Monthly Archives: December 2014

Trico Homes Opens Doors

Our deepest gratitude today, on #ThankfulThursday, goes to Trico Homes for their inspiring Champion gift through the RESOLVE Campaign. Trico Homes has long made a significant positive...

Happy Birthday Newbridge!

On December 6th, our Newbridge Group Home celebrates a very important first birthday. A total of 14 people have been housed at Newbridge in the last year and the eviction rate was zero. Before making Newbridge their home, seven of the residents were staying in emergency shelters, four were in hospital, two were couch surfing, and one was staying in a motel. Eight of these fourteen people were exposed to or fleeing domestic violence...

Celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday, December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). This year, IDPD Calgary will host an Evening of Celebration and Innovation at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. The community is welcome to attend this free event highlighting the successes, contributions and achievements of persons with disabilities in Calgary. This year’s Celebration will also seek to highlight some of the amazing innovations from around the city, province and across the country. Alberta Parks will join us to share information about Accessible Camping and Hiking, City of Calgary Recreation will be on hand to demonstrate adaptable recreation programs, the Mental Health First Aide Team will be there sharing life saving information and this year IDPD is proud to host Calgary’s first ever Accessible Fashions Fashion Show featuring Canadian designer IZ Fashions and others! A number of awards are given at this annual event, including the Premier’s Council Awards and the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) awards. Accessible Housing’s Jeff Dyer sits on this Committee along with Dr. John Latter, Board member for Accessible Housing. For event details, see the IDPD Calgary website.

Giving Tuesday – good for community!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be good for the economy, but Giving Tuesday is good for the community. Giving Tuesday is December 2, 2014, a National Giving Day, the “opening day of the giving season”. It is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for their favourite causes and think about others. Giving to Accessible Housing is easier than ever. You can donate online, by mail or even donate your car. Find our more on our Donate page. If you have been thinking of giving, perhaps Giving Tuesday is the day to make it happen. Many local companies match their employees’ donation dollar for dollar and others make a grant to the employee’s favourite charity based upon the employee’s volunteerism. However organizations choose to support the efforts and generosity of their employees, it is humbly appreciated. Connect with your Human Resources Department to find out more and to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to give.

Wheelchair 101

– By Tom, a Bridge to Home caseworker In November I spent six hours in a wheelchair with one of my clients who is an incomplete quadriplegic and is currently experiencing homelessness. If I had to describe my day in one word it would be humbling.  My clients’ name is Allan; he is 57 years old and is currently staying at The Drop In Centre (The DI).  Allan’s life was turned upside down 11.5 years ago when he was involved in a mountain biking accident that left him in a coma for two months, followed by several months of rehab. I picked up my wheelchair from the friendly staff at Motion Specialities, a store on Macleod Trail where Allan takes his wheelchair whenever he needs bearings replaced, flat tires fixed, his cushion (which costs $1000.00) to be repaired, etc. When I told the front desk staff that I was going out with Allan who they all know by name, to experience ‘a day in the life’ they generously waived the rental fee. I drove to the Chinook LRT parking lot where I was to meet Allan at 10:00 am. I parked my car, pulled the wheelchair out of my back...Read More→