About The Calgary Pop-Up Care Village

The C-PUCV is a collaborative project led by seven grassroot initiatives. These seven organizations are: BeTheChangeYYC, AAWEAR, Angels in Action, Sobercrew/A.I.M, Harvest Hill Cares, and Hearts for Humanity.

Modelled after LavaMae’s Pop-Up Care Village in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Calgary Pop-Up Care Village is a festival for anyone experiencing systemic vulnerabilities such as homelessness and addiction. We provide equitable access to basic services such as case management, healthcare, clothing, haircuts, food and more to the street. This event is a one-day event that upholds guests' inherent human dignity, and bridges the wider Calgarian community with the underserved population.

LavaMae's pop-up care village

The Event

Our first C-PUCV will take place on September 27th, 2022, at Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SW). The festival will begin at 12 PM and end at 6 PM.

We will provide FREE

Our partners will provide clothing free of charge donated by local Calgarians, as well as free hygiene products such as razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrush, and other oral hygiene and hair hygiene products. We also have access to handwashing stations and porta potties on top of the city's pre-existing washroom system which will help alleviate the stress of guest flow.

Our vendors MC College and CITCM will be employing students from both colleges to perform dignifying haircuts, manicure, and massage therapy services free of charge. Both schools will have a certified clinical supervisor and students who are gaining experiences in respective fields. Our guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing hairstyle change, a relaxing massage therapy, and a beautifying manicure.

We are fortunate to have Boston Pizza who will be bringing fresh and hot pizza of various toppings from 12pm - 4pm of the event. In addition to the hot pizzas, our Grassroot Outreach Collaboration has collected hundreds of non-perishable food items which can be accessed throughout the event. As well, guests who complete exit booth surveys are eligible for a gift package containing non-perishable food items and drinks, and random prize draws will also contain food items as well. Lastly, our partners have brought gift cards from various restaurants across Calgary as an incentive for guests to interact with their booth.

Our professional healthcare team will be able to assist guests with woundcares with paramedics onsite, full-range STBBI testing with gift card incentives. The STI Health Clinic can also administer STBBI treatment on-site as well as referrals to other professional health clinics in the city of Calgary for follow ups. Safeworks will be bringing their iconic van for anyone wanting to access harm reduction safer drug use supplies. Additionally, we have nurses available on site for vaccination administration, including COVID-19 booster shots, as well as public health nurses representing 811 Healthlink informing the guests of what services one can find by accessing 811. In addition, CUPS will be bringing Opioid Agonist Treatment team for referrals as well as any relevant information on addiction clinics in the city. Lastly, Safelink Alberta will be bringing case managers representing the agency with on-site support of safer-sex supplies.

Our partners will provide on-site housing check-ins for guests who have previously completed the Calgary Homeless Foundation Needs and Assessment Questionnaires (NSQ) documents, or complete one if the guest has not done so previously. They will provide professional assistance in terms of providing financial literacy course information, realistic employment coaching. As well, our City of Calgary Transit Outreach Team will be able to complete Low-Income Transit Applications on-site with guests who need to apply for such documents.

We have fully trained crisis intervention responders who are on-site with Distress Centre Calgary available as a listening ear for anyone experiencing challenges and wanting to talk to someone. They will also offer referrals to professional counselling services if guests need. Our indigeneous-based partners will be performing drumming sessions as well as fostering cultural connections at the event.

We have a team of professional entertainment groups who will be staffing the stage at all times during the event, bringing free-style rap, indigeneous culture, and lastly just plain fun to the event. In addition, we will be hosting random prize draws throughout the event and impromptu team activities for any guests who are interested.

Information Posters

Get Involved


We are in need of volunteers who are willing to dedicate their time to contribute to this event. Please click "View Open Positions" for further details.


If you are a local service provider such as a homeless shelter, food bank, barber shop, clothing store, etc. please consider joining this event and show your interest!


We would not be able to host this event free of charge without the generous help of our partners and donators. All donations are highly appreciated.

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Our Partners

This event would not be possible without our generous partners. If you are interesting in working with us, please contact us at c-pucv@billzheng.ca or (403) 477-7280.

Donators and Funders



The C-PUCV is a collaborative project led by 7 grassroot initiatives. These seven organizations are: BeTheChangeYYC, AAWEAR, Angels in Action, Sobercrew/A.I.M, Harvest Hill Cares, and Hearts for Humanity.

Leadership Team

  • Bill Zheng

    Coordinator, Assistant Team Lead at BeTheChangeYYC

  • Hanna Woodward

    Program Coordinator at BeTheChangeYYC

  • Chaz Smith

    CEO and Founder of BeTheChangeYYC

  • Kristen Baranieski

    Wayfinders and intake specialist team lead, senior team lead at BeTheChangeYYC

  • Olivia Levy

    Medical first responder central team lead, team lead at BeTheChangeYYC

  • Jojo Marie

    Safety and wellness ambassadors team lead, outreach coordinator at AAWEAR

Youth Involvement

  • Weilan Zhang

    Graphic design team lead

  • Allison Yang

    Graphic designer

  • Grace Song

    Graphic designer

  • Grace Liu

    Graphic designer

  • Alvi Zaman

    Graphic designer

  • Ronald Jin

    Web developer/designer