Our Belief

We believe in the human spirit and its resilience.  We take those who are in anguish, we give them a place to call home, attention and support. But most of all we show them that they are valued, and that moves mountains.

SHARP provides compassionate care using a trauma-informed approach by:

  • Respecting the inherent worth, identity, and dignity of each person without regard to ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.
  • Believing in the whole person and supporting the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of each person in an integrated manner. Supporting each person in an environment of acceptance, inclusiveness and safety.
  • Promoting innovation, creativity, and professionalism in its programming. Developing effective partnerships and collaboration with diverse communities and organizations.
  • Subscribing to a harm reduction approach where our philosophy is to maintain or enhance quality of life by providing non-judgemental care and support with compassion.

We provide care at a cost of less than $100 per day per resident which is anywhere from half the cost of hospice care to 1/18 the cost of acute hospital care.

Our Mission

“To provide quality, holistic care for the community’s vulnerable persons with complex health and social needs who are living with or are at highest risk of contracting HIV.”

Our Vision

Each person living with HIV will have a home and compassionate care to meet their needs.

Our Mandate

To develop, implement and support innovative programs to provide integrated care for persons living with HIV which reduces risk behaviours and prevents further transmission of HIV in the community.

Our Organization 

Established in 1990, the SHARP Foundation is a Calgary-based charitable organization (BN# 897948436 RR0001). SHARP is more than housing! Our homes are safe, secure environments allowing us to deliver an integrated spectrum of care for all clients. Each person we serve receives care aimed at their individual physical, medical, psycho-social and spiritual needs!

 The People We Serve

All the people the SHARP Foundation serves have an HIV+ diagnosis and are challenged with several other complex health and social needs which may include homelessness, poverty, hepatitis C, mental health issues, substance use, diabetes, cancers, history of trauma/abuse/criminalization and stigma/discrimination.