Transitions (est. 2000) was developed to assist individuals who have been sexually exploited through current or past involvement in the sex trade, (e.g., prostitution, trafficking), and would like to move into mainstream employment or education. The program is open to women, men, and transgender individuals aged 18 and over from any culture. Clients can expect to gain resiliency and experience a reduction in social isolation, enhanced personal safety, improved health and wellness, strengthened self-esteem and increased self-confidence.
Analyze, strategize and plan with the Ventures program at DECSA! The program, established in 2005, offers cutting-edge business development for forward-thinking entrepreneurs! This program is for people with disabilities. We have your business in mind when it comes to delivering workshops, providing professional coaching and taking the next steps in enhancing entrepreneurial pursuits. Whether you need help with an idea, project development, business planning, computer training or building your network – Ventures has something for every person who has ever wanted to venture into self-employment.
The Assets for Success program (est. 2012) supports individuals with disabilities who are unemployed or underemployed. The program is open to Albertans between the ages of 15-30 who have a visible or invisible disability and are ineligible for Employment Insurance. Included in the program are one-to-one support, life management workshops, employer connections, and individualized support throughout the job search process. When working with DECSA, job hunters benefit from DECSA’s resources, including a network of inclusive employers. Thanks to the Assets for Success program, individuals with disabilities need not go through the employment process alone.
Please note that, after a very successful round, the Assets for Success program is not accepting new clients at this time. Check back regularly to find out when intakes open again.
The Time for Change program (est. 2016) aims to connect post-secondary educated youth with disabilities to employers. Disabled people often struggle to find employment, even with specialized education. This program helps both youth and employers assess occupational challenges and create an action plan to overcome them. The goal is to open the workplace to a talented pool of individuals with disabilities who may not otherwise be able to find gainful employment, while encouraging employers to hire such individuals in the future.
Please note that we are not currently accepting intakes for this program. Check back often to find out when we’re ready to accept new clients.
Down 2 Earth is one of DECSA’s newest programs, established in 2016. Down 2 Earth gives at-risk youth the opportunity to get outside and 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!
The People in Motion program, funded by In Motion Network, is designed to promote well-being through physical activity. The program includes training sessions and outdoor activities to teach participants how to remain fit and healthy, even on a budget.
Open to the general public, the fully accessible Community Hub is available to anyone seeking resources and services related to employment, education and entrepreneurship. DECSA staff are available to welcome and assist you, providing resume writing services, job search tips, networking opportunities, and computer assistance. Fresh coffee, Wi-Fi and free parking are also available.