

Calgary, Homelessness, Housing, Residents, 1010 Centre

March 24, 2017

First Alliance Church Collects 12,000 Pairs of Underwear for The Mustard Seed

Without the support we get from churches in the community, we would not be able to deliver some of the…

Donation, Calgary, Thank You, Give Back, In-Kind Donation, Church

March 10, 2017

Making Technology Accessible for our Most Vulnerable Citizens

At a time when technology has made communication more instant and convenient for many, it can still be difficult for…

Calgary, Technology

February 27, 2017

H&R Block Hosts Free Tax Clinic at The Mustard Seed

2017 tax season is here, and for many of our residents and guests and people experiencing poverty and homelessness in…

Community, Calgary, Taxes

December 23, 2016

Reclaiming Life and Giving Back

When Colin moved into the 1010 Centre in October 2015, he had done a lot of research about what he…

Calgary, Wellness, Story, Housing, Residents, 1010 Centre, Spiritual Care

December 23, 2016

Adam’s Gift

Two years ago around Christmastime, Luke Barton and his friend Adam Powell decided to do something incredibly special and kind…

Community, Donation, Gift, Events, Calgary, Christmas, Family, 1010 Centre

December 13, 2016

Please Donate a Food Hamper for a Family in Need

The demand for food hampers is great this year, and The Mustard Seed is in urgent need of items –…

Calgary, Christmas, Donate

November 18, 2016

Wellness Centre Seeks to Improve the Wellbeing of Calgary’s Most Vulnerable

On November 18, The Mustard Seed celebrated the opening of the Wellness Centre. The opening marks more than a…

Community, Calgary, Wellness, Wellness Centre

July 28, 2016

Shaw Employees Grow Hope at the 1010 Centre

At The Mustard Seed, we get to experience firsthand the dedication of organizations in our community to making Alberta a…

Events, Calgary, Volunteer

July 28, 2016

Makeover Day Brings Joy to 1010 Centre Women

I am very thrilled to share with you about an event that I had the opportunity to take part in…

Events, Calgary, Residents, 1010 Centre

July 28, 2016

St. Stephen’s Comes Through for Guests of The Mustard Seed

Reverend Brian E. Pearson, Rector of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, has a passion for people who are on the margins…

Calgary, Volunteer, Church, Donor

July 21, 2016

The Mustard Seed thanks YYC with Stampede BBQ

It was all about gratitude at The Mustard Seed’s annual Stampede BBQ on Parade Day, July 8, and we were…

BBQ, Calgary, Thank You, Stampede

June 17, 2016

Building Community in the Kitchen

Life is marked by relationships, and to Karen, one of our beloved volunteers who runs the Collaborative Kitchen at the…

Programming, Calgary, Volunteer, Housing, Residents, 1010 Centre

May 20, 2016

Caring About the Whole Person

Larry is a gentle man, who says he is incredibly grateful for the services he has accessed at The Mustard…

Calgary, Wellness, Homelessness, Housing, 1010 Centre

May 13, 2016

The Mustard Seed’s Shelter “Saved my Life"

Bruce is one of the original tenants of The Mustard Seed’s Beltline affordable housing building. He’s well-known by his neighbours,…

Calgary, Story, Shelter, Homelessness, Housing

May 9, 2016

Residents Celebrate an Incredible Donation

The Mustard Seed has retired the mortgage on one of our downtown apartment buildings thanks to an incredibly generous donation.

Donation, Calgary, Housing, Donor

April 2, 2016

Job Fair Gives Hope to the Unemployed

On March 21, with the hard work of our employment team, our job fair provided opportunities for people to network…

Events, Calgary, Employment

February 19, 2016

Corporations and Businesses Exemplify Calgary’s Culture of Giving

There’s a generosity gene in Alberta’s DNA – and it doesn’t stop with individuals. The Mustard Seed is a grateful…

Calgary, Give Back

February 4, 2016

The Coldest Night of the Year

Kelvin says when he was homeless, it was cold and frightening. Now that he has a home, he wants to…

Events, Calgary, Fundraiser, Cold, Winter, CNOY

January 25, 2016

Donors Make Safe and Affordable Housing Possible

Darren moved into The Mustard Seed’s 1010 Centre in May 2014. He has struggled with addiction most of his life,…

Calgary, Story, Homelessness, Housing, Residents, 1010 Centre

January 18, 2016

Hope Grows at The Mustard Seed’s 1010 Centre

When Michael moved into the 1010 Centre a year and half ago he says he felt “immediate warmth” from the…

Calgary, Mental Health, Story, Addiction, Recovery, Housing, Residents, Hope, 1010 Centre

December 29, 2015

Employment Program Celebrates its Clients

On December 18, The Mustard Seed hosted a Christmas dinner for clients in the Employment Program. The main floor of…

Events, Calgary, Christmas, Employment

December 24, 2015

Thank You for Giving Hope YYC/YEG

Christmas is a time of celebration and hope, but it can often seem hopeless for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.…

Edmonton, Calgary, Thank You, Christmas

December 22, 2015

The Gift of Hope through Shop & Wrap

Cheryl and her husband Cesar recently went shopping to get Christmas gifts for their seven grandchildren. This shopping trip, however,…

Donation, Calgary, Christmas, In-Kind Donation

December 11, 2015

Yellow Santa Hats Bring Joy to our Donors at Christmas

To say it’s busy at The Mustard Seed in December is an understatement! Generous Calgarians are constantly stopping by with…

Calgary, Give Back, Christmas, Donate

November 27, 2015

People Can #GiveHopeYYC in Many Ways

Like so many people in this world, our guests and residents would rather give than receive, but when you’re experiencing…

Calgary, Give Back, Christmas, Shelter, Homelessness, Poverty

November 6, 2015

The Unseen Weight of Carrying ‘Stuff’

When you’re experiencing homelessness – everything you own is one more load to carry. A lot of people complain…

Calgary, Shelter, Homelessness, Poverty, Housing

October 27, 2015

Underwear Is An Ongoing Need at The Mustard Seed

Underwear is an often-overlooked need for people experiencing poverty and homelessness. Food, shelter and clothes are top of mind, but…

Calgary, Edmonton, Underwear, Got Ginch, Need Knickers

August 13, 2015

For A City To Be Great, It Has It Care For Its Poor

The Bible tells an enlightening story in Daniel, Chapter 4. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon looks out over the city from…

Calgary, Housing, Bible

July 11, 2015

Residents at The Mustard Seed Unwind by Knitting

Once a week, a group of women and men who live in The Mustard Seed’s permanent supportive housing units meet…

Community, Calgary, Housing, Residents