Breaking the cycle of poverty

Despite Alberta’s wealth and opportunity, poverty is one of our most fundamental social problems. Nearly 400,000 Albertans live in poverty, including 73,000 children, at a cost of more than $7 billion every year.

Poverty is complicated—its effects often compound its causes. If you can’t afford housing, transportation and decent clothes, it is harder to get and keep a good job.

At Aspen, we do more than just alleviate the immediate effects of poverty, such as a lack of access to the basics necessities of food, shelter and heat. We support people in setting their own goals for self-reliance, and building the skills, assets, education and community support they need to create sustainable lives for themselves and their families.

When we work together to break the cycle of poverty, our whole community benefits.