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What’s exciting at DECSA this summer?

#1 Free 10th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast

20150708_095937(1)Our 10th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast is coming up on July 6, from 7:30 to 10:30! As always, it’s completely free and open to everyone, so come by with or without kids to savour some fresh breakfast, join in organized games, leap around the bouncy castle, and tour a firetruck with local firefighters, or just chat with friends. And all this free fun is made possible only through donations from Northlands/Bellevue Community League and Re/Max Edmonton & Area Associates, to whom we are very, very thankful.

#2 Accepting new clients into the Assets for Success program

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All summer we’re accepting new intakes for Assets for Success, a program for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. Through this program we provide employment preparation workshops, one-on-one career counselling, and direct connections to employers, so if you have a disability, you’re looking for work, and you’re between 15 and 30, call us at 780-474-2500 to learn more.

 

#3 Down to Earth: Gardening with Youth At Risk

gardenThis summer, youth at risk will get outside to learn skills, make friends, and receive mentorship as they plant, grow, and harvest non-GMO vegetable seeds in plots on our grounds. This is a great opportunity for youth to have fun, take ownership of a project, and reap the benefits of their efforts! We’re still looking for support to cover costs, so check out our GoFundMe campaign to learn more and donate!

We hope to find you among the faces coming in and out of our doors this summer! If you’re looking for an excuse to stop by, consider volunteering! We’re searching for helpers for the breakfast, Down to Earth, and a few other projects this summer. If you’d enjoy volunteering with us, call our front desk at 780-474-2500 to learn more about our opportunities. Enjoy the warm, green months while they last!

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Aaron – Assets for Success Program

AaronDECSA is proud to announce that Aaron, a client in the Assets for Success program, has been hired at Tim Hortons; and after just two weeks, the store owner was so impressed that he increased his responsibilities. Aaron has gained a lot of self-confidence and is happy to be working at Tim Hortons. He was also able to obtain new work shoes free of charge through our partnership with Mark’s.

In addition, since coming to DECSA and participating in the program, Aaron discovered he has a passion for heavy duty equipment operating. To support Aaron’s long-term goal, the Assets for Success team has linked him with High Velocity Equipment Training and is assisting him to obtain funding to attend school there in the future.

Congratulations, Aaron!

Looking for Employment? Join ASSETS FOR SUCCESS Before August 21!‏

PLEASE NOTE: As of August 21, intakes for our Assets for Success program are closed for the year.

If you have a mental health condition (depression, stress, phobia, anxiety, etc) and employment is your goal, then Assets for Success is the program for you!

Am I eligible for this program?

  • Albertans 18 years of age or older
  • Unemployed or marginally employed (less than 20 hours per week)
  • Not eligible for Employment Insurance
  • Self-disclosed mental health condition

Call us at (780) 474-2500 before August 21 to enrol!

Watch our new video below for more information.

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Witches, pumpkins… and an old man archaeologist! It was a mishmash of costumes today at our Halloween lunch party, which was hosted by DECSA’s Social Committee. We ate pasta, had a costume “fashion show”, and even won some prizes! The winner of our Door Decorating contest was The Assets for Success program, with the People’s choice awarded to the Community Relations department. Diep, also from Assets, won Best Costume with her “Old man Archaeologist” portrayal.

Happy Halloween everyone!

 

Open House

Yesterday, October 23rd, was our Open House, and are so thankful for what turned out to be an awesome day.  We enjoyed meeting new people, as well as reconnecting with some more  familiar faces. It was the perfect opportunity for participants and staff alike to share what we do here at DECSA, and present it in a creative and interactive way.  Seeing as there is such a sense of community here at DECSA, we wanted our guests to be involved in the experience, rather than just display each program’s information.

The Ventures program invited two of their successful participants to bring their businesses with them- Chipman 1/4lb. Fish and Chips , who served his food truck fare to hungry guests, and author David O’ Riordan who sold his books inside. The Assets for Success program engaged guests by offering a variety of scheduled activities including “Jeopardy” and “Speed Interviews”, which were a hit for everyone involved. One guest even cut a hallway conversation short by saying “Quick though, because I’ve got to get back to Jeopardy!”  Transitions participants turned their space into a virtual tour of what is offered in their program, and created colourful displays representing topics such as Anger Management and Career Development. They even provided cookies baked during their Basic Shelf workshop!

Attendees were able to enter their names for a chance to win one of two door prizes: a leather jacket, or a yoga mat. Light refreshments were also provided, with the punch apparently stealing the show! When asked how he rated the Open House, one guest responded : “It’s a 9/10”. He then took a sip of his punch and added: “Oh wait, no. Now it’s a 10/10”

How do we feel our Open House went? As staff member Joe puts it : “Our  Open House event’s positive outcome was the  result of a great team effort.  I was proud to be able to welcome most of the incoming guests and to encourage them to sign the guest book at the table decorated with a beautiful flower bouquet.   The whole atmosphere was very friendly.  The display of our programs’ information was informative and inviting.  This kind of in-house networking, the interior decorations, the openness of staff to answering any questions, to offer a tour of the building, etc. was really impressive.  Everything was very well organized and performed in a nice, synchronized way.  It was good to see a substantial number of visitors representing various services and agencies in the community.”

A huge thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, supported, or promoted our Open House yesterday. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Francine is Enjoying the Assets for Success Program

Image“My teacher is wonderful. She’s funny. It feels like she’s a twin to me because we’ve experienced the same stuff,” says Francine, a participant in DECSA’s Assets for Success program. Tanya, Francine’s “wonderful” facilitator says, “Francine is eager to learn, and she is very enthusiastic in every aspect of her life.” Through the Assets for Success program, Tanya and Brigjilda, Francine’s case manager, are working with Francine toward her goal of finding a consistent job.

Assets for Success provides individuals who identify themselves as having mental health conditions the support they need to find and maintain suitable employment or education.

Through Assets, Francine has been learning many life management skills including problem solving, time management, personal development, goal setting, and stress management. She is also developing short term and long term work-related goals and actively applying for jobs with guidance from Tanya and Brigjilda.

Francine is learning alongside other participants with similar goals. “I made friends with some of my classmates,” Francine says, “If I have a problem, I can talk to them.” DECSA works to create an environment where participants can learn and grow at their own pace. “The atmosphere is friendly, and most importantly, a safe haven to all of our clients. The clients are known by name, and are supported in every way,” says Tanya.

If you are unemployed or underemployed and have a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, or depression, phone us at (780) 474-2500 for more information, or email DECSA at reception@decsa.com.