How We Help

Emergency Shelter Programs

The DI is a low-barrier, 24/7 emergency shelter and acts as an entry point to housing and reconnection. We provide essential care to adults who are currently or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

We don’t see shelter as a place to call home. Rather, we see shelter as a place where folks can rest, refuel and ask for directions to find their way home.

Housing Resources

The DI has supported people experiencing homelessness, and exiting homelessness, for nearly 60 years. Alongside all of our peers in the homeless-serving sector, we are here to support the community every step of the way. To access helpful housing resources or to learn more about your rights as a tenant or as a landlord, click below to learn more. 

Calgary Free Goods & Donation Centre

The Calgary Free Goods Program provides low and no-income Calgarians with the essential items they need to make a house a home – at zero cost. It is because of generous Calgarians who donate their household goods that we are able to provide free furniture, kitchenware, computers, mobile phones, small appliances, books, and more.

The Free Goods Program is by appointment only based on eligibility. 

Employment Services Training

The DI offers free employment services training (EST) for low-income Calgarians and help people get back to work. Courses include WHMIS, Standard First Aid & CPR Level C, Forklift Operational & Safety, and much more.