Through integrated programs and services, CUPS builds resilient lives for Calgarians facing the challenges of poverty and trauma.

Lasting Change

Using the science of brain development, CUPS provides integrated programs and services that help our clients manage adversity and build resilience. We focus on strategies that lead to lasting change, and we work with partners who are shaping better outcomes for generations to come.

See the CUPS Community Impact Report


Peter, Client

“CUPS made me feel that I was worth something.”

Morgan Mason, Volunteer

“I want to get more people to better their health.”

Asim Ghosh, Husky Energy CEO

“We applaud the work of CUPS and their commitment to make a difference.”


An Evidence-Based Approach

CUPS applies a body of scientific knowledge called the Brain Story, which helps to explain the connection between the experiences we have in our lives and our physical, emotional and social outcomes. Whenever a client comes to CUPS with a problem, we consider the big picture circumstances surrounding that problem. To do this, we use a tool called the Resiliency Matrix.

See the Resiliency Matrix


CUPS Awards

As we’ve evolved into an evidence-based social agency, CUPS has been recognized by multiple stakeholders for the impact of our programs and our commitment to building resilience in individuals, families and communities.

Top 10 Impact Charity, 2017 and 2018

Charity Intelligence Canada, an independent organization that helps donors make informed giving decisions, has awarded CUPS this honour for two consecutive years.

Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development, 2018

The Province of Alberta awards this honour to child development professionals and programs that make life better for children and families. CUPS received the award for the effort our Child Development Centre has made to increase resilience in its students and their caregivers.

CUPS Bruce Covernton Community Service Award

Honouring individual commitment to CUPS, this award recognizes and celebrates long-term, ongoing contributions that have positively impacted the lives of Calgarians.

2017: Bruce Covernton
2018: Dr. Rita Dahlke

United Way Spirits of Gold Social Innovation Award, 2017

CUPS received the 2017 United Way Spirits of Gold Social Innovation Award for the Resiliency Matrix, a science-based assessment tool CUPS developed to map clients’ progress as they move toward resilience.