When you’re looking to give back and make a meaningful impact in your community, a worthwhile cause within the city is helping fellow Calgarians get back on their feet.
The Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) is not just focused on making a person’s stay in shelter better, it’s focused on making stays as brief as possible. As a housing-focussed shelter since 2017, the DI has helped 2,300 people find their way home.
Giving to the DI helps vulnerable Calgarians in so many important ways. Here are the top five impacts a donation to the DI has.
Calgarians in need receive shelter, warm meals, and kindness
Whether it’s sharing a meal or gathering with loved ones, this holiday season is a chance to be together. That sense of togetherness is something you can give with a donation to the DI. With approximately 2,250 meals served daily, you can help ensure that everyone gets a chance to share joy, companionship and have their needs met with their community.
The impact of your donation is felt beyond the DI
The Free Goods Program (FGP), run by the DI, provides low- and no-income Calgarians with much-needed items to help foster a sense of dignity and make their house feel like a home. FGP is used by over 130 partner agencies in the city and is the distribution hub for many of the city’s outreach groups. Last year, FGP served 10,846 people in need, providing essential items such as clothing, furniture, household items, hygiene products and more.
Your gift goes directly to supporting those at risk of or experiencing homelessness
It’s important to know that when you donate, it’s going directly to the cause. You can feel good about your donation to the DI, with Charity Intelligence Canada confirming that 90 cents donated from every dollar go directly to supporting those in need. Now that’s an impact!
You help prepare vulnerable Calgarians for the harsh realities of a Canadian winter
During winter in Calgary, a brutal cold snap is potentially always around the corner. Your support helps ensure that the city’s at-risk population is prepared to face whatever the weather is. From new long underwear to warm blankets, your donation helps prepare over 700 individuals who are expected to seek shelter daily within the DI this winter.
The DI helps those at risk of or experiencing homelessness find permanent housing
The DI began its housing-focused transformation back in 2017 and is closing in on nearly 2,500 individuals who have been able to secure housing since then. The DI helped 553 people in the most recent year, and with your help, it will continue to support more.
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