To increased a sense of connection, support and community that encourages individuals and families to recognize their strengths and develop their potential.
To strengthen community by connecting people to support services and knowledge and provide needed resources in a supportive, non-judgemental atmosphere.
- Strength/Asset Based
The Leduc & District Emergency Shelter Association (LDESA) is a registered not for profit and is operated by a volunteer board of directors and volunteer staff. An office is housed within the Shaw Insurance Building in Leduc. Located at 5010 50 ave (west side entrance) Staff provides support and guidance to clients seeking community, social, health and government services. Working together with and in support of non-profit organizations, religious organizations, government agencies and social supports in the greater Leduc area, LDESA identifies and strives to fill the gaps in social services.
In addition, three distinct programs are operated out of the LDESA office:
"Coats for Families"-providing winter wear to individuals and families (October through February)
"Operation Night Angel"-providing short term emergency motel space to women victims of violence through referral from Camrose Women's Shelter.
"Community Inn Program"-meeting the needs of the temporarily un-housed by working with the local faith community to provide night time shelter and food (October through April). Providing care kits and blankets to those not wanting to use this option.
Leduc & District Emergency Shelter Association was formed in 2008 by a group led by David MacKenzie. After a needs study for a shelter in the Leduc community concluded that there was not the numbers to support a shelter of any kind, the organization decided to focus on the increase in domestic violence against women and put into place "Operation Night Angel". With the support of donations, they were able to provide short term motel space, when requested, to women fleeing domestic abuse, that were unable to access shelter space.
In 2012, meeting the need to have a central place where people could go to be supported and directed to the correct helping agencies, the Leduc Regional Hub was formed. The "Hub"very quickly became not only a referral agency, but also a place that filled in the gaps where needs could not be met elsewhere.
Both of these organizations, being run by small boards and totally volunteer operated, decided to join forces to better serve the many needs in the community. In 2013 the Leduc Regional Hub society was dissolved and the "Hub"becomes a program of LDESA.
Today the LDESA board continues to offer the following programs: the Hub, Operation Night Angel and the soon to be added Community Inn Program (October 2015).
Volunteers with LDESA take on many roles; board members, office staff, fundraising, event support.
All volunteers require a current criminal record check and two references. We welcome new volunteers regularly and operate volunteer training workshops.
Most of our volunteers come through the faith community with a passion to help people.
The majority of our funding comes from community groups, churches, businesses and individuals that recognize the importance of what we do.
We hold regular fundraising activities; our annual "Seeds of Hope"dinner and silent auction in the spring, "Bagging Event"and Craig's No Frills twice a year, hosting the concession for the City of Leduc outdoor movie.
We are a community based agency that welcomes input, support and ideas from citizens looking to make a positive impact on Leduc and area.