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Community Carpentry Program

posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:21 PM by Douglas Ratke   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 8:15 PM ]

What is Momentum? 

Momentum exists because, despite all of Calgary’s prosperity, there are still people living in poverty in our city, many of whom work full-time hours. These Calgarians do not need a band-aid approach to crisis management; they need the tools to prevent such crises from happening. Momentum serves people who are ready to make a change and make it last.

What is Their Approach?

Central to Momentum's work in community economic development are the principles of the sustainable livelihoods model. Simply put, this model is based on the notion that in order for a person to increase their financial assets and stay resilient, they need to build strength in five different asset areas. Those areas are personal, physical, social, human and financial.

Momentum partners with people in building their own assets through the programs that we offer to individuals in Calgary.

Individuals can build their assets at Momentum in three areas:

Business Development, where they can pursue self-employment as a means of primary or supplementary income;
Financial Literacy, where they can learn money management skills and learn to pay themselves first by saving; and
Skills Training, where new Canadians and Aboriginal persons can build new skills that enhance career opportunities.
Through these programs thousands of individuals have built a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.

However, at Momentum, we understand that building the resilience of individuals is only one part of the equation. In order to prevent people from having to make ends meet on low incomes in the first place, changes need to be made at a community level.

It's this understanding that guides Momentum's community leadership work in collaborative and policy initiatives.

At Momentum, we feel that this two-fold approach is the most effective way to work towards of vision of a city where every person has a sustainable livelihood and contributes to the community.

Please refer to attachment for more information.

Douglas Ratke,
Oct 3, 2017, 1:21 PM