Accessible Housing’s AGM 2018

Thank you to everyone that joined us at our AGM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge. The past year was an incredible year of transitions and changes! Moving forward, we are pleased to announce our new mission and values. It is an important change that recognizes that people come first. To view the photos from our AGM, please click here. We are so appreciative of our community partners, donors, collaborators and friends for their continued support of our work. Thank you for helping us make Calgary a more accessible city for all! Here’s to another fantastic year.

2017 Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of two awards that will be presented at Dinner for Doors this year: The Kent Hehr Leadership Award presented to Darby Lee Young; and The Heart of Community Award presented to Allan James (Jim) Monk. These two amazing Calgarians are doing important work in our city to create a more inclusive community for everyone. Darby’s passion, perseverance and energy for accessibility led her to recently create a new business called Level Playing Field. Level Playing Field focuses on providing universal design solutions and with Darby at the helm, her dream of a barrier-free society could just become a reality. Jim has been called “a genius” at stirring the imaginations of the people he encounters through his dedication as a volunteer at the Tetra Society of Calgary. Personable and approachable, he has  tireless energy for serving clients with a disability, for invigorating the Tetra volunteers who work with those clients, and for building a more inclusive Calgary. Congratulations to the recipients and thank you to all the nominators for your inspiring submissions. The Kent Hehr Leadership Award Committee, comprised of volunteers from Dinner for Doors Presenting Sponsor, First Calgary, met in early September to...Read More→

5 Things About Inclusio

The brand-new Inclusio building, opening in early 2018, will feature a whole slate of enhancements. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the coolest, creative features of this new accessible, affordable home. Less snow, more freedom Snow and ice can leave wheelchair-using residents stuck in their homes much longer than others. To help alleviate this, Inclusio’s front walkway is heated from beneath to ensure that overnight snowfall doesn’t accumulate and become a barrier. All the technology A state-of-the-art digital system will allow every resident to easily control their environment, including their lighting, blinds, multimedia and apartment doorways. You can see Canada Olympic Park The views from each of the four patios is beautiful, but the view from the top is especially stunning. On a clear day, you can see across the tree tops of Confederation Park all the way to the University of Calgary, Canada Olympic Park and beyond. Creative cabinetry Every unit at Inclusio comes with a kitchen table, but you’d never see it when you walk in. The tables are part of the built-in cabinetry in every room, and easily pop-out of the cupboard in each of the unit’s kitchenettes. Having the tables built-in allows more space for...Read More→

Aaron’s Story

Growing up in a household with abuse and addiction, Aaron left home at age thirteen and quickly went down a dangerous path. He moved from city to city, often mixing with the wrong crowd. He began using and selling drugs, and his life started to spiral out of control. Eight years ago, Aaron was in a tragic accident that left him a double amputee. He was without a home, and completely entrenched in a drug addiction that jeopardized his physical and mental health. Addiction combined with mobility impairment left Aaron feeling hopeless. He hit rock bottom and knew he had to make big changes to improve his life. “I didn’t want to deal with life,” Aaron said. Aaron has been a client with Accessible Housing’s Bridge to Home program for over a year. He feels supported by his caseworker, and recently moved into a spacious accessible apartment in Calgary, a new home where he can now work towards meeting his goals. With the help of his caseworker, Aaron is building his confidence and working on creating new, healthy relationships. He is pursuing studies at Bow Valley College, and shares his personal experience to groups of teenagers at Tsuu T’ina Nation....Read More→

Team Blink Eyewear is running for a cause!

L to R: Corey, Dr. Samantha Lai and fellow participants supporting Accessible Housing in the Charity Challenge. The team at Blink Eyewear Optometry is raising funds for Accessible Housing as part of The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge. Dr. Samantha Lai organized the in-office challenge as a way to give back to the community. She recruited a few of her Blink Eyewear team members Rose, Julie and Sarah, as well as her husband, Corey. Rose is running 5k, Samantha ,  Corey and Sarah are running 10km and Julie is running 21.1km in the Calgary Marathon on Sunday, May 28th. “It’s an important cause to us. We believe that everyone deserves a place to call home, and we are happy to raise money for Accessible Housing,” said Samantha. The team has a goal of raising $1,000 in support of Accessible Housing. Some of their fundraising initiatives include sharing their training efforts on social media and reaching out to friends and family. “Many of Accessible Housing’s clients have an acquired injury (such as a spinal cord injury) or congenital physical disability such as multiple sclerosis, in which they may also have limited vision. Through the support Accessible Housing offers, clients can live safely...Read More→