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Calgary Alternative Residential Services

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CARS LogoWho are we?
CARS is a division of Calgary Alternative Support Services (CASS) and has been providing a variety of ‘residential services’ since 1988.

Who uses our services?
Persons 18+ years of age and who have a developmental disability and are eligible through the criteria outlined by Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD). For more information please visit:  Adults with a developmental disability, who need support to live, work and/or access the resources available within their communities.

Program Goals and Objectives:
To assist individuals with developmental disabilities to become more independent through skill acquisition, empowerment and full inclusion in society, thus improving their quality of life. Our program focuses on ‘person centered planning’ – people supporting people – based on the individuals needs.

Support Processes
Through a self directed process the individual will be assisted in identifying areas of support that are important to them and will contribute towards their personal goals. These goals will be formally reviewed annually, but will remain flexible and can be modified at any time to suit the needs of the individual.

Support Models
CARS provides support through:

Overnight Staffed Residences

This arrangement provides support to persons with high needs, within their own home in the community. The support is provided by staff who share a seven day schedule, allowing for support both day and night. The support staff sleep overnights, but do not live in the home of the individuals receiving this level of support.

Support Homes (supportive roomates)

Persons in these arrangements receive support from their “supportive roommate.” The individual may live with a single roommate, or a couple, or a family, depending on which scenario is most appealing.

Supported Independent Living (outreach)

We support those individuals living by themselves or with roommates by meeting in their home or community, for a set number of hours per week, or per month, to work on their specific needs and goals.

Individualized Community Access

Supporting individuals in the community.

Support within these models includes but is not limited to:

•    Informed healthy lifestyle choices
•    Recreation and leisure pursuits
•    Personal and community safety
•    Advocacy and self-determination
•    Creating community connections

Contact Details
Program Manager
Tracey Reece

Tracey Reece

 Phone: 403.283.0611
 Fax: 403.283.0691

 Email us using our contact form.