5819 Bowness Road NW
Calgary, AB T3B 0C5
CEO: John Rook
Board Chair: Nav Shergill

Charitable Reg. #:11915 0589 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 63 cents are available for programs.

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About Simon House:

Simon House Residence Society is a 4-star, financially transparent charity with Average demonstrated impact. It has a results reporting grade of A-, which is above average. Its overhead spending is outside Ci’s reasonable range. Its reserve funds can cover six months of annual program costs. 

Founded in 1982, Simon House Residence Society (Simon House) is a Calgary-based recovery centre for adult men struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. The charity aims to empower individuals to achieve long-term recovery.  

Simon House follows the American Society of Addiction Medicine definition of addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, and memory. The charity reports that the overall cost of substance abuse in 2020 was $49 billion in Canada and $7.2 billion in Alberta.  

The charity runs a partnership with Stonewall Recovery Centre, another Calgary-based addiction recovery centre. Stonewall treats 18- to 24-year-olds in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 

It runs four main programs: Active Treatment, Aftercare, Familycare, and Indigenous Services. The charity does not provide a program spending breakdown. 

Active Treatment runs 12-week residential recovery programs. Structured classes and routines are offered, alongside compulsory counseling in individual and group settings. During the program, clients must attend five Alcoholics/Narcotics/Cocaine Anonymous (AA/NA/CA) meetings, weekly alumni speaker meetings, monthly graduation meetings, and daily morning meditations and house meetings. In 2023, Simon House served 337 clients, of whom 192 graduated.  

Aftercare ensures long-term recovery once clients have graduated. Individuals receive individual and group mentorship and family support and conferencing. 

Familycare runs six weeks of two virtual sessions a week. It is designed to heal, support, and empower families. Participation is open to anyone who is impacted by a loved one struggling with addiction.  

Indigenous Services supports learning of Indigenous culture and history. Simon House employs a full-time Indigenous Coordinator to ensure traditions and customs are respected. In 2023, the charity reports that it served 75 Indigenous clients, of whom 39 graduated. 

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Results and Impact

 Simon House reports that upon entry, 79% of clients were experiencing homelessness. Upon completion, 73% of clients transitioned to sober or individual housing.  It also reports that 25 of its graduates achieved one year of sobriety. 

It states that the program cost per client, which includes housing, recovery, and sobriety, is less than $15k. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Simon House’s results and impact. Charity Intelligence has given Simon House an impact rating of Average based on demonstrated impact per dollar. 

A Charity Intelligence 2021 Top 5 Calgary Impact Charity

Impact Rating: Average

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Simon House received $628k in donations and special events revenue in F2023. It also received $2.3m in government funding, although it reports this as fees for service. Administrative costs were 10% of revenues, less investment income. Fundraising costs, including those associated with its Stonewall partnership, were 27% of donations. Total overhead spending is 37%. For every dollar donated, 63 cents are available to go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Simon House had $1.3m in funding reserves in F2023. These reserves can cover six months of annual program costs. 

This report is an update that has been sent to Simon House for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 19, 2024 by Stellar Zhang.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.4%9.3%9.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.1%19.8%1.2%
Total overhead spending 36.5%29.1%10.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 49.1%51.1%24.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 531,804504,944540,024
Government funding 2,302,8572,146,3431,480,502
Fees for service 000
Lotteries (net) 289,670237,26686,092
Special events 96,37886,8040
Investment income 32,5201800
Other income 172,764202,8410
Total revenues 3,425,9933,178,3782,106,618
Program costs 2,613,4172,418,0441,750,883
Administrative costs 319,272296,596205,089
Fundraising costs 170,212117,2156,295
Other costs 11,55810,09911,921
Total spending 3,114,4592,841,9541,974,188
Cash flow from operations 311,534336,424132,430
Capital spending (215,282)(699,341)60,199
Funding reserves 1,283,1351,236,266436,684

Note: Ci reported bingo and casino income under lotteries. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions related to donations, lotteries, and government funding. This affected revenues by $70k in F2023, $147k in F2022, and $867 in F2021. Ci included investment income in revenues in F2023, affecting it by $33k. Ci included gain of sales of capital assets in revenues in F2022, increasing it by $202k. Ci also included government assistance in revenue in F2021, affecting it by $58k. Ci adjusted for deferred capital contributions within other revenue, affecting it by $173k in F2023 ($nil in F2022 and F2021). Ci adjusted for gain on the disposal of capital assets in F2022, affecting it by $203k. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 29

Avg. compensation: $65,093

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2023

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.simonhouse.com
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