Homelessness at Home - Calgary

In our longest running ucalgarycares program, you will explore the complexities of homelessness and mental health while working with the Mustard Seed.

Homelessness at Home

Want to learn more about privilege, homelessness and mental health? ucalgarycares Homelessness at Home is a co-curricular program where students learn about these topics and more through workshops, volunteerism and reflection. Over February Reading Week, the group spends four days at a local homeless shelter, learning and volunteering there. The activities they take part in range from serving meals to clients to getting Naloxone training.


When: February 18-21, 2020

Where: Calgary

Prior to February, the participants attend three workshops to prepare them for their Reading Week experience. This is a great way to gain experience, get Co-Curricular Record credit, develop leadership skills, make friends and have a great time.

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Estimated Cost: $250*

Co-Curricular Record: Yes 

Applications for the 2019-2020 ucalgarycares programs are now closed.

*Cost includes accommodation, meals, resource materials and t-shirt. Bursaries are available for students with financial need, with thanks from SU Quality Money. Please contact ucalgarycares@ucalgary.ca for more information or if you have any financial concerns.

Additional Considerations

You must demonstrate extra sensitivity when working with vulnerable populations through this program. This program involves extensive amounts of walking in addition to bending and lifting while sorting donations. Despite being in Calgary, students will stay together in shared accommodations in downtown Calgary for the duration of the program and will not have free time in the evenings.

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in Homelessness at Home. I found it to be a very enriching experience, which provided me with the knowledge and resources to make a difference in the lives of others.

2019 Participant