What We Do
In an age where marginalized Calgarians have few resources to fall back on, the Drop-In Centre is a one-stop resource for low-income and homeless Calgarians to access vital services and meaningful support to assist them in finding what they need to live, learn and thrive.
ENGAGING VULNERABLE PEOPLE:
Every day our clients wake up fully aware of the unspoken fear and stereotypes they will face once they set out in public. People cross the street or change seats on transit to avoid being too near to them. No feeling can match that level of loneliness and isolation. And nothing can prepare someone for the dehumanizing sense of visible invisibility it projects onto their world.
- In order to help the public feel more comfortable co-existing with homeless men and women in their communities, the Calgary Drop-In Centre has partnered with the City of Calgary, the Downtown Community Association and a number of local non-profit organizations to create the Engaging Vulnerable People workshop.
- This workshop has been especially well received by new recruits with the Calgary Police Service and EMS — many of whom have reported the incredible difference it has made in improving their interactions with homeless populations.
50% of Calgary Drop-In clients regularly work; and 58,000 Calgary households are one pay cheque, or crisis, away from homelessness.
OTHER SERVICES WE OFFER:
- 24/7 BUILDING ACCESS: Our compassionate and well trained staff work around the clock providing 24/7 Building Access and 24/7 Care to our clients.
- ARTBEAT STAGE: Through a combination of volunteerism and donations, every Friday night the Calgary Drop-In Centre brings in musical acts both locally and travelling around the continent to provide a musical solace for our community.
- BUILDING SECURITY: Our team of licensed and well trained security staff work diligently to protect our clients, staff, and property. Our clients are vulnerable persons and our Centre is a safe haven where our clients know that their welfare always takes precedence.
- COMMUNITY GARDEN: Five years ago, Downtown Calgary and the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre created a garden oasis amidst a concrete jungle with a community garden. While community gardens have become common, this one is unique in that the gardeners so far have been Drop-In Centre (DI) volunteers and clients.
- In 2015, we served a total of 10,965 people, 88% of which were men; and we also served 1,239,964 meals, including 170,009 bagged lunches for people who work.
- 97,382 clothing items were distributed and 36,509 laundry appointments were made; 18,572 counselling session referrals were made, including 2,283 to government agencies.
- Our employment office placed 11,574 jobs in 2015, all of which were guaranteed a minimum of $12 per hour.