Monthly Archives: July 2015

Myths about working in non-profit

By Hali, staff member at Accessible Housing When I graduated from university a few years back, I eagerly joined the rest of my classmates in the pursuit of finding a “real job”. Not knowing much about what was available in Calgary at the time, I consulted just about everyone I knew on what jobs to apply for, what information to include in my resume and what sector would be best – corporate or non-profit. When I asked respected mentors what their perspectives were on working in the non-profit versus for-profit sector, I consistently heard the same thing: working in non-profit will limit your career potential. In fact, the most common piece of advice I received went something like this: “Land a corporate job, make money, climb the ladder and build your resume; when it comes to charity work, volunteer your time or donate to a cause you care about.” I listened intently and heeded people’s advice on the topic, but it wasn’t until later that I realized how problematic this widespread misperception of the non-profit industry really is. Why would new grads want to work in the non-profit sector when they are told: Human services and charity work are not...Read More→

Donor Profile: Trent

Accessible Housing is grateful to all the donors and funders who help us provide Calgarians with safe, nurturing homes where they can thrive. Without this generosity we simply cannot reach our vision of a community where everyone has a home and belongs. Members of the Accessible Housing team also show their leadership by donating to the organization. Trent Sicotte, the Program Coordinator at the Foundation Place Group Home and Chinook House programs is one of our employee donors, contributing monthly to the organization that inspires him. “The reason I donate to Accessible Housing? I am just really grateful to work for a great organization that provides much needed services to our community. Donating is one more way to show my gratitude and pride in the work we are doing.” There are many ways to give to Accessible Housing. To find out more, visit our Donate page.

Ramp it Up At Calgary Businesses!

One ramp at a time, Calgary is becoming more accessible. We’re thrilled to launch our first community ramp project in Calgary this summer. Thanks to Tetra Society of North America (Calgary Chapter) and StopGap Foundation for your expertise and for helping get this initiative started in our great city. Thanks to the Inglewood BRZ for your donation that helped purchase supplies. See the ramps on our Facebook page. Want to visit one of these local businesses? You can find these bright ramps at these places and spaces in Calgary. Kensington:  Flipp’n Burgers, Purr Petite, Pulcinella, Kismet Clothing Calgary, Trend Fashions LTD. Inglewood: Boft Fine Rugs Gallery, WOW Lighting, Collector’s Art Gallery, The Silk Road Spice Merchant, AmaSwiss Diamonds. Victoria Park: Village Ice Cream.

Calgary City Council makes moves to improve accessibility

Accessible Housing has been working to mobilize different policy opportunities to advance that cause of accessibility in Calgary. Most recently, we collaborated with Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell to put forward a Notice of Motion to City Council, to commit the City of Calgary to...

Fourth Dimension Redevelopment

Accessible Housing has been committed for over 40 years to providing safe, barrier-free housing and support to Calgarians. It all began with the Fourth Dimension (4D) Group Home in the Capitol Hill community. The Fourth Dimension Group Home is the primary residence for 11 Calgarians, and there is an ongoing waitlist. To meet the growing needs...