Grades 1-6 (Ages 6-12) These informative and educational presentation will be hosted in your classroom. The School Team Lead will come to your classroom to talk to your class about the DI, misconceptions the public have around homelessness and what we can do to help change the world!
Contact Person: Specialist, Community Education & Outreach
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The Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) is positioned to be the most effective housing-focused shelter in North America, but we can't do it alone. Partnering with local agencies, the DI is committed to community education and empowerment particularly with youth. By having open and educational conversation about homelessness and poverty, the DI is optimistic that our community's young people will grow up compassionate, inclusive and solutions-based in regards to homelessness. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for this Guide on Creating Kindness, please contact the Specialist, Community Education & Outreachcommunity@thedi.caThis curriculum was created in partnership with the Phoenix Foundation.Funding made possible by the Calgary Foundation.
Contact Person: School Program Team Lead
To receive the Homeless Awareness Project information please sign up for this opportunity. Upon signing up, the information will be sent to you via email.About the project: The Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) aims to provide educators with holistic tools to teach all grade levels about homelessness and empathy. To meet this need, the DI partnered with the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) to provides resources for Grades 9-12. Book programming directly through the Calgary Homeless Foundation; they will provide in-class support and then refer you back to Creating Kindness YYC to register for a hands-on experience, such as a tour or action project with the DI. About the Calgary Homeless Awareness Project: The Calgary Homeless Awareness Project (CHA) aims to educate youth on issues of homelessness, poverty and disparity. Through education, the CHA hopes to combat stigma and change attitudes surrounding homelessness in the community. For students, it is an opportunity for early exposure to social issues to develop critical thinking, citizenship and empathy. In partnership with the Calgary Board of Education, CHF has created multiple education module pilots for junior and senior high schools across Calgary. CHA hopes that by investing in the future population, a more socially conscious population can be fostered to create sustainable change. The Calgary Drop-in Centre is very proud to partner with the Homeless Awareness project, and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
Grades 7-12 have the chance to come to the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre Society ( The DI) to tour the building. These tours will provide conversation around the services the DI provides to vulnerable Calgarians.Student will also have the opportunity to participate in an Action Project. This Action Project will include volunteering in our Clothing Room.Clothing Room Volunteers allow Homeless Calgarians to benefit from the constant flow of apparel donations the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre receives from the community. By helping to stock our Free Clothing Store, they ensure our clients are able to stay warm and dry. These volunteers thrive on turning chaos into order. They are organized, efficient, and don't mind a little bit of heavy lifting. This opportunity can accommodate a class of max 30 students with 4 chaperons.
Did you know that the Drop-In's Donation Centre serves as a hub for a variety of needs of both DI guests and Calgarians receiving support from a variety of non-profits throughout the city? Unlike our other volunteer opportunities, the Donation Centre is perfect for all ages. You and your group will sort through community donations and ensure that vulnerable Calgarians get the items needed for a chance to break the cycle of homelessness.
Contact Person: Engagement Coordinator
The Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre shares nearly 1,200 sandwiches a day (600 bagged lunches) with our clients who will be away from our regular meal service times. Most are those who are working during the day and need a lunch or those who work night shifts and take a bagged lunch for their supper.Gather a few friends or set up at home by yourself to make sandwiches - we appreciate all ingredients except for fresh veggies, as we sometimes freeze the sandwiches.This is an offsite activity at a time and location of your convenience. Tax receipts are available when original receipts are provided.