The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society is a community of kindness, focused on providing more than 50 programs and services to Calgarians experiencing homelessness, marginalization and extreme poverty. Serving Calgary for more than 50 years, they are the largest organization of its kind in North America. The Calgary Drop-In offers a complete range of wrap-around community supports – from meals and shelter, to clothing, medical services, counseling, volunteer opportunities, education, permanent supportive housing, and more – to over 10,000 people each year.
This week CFNs Youth Possibilities Program spent an afternoon volunteering at the YYC Drop in Centre. The 21-week full-time program funded by The Government of Canada's Skills Link Program is for immigrant youth, or first generation Canadians, who have not yet been successful in work or school in Canada. Clients receive training in Group-based Employability Skills, as well as a 12 week paid work experience placement with the post program goal of entering the labour market or engaging in career-focused education. Volunteerism is a regular part of the YPP curriculum and often the most rewarding part of the YPP experience.
With National Volunteer week fast approaching and April being Volunteer Month here at CFN, it is important to note that more than 120 people volunteer every day at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, efforts that make the important work done there possible. CFN would like to extend its heartfelt thanks for the amazing and truly front line work the Drop-In Centre does for Calgary each and every day, and appreciates the opportunity given to our YPP clients to see first hand what community building means. A special thanks to Jordan Hamilton for guiding us through and helping with the CFN Production below. Lastly, think about volunteering at any of the hundreds of possible places across the city, because when you do, it is you who has a say in the growth of your community.