Who We Are

Every person that walks through our doors is a unique individual with a powerful story to tell.

The reasons they come to us are all different. Many have never had a chance in life – bringing with them a history of neglect, abuse and isolation. Some have watched as their world crumbled to pieces before their eyes. Others are battling through the grips of addiction and/or the affliction of a mental health condition.

Sometimes all a person needs is a hot meal to get them through the day. Others might need a bed while they find a more permanent place to live. Many require more extensive services – counseling, medical care, help with accessing government services and finding income supports, or access to affordable housing.

Whatever our clients need, we are here to help them navigate the often complex path they’re on, with care and direction tailored to their needs.  

Vision

People aren’t born on the street, nor do lives have to end there. With help, the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre is where some lives begin.

Purpose

The Calgary Drop-In Centre exists to alleviate poverty.

We care for chronically homeless people with community supports, resources, and housing. We collaborate with stakeholders; we advocate; we lead.

Philosophy

To compassionately be ‘the voice’ for the marginalized, disenfranchised and homeless population of our city. Regardless of the circumstances leading to their current situation, to be of service, without judgment, and to fairly and appropriately provide programs and support that assists each individual in their efforts to move forward with their lives.

Strategic Priorities

  1. Be the central resource hub for homelessness and poverty in Calgary.
  2. Link the Community Collaborative Care Model (3-C Model) with Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  3. Focus on research and best practices, and hire experts.
  4. Collaborate With Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) and stakeholders to build appropriate housing models in community.
  5. Accelerate responsible, ethical, and sustainable resource development.
  6. Engage with community, leaders, and government to advocate for better systems and services for those trapped in poverty.
  7. Advocate for clients and collaborate with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and stakeholders for health and wellness solutions.

Click here to read a copy of the plan.

Our History

Timeline

1961
October 13

The Calgary Drop-In Centre Opens

July 23, 1961 - Originally operating through a joint initiative of the Roman Catholic Diocese and the Calgary Interfaith Community Action Committee, the old Calgary Drop-In Centre Building worked to provide services in the east end of the city to homeless individuals who are in need of shelter and food.
1971
January 1

The Calgary Drop-In Centre Expands

1971- The Calgary Welcome and Recreation Centre Society joins with the Inner City Project.
1983
July 23

The Calgary Drop-In Centre undergoes a change

July 23, 1983 - The Calgary Welcome and Recreation Centre Society moves to its present day location - Changes name to Calgary Drop-In Centre Society.
1986
January 1

Overnight Shelter Services Offered

1986 - The Calgary Drop-In Centre begins offering overnight shelter services to satisfy the growing need from homeless Calgarians.
1993
January 1

Employment Office Opens

1993 - Our Employment office opens- helping men and women find temporary and full time jobs with guaranteed hours and fair wages.
1994
January 1

A new leader is hired

1994 - Dermot Baldwin is hired as executive director.
1999
January 1

Increased accessibility of services

1999 - Begin offering daytime services – Calgary Drop-In Centre becomes 24/7 operation.
2001
January 1

40 Years in Service

September 11, 2001 - New building opens. Originally designed for 500 clients, now sheltering 1,200 clients every night.
2003
July 1

Woodworks

2003 - The Calgary Drop-In Centre’s Woodshop program began training carpentry appreciates for work in the field of woodworking and cabinetry.
2005
January 1

Introduction of the Career Training Initiative

2005 - The Career Training Initiative (CTI) – now called Employment Services Training begins providing clients with Industry Certifications, computer training and life skills workshops.
2009
January 1

Expansion of Affordable Housing Program

2009 - Purchase Sundial Apartments. 119 unit mixed market and supportive permanent housing.
2010
January 1

Infusion of Arts and Culture at the Calgary Drop-In Centre

2010 - Art Beat Stage has first performance ever, providing music therapy for all clients in the Calgary Drop-In Centre Dining Hall.
2015
January 1

The Calgary Drop-In Centre Adopts New Case In Model for New Clients

2015 - “Shelter Revisioning” initiative begins to provide individualized and targeted services to men and women experiencing temporary and chronic homelessness.

Book a Tour

Learn more about our clients and the services we provide by booking a tour at our main building. Tours can run between 45 minutes to 1.5 hour and can take place from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

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Board of Directors

Ken Uzeloc

Ken Uzeloc

Chair

Tom Whitehead

Tom Whitehead

Vice Chair

Jason Deliman

Jason Deliman

Treasurer

Allan MacRae

Allan MacRae

Secretary

Dermot Baldwin

Dermot Baldwin

Licia Corbella

Licia Corbella

Glenda MacQueen

Glenda MacQueen

Dan McLeod

Dan McLeod

Andre De Leebeeck

Andre De Leebeeck

Kelsey Scott

Kelsey Scott

Rick Melchin

Rick Melchin

Debbie Newman

Debbie Newman

Executive Director

Ken UzelocKen Uzeloc, Chair

Ken has been a firefighter with the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) for the past 25 years and as Deputy Chief currently oversees the fire department’s initiatives focussed on diversity and inclusion. Ken has worked with all levels of government in his roles at CFD and been responsible for issues resolution, risk management and legal matters. Ken holds a Bachelor of Applied Business in Emergency Services from Lakeland College and a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University. Ken is married with three daughters and enjoys cycling and camping.

