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CASA: Community Awareness through Service and Action
CASA: Community Awareness through Service and Action is a program that is offered all year round through MCC Alberta. Its aim is to provide local learning and serving opportunities in Calgary by providing groups with a first hand look at poverty and homelessness. CASA is available for youth and young adult groups upon request depending on availability and it can last between 1-5 days. Each CASA program is created around the needs of the group.
Contact Megan to plan your group's CASA!
How it works
We have partnered with several local agencies who will offer presentations and service opportunities for youth. MCC works as a facilitator and liaison between the group and our partner agencies, and provides reflection and debriefing time as needed. Each agency offers a different experience based the nature of the services they provide to the community and their availability. CASA is all about flexibility and each visit takes shape differently depending on what we encounter at each agency.
Click here to see the agencies we partner with.
Base fee per person: $25 per day (includes cost of in-city travel, agency costs, honorariums for presenters and MCC Operation costs)
MCCA helps to set up accommodations for groups. Depending on availability, CASA groups are hosted in local Calgary churches or schools. These churches provide floor space for sleeping, showers, and kitchen space to prepare meals. Churches let us stay for free with a donation, but are not always available. Alternatively, we arranged for groups to stay at the FCJ Christian Life Centre.
The FCJ Christian Life Centre (http://www.fcjsisters.ca/fcjcentre/) is occasionally used for CASA groups as well. This is a Retreat and Conference Center in the heart of downtown Calgary. Here, shared and individual rooms are available with beds for sleeping, showers and meals are prepared for the group. Bagged lunches can be requested. This accommodation is in addition to the CASA fee as MCCA is unable to cover this cost.
Typically groups prepare their own meals and bagged lunches depending on their accommodations. Food courts are a possibility some days depending on the schedule. If a group wants their meals provided for them, accommodations may be arranged where this is available for additional cost.
CASA groups travel around Calgary to their scheduled events on public transit, which involves walking, busing and riding the C-train. This will help connect us to the urban communities we’re learning about and serving with! MCC Staff will meet the group each morning at their accommodations and lead them around navigating the transit system. Transit fees are covered through the daily fee.
Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park
CUPS: Calgary Urban Projects Society
Calgary Dream Centre
Calgary Interfaith Food Bank
Drop in Centre
Inn from the Cold
Mustard Seed Calgary
Street Light: a program of Youth Unlimited