Monthly Archives: March 2014

Introduction to Our Programs Part 2 – Ventures and Aboriginal Culture Youth Program

Part 1

Last week we introduced two of the programs offered at DECSA and now we would like to introduce you to two more.

The Ventures Program is a unique program that exists to help persons living with a documented disability establish or continue expanding existing businesses. The program provides mentorship and support to help achieve realistic self-employment goals. The program has a disability-first focus, which means that all steps along the way will be set up to ensure future and immediate success. The individualized training can include: business training and coaching, referrals to outside business information, loan facilitation, and loan review. The post-care part of this program can run for up to three years after the development of the business planning.

If you would like to be considered for this program, you must be of 18 years of age or older, a resident of the Greater Edmonton area, have realistic entrepreneurial goals, and have a sound business idea.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Velma Bellerose for further details at: 780-471-9630

We also offer the Aboriginal Culture Youth program, a 12-week evening program giving youth the opportunity to explore Aboriginal Culture.

For more information regarding this program, please contact DECSA at: 780-474-2500.


Introduction to Our Programs Part 1 – Transitions and Assets for Success

At DECSA, we offer a variety of programs for individuals by offering support and opportunities they may not otherwise have. Our programs are aimed at increasing employability, livelihood, and socialization, and in some cases, aiding in the transition from a difficult situation.

The Assets for Success program is designed to provide individuals who self-disclose as having mental health conditions with the supports they need to secure and maintain suitable employment or educational pursuits. Our program provides continuous intake to individuals ready to return to work after a period of less than three years of unemployment. We provide up to six months of supports in the form of individualized assessment, case management support, life management and employment preparation workshops, employment placement services, exposure courses, and follow-up retention supports.

To be eligible for this program you must be of 18 years of age or older, unemployed or marginally employed (working less than 20 hours a week), legally able to work in Canada, ineligible for Employment Insurance, not accessing other employment supports through provincial employment programs, and identify as having a mental health condition that is stabilized.

If you are ready to return to work and interested in finding out more or applying for this program, please contact us at (780) 474-2500.

Another program we currently offer is the Transitions program. This intensive program reaches out to people of all genders wishing to move away from a life of sexual employment and helps them to achieve self-sufficiency outside the sex trade. Our program focuses on a complete rehabilitation for clients, improving self-esteem and social skills, helping with education to obtain gainful employment, and promoting overall health and wellness in a safe environment. We can provide counseling, addiction-rehabilitation support, transportation assistance, exposure courses, and legal and court advocacy to our clients.

Additionally, the Alberta’s Women in Motion program is available to participants in the Transitions program. It encourages females 18 and older in Alberta to lead a healthy lifestyle full of sport or other physical activities. This program exists to provide women who are unable to access physical activities due to income, location, family, perceived ability, or culture the ability to do so in a safe, stress-free environment. Current classes include yoga, Zumba, and Salsa.

If you are interesting in finding out more or applying for this program, please call us at (780) 474-2500.

Greetings from DECSA

Hello, and welcome to our blog!

For those of you who are hearing about DECSA for the first time, we are a non-profit organization devoted to helping people learn life skills for success. We’ve been around Edmonton since 1977, and are now establishing an online presence to make us more accessible to our community.

We offer a variety of community services at our Community Resource Center, located on 11515 71 Street NW, where anyone can stop in and have free access to our computers, photocopier, fax machine, or Wi-Fi. We are ready to assist you on-site in person with any of your technology needs.

We also have programs to support individuals who are looking for a more structured approach to life. We are here to help get you back on track to further your education or seize opportunities within the employment field. Check out our services here and contact us if we provide you with the support you need. DECSA is here to help.

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We look forward to hearing from you!