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calgary drop-in x d.i.t.r.o
17.07.17 - 18.08.18




The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society is a community of kindness, focused on providing more than 50 programs and services to Calgarians experiencing homelessness, marginalization and extreme poverty.

Serving Calgary for more than 50 years, they are the largest organization of its kind in North America. The Calgary Drop-In offers a complete range of wrap-around community supports – from meals and shelter, to clothing, medical services, counselling, volunteer opportunities, education, permanent supportive housing, and more – to over 10,000 people each year.



Inspired by my partnered charitable organization The DI (Calgary Drop-In Centre & Rehab Centre), I have had the experience to not only volunteer to understand who they are, but also learn about their community partnerships, resident care, and transitional programs.

"WE ARE KINDNESS"  was designed in collaboration with the DI ( The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre ). As an organization they also have their own apparel line, the "Elements of Kindness", where 100% of proceeds from their tee shirts sold supports their programs + services. This Chari-Tee Edition was designed to re-imagine each of their "Elements of Kindness" Tee Shirts: EMPATHY, DIGNITY, KINDNESS, LOVE, RESPECT + collaborate with the residents + staff of the DI to share their personal meaning behind the feeling. 

1 resident represents 1 element’s meaning. Each 5th edition Chari-Tee features their meaning from their own words.

$5 dollars from each 5th edition Chari-Tee sold goes to the Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.




Andrew Pavlidis

Instagram: @andrewpavlidis

Bec Kilpatrick

Instagram: @beckil_

Hayden Pattulo

Instagram: @style_out_here 


Dignity is the integral essential. It is the one indisputable truth of life. It is not to discriminate. It does not have to be earned. And it can never be diminished. By virtue their existence alone, every single person, place, and thing in the universe deserves to be revered for the qualities that make them unique. The qualities that make them beautiful and whole. The qualities that nobody but them can possess.

To acknowledge someone’s right to dignity is to validate not only their own existence, but -by virtue- your own as well.
To respect means to honour who YOU are and how YOU are, because I know what challenges you had to navigate to come to me.
— ANDREW. J [ Seniors Counsellor ]
Kindness to me are the staff and the residents of the DI. It was their warm smiles, genuine care and support for others, and passion to raise awareness for homelessness and mental health that inspired the 5th Edition collaboration.
— SAM.M [ VOLUNTEER ] AT THE DI + [ chari-tee designer ] for diamonds in the rough originals
Love is work. Love is a cup of coffee after a hard night. Love is showing up to work and doing it all again. And again. And again. Because you know it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do (but also the greatest).
— Kate.D [ intake coordinator ]
Empathy : Insight into realities we face unique to ourselves as individuals without judgement or predispositions.
— Jorge. C [ adult care worker ]