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

Charitable Reg. #:11915 0589 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Simon House:

Founded in 1982, Simon House provides a 12-step-based addiction treatment and recovery program for adult males in Calgary, Alberta. The charity has a mission to help men achieve long-term recovery from addiction and all its effects.

A Charity Intelligence 2021 Top 5 Calgary Impact Charity

Men enroll in treatment annually across Simon House’s three phases of addiction recovery. The first phase is called Active Treatment. It is a highly structured 12-week residential program. Clients in this phase are required to attend two one-on-one counselling sessions per week for the first four weeks of the program. During the entire program, clients are required to attend five Alcoholics/Narcotics/Cocaine Anonymous (AA/NA/CA) meetings, weekly alumni speaker meetings, monthly graduation meetings, and daily morning meditations and house meetings.

Phase two is Transitional Care. It is semi-independent and takes place in a separate facility, but with substantial support and programming. It includes mentoring a phase one participant and paying market rent for their housing. Transitional Care is typically four months long.

In the third phase, Independent Sober Living, clients live in an independent sober living house in the local community. Clients are required to have full-time employment and a sponsor in the community. They must also attend weekly counselling sessions and community meetings, in addition to monthly graduation and alumni meetings.

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Results and Impact

Simon House reports on the social return on investment of its work. The charity reports that for $20k per year, the charity can return its clients to the workforce and keep them out of jail and the hospital. It estimates that homelessness, incarceration, and in-patient hospital care cost society roughly $55-$110k, $88k, and $292-$438k per year, respectively.

Simon House surveyed 96 clients after they had completed their Active Treatment program. 96% of men reported improvement in stress management, 89% reported improvement in hopefulness and positivity about the future, 91% reported improvements in their self-esteem/self-confidence, and 95% report having the necessary tools to decrease their risk to re-offend.

41% of men who completed the Active Treatment program (approximately 39 people) were housed in Simon House Transitional Housing.

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 $603k in donations and special events fundraising in F2020. The charity also received $859k in program fees. Administrative costs were 11% of revenues and fundraising costs were 2% of donations. For every $1 donated, 87 cents went to the cause. This falls within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Simon House has funding reserves of $230k which can cover 18% or two months of annual program costs.

Ci has sent this profile update to Simon House for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 29, 2021, by Shira Wine.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.7%16.1%16.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.9%1.7%2.3%
Total overhead spending 12.6%17.9%18.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 18.1%12.0%10.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 476,653477,328354,111
Government funding 243,19800
Fees for service 858,548802,365929,820
Special events 126,174157,850210,431
Total revenues 1,704,5731,437,5431,494,362
Program costs 1,270,4831,314,4771,186,373
Administrative costs 182,663232,015240,767
Fundraising costs 11,25410,94012,758
Total spending 1,464,4001,557,4311,439,898
Cash flow from operations 240,173(119,888)54,464
Capital spending 21,73720,99550,808
Funding reserves 229,645157,116129,692

Note: Ci reported program, administrative, and fundraising costs from Simon House’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci backed out amortization pro-rata.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 20

Avg. compensation: $33,199

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.simonhouse.com
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001