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. Establish a common entry point for service
  2. Initiate and operate integrated case management processes
  3. Improved access to medical services
  4. Define and provide a broad spectrum of supported housing

Click here to read a copy of the plan.

Our History

Timeline

1961
October 13

The Calgary Drop-In Centre Opens

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

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

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

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

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

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

Increased accessibility of services

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

40 Years in Service

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Board of Directors

Ken Uzeloc

Ken Uzeloc

Chair

Tom Whitehead

Tom Whitehead

Vice Chair

Jason Deliman

Jason Deliman

Treasurer

Debbie Newman

Debbie Newman

Executive Director

Kelsey Scott

Kelsey Scott

Licia Corbella

Licia Corbella

Rick Melchin

Rick Melchin

Dan McLeod

Dan McLeod

Andre De Leebeeck

Andre De Leebeeck