CLICK HERE to Sponsor Gail! Meet Gail. Gail has been an Accessible Housing resident for over ten years and will be proudly rolling 5km for Team Accessible in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge on May 28, 2017. Gail is participating because she’s passionate about the cause – she believes that everyone should have the same opportunities to thrive as she has. Please tell us about you. I was raised on a dairy farm west of Calgary and have always lived in Alberta. My parents still live on the farm and the rest of my family lives in Calgary. I was a very active child growing up, taking part in horse riding, participating the 4H Club, and playing on many sports teams. I was diagnosed with MS when I was 38, my daughter was only 10 years old. Why did you decide to join Team Accessible Housing with the Scotiabank Charity Challenge? I am participating in this year’s Scotiabank Charity Challenge in support of Accessible Housing because I want to continue being able to do what I love – being active in the community and having a good quality of life. I also want to help make it easier for other people in my situation to...Read More→
Our third sold-out Dinner for Doors on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 was a great success! The evening was presented by First Calgary Financial, one of our amazing community partners. The evening was emceed by the talented Ken Lima-Coelho and was a great eye-opening experience for many. Attendees had the opportunity to navigate the evening in a wheelchair, walker, sunglasses or oven mitts to experience mobility challenges for a short period of time. We were thrilled to present three inaugural awards: The YIMBY Award, presented to the Capitol Hill Community Association; The Legacy Award presented to the family of the late Charlie Guille; and The Kent Hehr Leadership Award presented to The Honourable Kent Hehr. A silent auction featuring wheelchair art was introduced this year, with over 15 unique paintings on display. The art was created through a collaboration between Jason Nicholson, an Accessible Housing resident, and Rebecca Ellison, a local artist. One lucky person won the fantastic raffle prize – a weekend away adventure to Big White Ski Resort! Thank you to each and every person that attended and supported us to help open doors to homes that are affordable and accessible in our city. We are thankful for all of our...Read More→
Click here to view the Facebook album On Thursday, September 8th, 2016, Accessible Housing hosted a celebration of our RESOLVE project, a new affordable and accessible home for 45 Calgarians with limited mobility. Located in Capitol Hill, Accessible Housing and RESOLVE will build on land Accessible Housing currently operates on to increase the previous 11 units to 45. The new barrier-free building will offer multi-purpose rooms, office space, a commercial kitchen and underground parking; close to public transportation and amenities. More importantly, this building will offer the security and stability of a home for 45 people with physical disabilities who might otherwise be forced to live in unsuitable, unsafe housing and access emergency medical services more frequently and stay in hospital for longer periods of time. “Having a place to call home is the foundation for building a meaningful life. With the creation of these unique, new homes, more individuals will be able to thrive and contribute to our community. It is a momentous first-time celebration for Calgary,” said Jeff Dyer, Chief Executive Officer, Accessible Housing. There is an urgent need for safe, affordable, permanent and barrier-free housing with supports in Calgary. Calgarians with disabilities report a significant level of concern with housing...Read More→
BUY TICKETS Our annual fundraiser, Dinner for Doors is an experiential and inspiring evening that launched in 2014. Last year, over 120 people attended, raising $55,000 to help open doors that are accessible and affordable for people with limited mobility. This year will be an even larger event at a bigger venue, The Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Calgary. The emcee for the evening will be Ken Lima-Coelho, Vice President, Marketing & Communication and YMCA Calgary. Ken is a passionate storyteller with over 20 years of experience in broadcasting, arts and community. Awards will be presented at the event this year including The Kent Hehr Leadership Award which will celebrate and recognize The Honourable Kent Hehr’s personal resiliency and transformative ability to turn a vision into reality. Kent Hehr, M.P. is a resident alumnus as he previously lived with Accessible Housing on two occasions. Other highlights of the evening include: Impactful storytelling and experience-sharing from one of our organization’s clients Opportunities for guests to purchase original artwork from a resident artist A sumptuous buffet dinner that includes vegetarian options, plus an elegant dessert buffet Tickets are now on sale ($100 for a single ticket, $800 for a table), purchase yours...Read More→
Today was a day of celebration, collaboration and inspiration with our community, clients and government. We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Government of Alberta is investing $4 million for permanent supportive housing for Calgarians with limited mobility. Construction of our 45 unit accessible home on the existing residential property of our Fourth Dimension Group Home will kick-off this summer. This home will provide 24-hour, on-site support for adults with physical mobility barriers, such as spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis. This will assist in addressing the critical gap of accessible and affordable housing stock in Calgary and decreasing hospital stays, increasing the ability of individuals to engage in their community, work, learn and thrive. Today’s announcement is a wonderful example of how collaborative partnerships and community working together helps us achieve our vision: everyone has a home and belongs in community. Click here to view our Facebook photo album.