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Engaging Vulnerable People: an Education Initiative

The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre
Photo courtesy of Christina + Nathan Photography

The Centre City has historically been the focal point for delivering programs and services to vulnerable and marginalized Calgarians, particularly those experiencing homelessness due to poverty, mental health and addiction issues.

People living and working in the Centre City have expressed an interest in better understanding vulnerable and marginalized Calgarians who live downtown. Social service agencies, business organizations, The City of Calgary and Calgary Police Service are partnering to provide workshops to respond to this interest.

About the workshops

Workshops provide participants with:

  • Accurate information about Calgary’s homeless population,
  • Sensitivity skills for relating to persons experiencing homelessness,
  • Safety and non-violent crisis intervention techniques to increase confidence, and
  • Increased knowledge of available community resources to contact the appropriate agency when help or advice is needed.


Three hour workshops and 1.5 hour workshops are available. The three hour workshop takes place at a homeless shelter in the Centre City and includes a tour of the facility. The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (The Di) , Alpha House, The Mustard Seed and and Inn from the Cold are all partners in the program. Your group can choose the site you would like to visit.

The 1.5 hour workshop does not include a tour and can be conducted at a location convenient for your group.

The following workshops are currently available for individuals in the community:

Drop-In Centre:

  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. - noon

Alpha House:

  • Friday, September 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Friday, October 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Friday, November 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. - noon

Workshops are being coordinated by the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. To participate in or book a workshop, contact the workshop coordinator. There is no cost but donations to offset program costs are welcomed.

Who can access the workshop?

Workshops are designed for residents, community groups, business owners and their employees, who would like to train up to 15 people at a time. Larger workshops can be offered but our preference is to run multiple workshops with fewer participants. For individuals who would like to take the workshop, contact the workshop coordinator to find out about space in scheduled workshops.



Find out more about these partners

Social agency partners

Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Logo
Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre
Alpha House Logo
Alpha House
The Mustard Seed Logo
The Mustard Seed
Sorce Logo
Inn from the Cold

Business partners

Calgary Downtown Association logo
Calgary Downtown Association
Victoria Park BRZ logo
Victoria Park BRZ

The City of Calgary partners

Calgary Police Service
Calgary Transit (Security)
Centre City
Calgary Community Standards
Calgary Neighbourhoods