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Tom WhiteheadTom Whitehead, Vice Chair

Tom is a Professional Engineer and the Managing Partner of a local management consulting firm. He was a member of the DMR Centre for Strategic Leadership and has been awarded the American Gas Association’s Awards of Merit and of Service.

He has been involved with community via the Canadian Progress Club for over 30 years as President of two Clubs, Board Member and currently as National President. He is proud to have been awarded their Bill Durant Community Service Award. Tom is also presently Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Progress Clubs of Calgary Foundation.

A founder of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, Tom served on their Board for 10 years. Tom is married with two grown children and two grandchildren. An avid reader Tom also enjoys sun, sand and water!

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Andy LockhartAndy Lockhart, Past Chair

Until his retirement in late 2008, Andy was Vice President and Portfolio Manager of RBC Dominion Securities in Calgary. He is or has been a Director of the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, the Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society, and the Midnapore Hockey Association.

He also co-chaired operating committees for the DuMaurier LPGA tournament in 1999 and the CN Canadian Women’s Open LPGA tournament in 2009, both held at the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club. Andy is married with two adult children, and five grandchildren. In his free time he is an amateur woodworker and a recovering golfer.

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Jason DelimanJason Deliman, Treasurer

Jason is a finance consulting professional in the Strategy and Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting and holds an MBA (Finance).  He has been actively involved as a Board member and volunteer with the Calgary Drop in and Rehabilitation Centre for the past 7 years. Jason is married with three children and enjoys hockey, travelling, and supporting the kids in their many activities.

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Allan MacRaeAllan MacRae, Secretary

Allan has a Masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering, and extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. He is currently the President of FIRSST Inc, an investment banking, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate management firm.

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Dermot BaldwinDermot Baldwin

Dermot retired in 2010, after a long career as the Executive Director of the DI. He was granted a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary, a Paul Harris Rotary Award, and was nominated for a David Swann Award. He is a member of the Optimist Club of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society.

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Licia CorbellaLicia Corbella

Licia Corbella has worked for daily newspapers for almost 30 years and is the Calgary Herald’s Editorial Page Editor. She started her journalism career in 1986 at The Province newspaper in Vancouver, eventually moving to Toronto to work as a reporter at The Toronto Star and The Toronto Sun, where she won numerous awards for her feature writing and news reporting.

In October 1993, she moved to Alberta and began working at the Calgary Sun in a variety of roles culminating in her appointment as editor in 1998, a position she held until she moved to the Herald in December 2007.

A popular news columnist, Licia has been active in the community, and is or has served on the boards of Lifeline Malawi and Alberta Champions Society among other charities. She is married with twin teenaged sons.

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Glenda MacQueenGlenda MacQueen

Glenda M. MacQueen, PhD, MD, FRCPC is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. She is also the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.  Originally from Nova Scotia, Glenda lived in Ontario for many years while she trained and worked at McMaster University.

She was a founding member of the Brain Body Institute and is now a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education.

Glenda is a member of the Alberta Children’s Mental Health Science Practice Policy Network, an executive member of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatment and has worked extensively with the Canadian Psychiatric Association to develop and present educational sessions.  Married with three children, in her spare time Glenda enjoys horseback riding, skiing and reading.

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Dan McLeodDan McLeod

Dan practices corporate and securities law in the Calgary office of a national law firm. Born and raised in the Edmonton area, Dan studied business at the University of Alberta and law at the University of British Columbia.  He worked as a lawyer in Vancouver, New York, Melbourne and Sydney before setting down roots back in Alberta in 2002.

Dan enjoys the proximity to the nearby mountain parks that Calgary offers his young family, as they participate in skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.  Dan is also an avid runner and has contributed to a number of local charitable causes in Southern Alberta through his involvement in running races.

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Rick MelchinRick Melchin

Bio coming soon

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Debbie NewmanDebbie Newman, Executive Director

Debbie was raised, educated and began her career in Ontario.  Her work with Income Assistance programs continued here in Alberta.  At Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society since 1995 Debbie established many of the programs and services here and has been our Executive Director since 2011.  Debbie is a fan of the Leafs and fast cars, enjoys gardening and loves skiing with her busy family.

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Andre-De-LeebeekAndre De Leebeeck

Andre has worked for over forty years in the oil and gas industry both locally and overseas. He currently works as a management consultant with GPO & Associates in Calgary. Andre is Secretary of the Board of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern Alberta Chapter. Andre and spouse are avid consumers of the Alberta wilderness and enjoy travelling, especially to visit with their two daughters that live in Europe.

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Kelsey ScottKelsey Scott

Kelsey is a Managing Director in the Calgary office of a global investment bank. He grew up in the Northwest Territories and completed most of his schooling in Eastern Canada, having earned a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Ottawa, a law degree from the University of Western Ontario Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business where he earned the Gold Medal for the Joint LLB/MBA Program. Kelsey is also a Chartered Professional Accountant. Kelsey and his wife Sara live in Calgary with their three children Shayla, Hunter and Sydney and have been active volunteers at the Calgary Drop-in Centre for the past six years.

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