Your gift improves seniors’ lives
Calgary is no ordinary city. Yet, along with our spirit, and enviable sense of community, there is a serious lack of affordable housing and services for seniors.
We want to assure Calgary seniors they will have a safe, affordable home with the appropriate services and supports, now and in the future.
While supporting people to age successfully is complex, it is simple to understand that investing in our aging population today benefits us all. When people are properly housed, with quality nutrition, cognitive engagement and a connected community of people around them, they are healthier, happier, safer and more engaged. This helps ease the burden on our healthcare system. Silvera believes it makes good sense – financially and socially – to invest in and develop homes where older individuals can age well, living their best lives.
Why support Silvera? Read our Case for Support.
How seniors benefit from your gift
Silvera Cares Fund
The Silvera Cares Funds ensures that residents have what they need when their finances can’t quite stretch to cover unexpected expenses. The fund also supports initiatives that celebrate our residents and promote positive mental well-being.
Every Silvera supportive living community has a Comfort Closet residents may access when they are running low on personal hygiene items they either cannot afford or cannot buy when they need them. This program also provides taxi chits so residents can attend important appointments if they don’t have the funds to get there. Comfort Closets also provide clothing, coats, boots, shoes and warm winter accessories for residents who don’t have the money to buy these necessary items.
Transitions is a program that helps residents with moving or cleaning when they are moving into or between Silvera communities. This program supports residents who don’t have a network of their own to help them.
Turning 100 is a significant milestone! This program provides special wishes and a party for residents who turn 100 while living with us.
This program helps residents who cannot afford their medication or other supplies, such as compression stockings, hearing aid batteries, or syringes for insulin.
Silvera is one of the few seniors housing providers with a dedicated research program. We strive to break from any conventional thought or practice that is not helpful to us, and continually seek new ways of doing things. Innovation is one of our organizational values!
This fund supports Silvera’s Life, Learning, and Leisure programs, research initiatives, and other innovative programming piloted by our Service & Operations team. Life, Learning, and Leisure Programs Silvera’s Life, Learning, and Leisure programs encourage residents to be curious, keep learning, try new things, continue doing what they love, stay active and engaged. Our programs include the following:
Silvera Athlete (physical activities)
Silvera Artist (dance, music and visual arts programming)
Silvera Scholar (mind-challenging activities)
Community Building Fund
Silvera works with all orders of government to ensure our buildings are maintained and safe and that we are growing our affordable housing portfolio for seniors to meet the need in our community. Community contributions to our capital priorities allow Silvera to strategically allocate and maximize available government funding.
Property Enhancement Program
This program provides the “extras” that are not typically funded through our government partners.
Affordable Housing Capital Program
Silvera is committed to increasing the number of affordable housing units available to seniors in Calgary. Government programs that fund the construction of affordable housing typically require community investment and contribution to projects. Silvera strategically leverages its available internal funds to partner with all orders of government to get projects built. This program enhances Silvera’s ability to access the necessary funding to move forward its Capital Growth Plan.
Ways to Give
Make a one-time donation
A one-time donation – small or large – will help us provide safe, affordable housing for seniors.
Make a monthly gift
Monthly gifts support our work in helping seniors add life to their years.
Consider donating publicly traded securities including shares and mutual funds.
Donate a Gift-In-Kind
Silvera's Comfort Closets provide hygiene products (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) and basic supplies (like laundry soap).
Honour Someone Special
Making a donation in honor of someone special is a wonderful way to express your appreciation and show gratitude for them. Or, make a donation in memory of someone who has impacted your life.
Fundraise for Seniors
Silvera supporters have hosted a variety of event types, including silent auctions, garage sales, car washes, bake sales and dinner parties. If you’re considering hosting a fundraiser, please review our third-party fundraising package.
Don't waste your time waiting at the bottle depot. Book a pick up of your recyclables from home, through SkipTheDepot, and donate your deposits to Silvera.
Leave a Legacy
When you give a legacy gift, you provide current and future resident with unforgettable opportunities. Planned gifts may be through a bequest, a life insurance policy or other planned giving options.
For more information about how to donate and donation options and opportunities, please reach out to Nadine Maillot,
Senior Manager, Stakeholder and Donor Engagement, at [email protected].