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Making It Happen: Laura, Administrative Assistant

Supporting more than 1,500 people each year, Closer to Home relies on a small team of just over a dozen administrative staff to keep the agency running smoothly. Without them, program staff wouldn’t be able to provide the support and resources that children and families in our community need. Central Read more

April 26th, 2017|

Strengthen Your Impact with Birdies for Kids!

You can help children in need experience the joy and excitement of summer camp! Closer to Home’s free, educational day camp, Summer in the City, gives children from low-income families access to vital summer programming they would otherwise be unable to afford. From now until September 3rd, when you donate Read more

April 13th, 2017|

Give Kids ‘A Reason to Smile’ With a Care Package

You can make a huge impact on kids in need with a care package. The youth in Closer to Home’s Community Teaching Homes have each experienced trauma in their lives, but with this initiative you can contribute to a nurturing, safe and healing environment for them. You will be giving Read more

April 7th, 2017|

Making It Happen: Marion, Healthy Families Home Visitor

As a Home Visitor with Closer to Home’s Healthy Families program, Marion is always on the go. Working with about 14 clients every week, Marion teaches new parents how to enhance their parenting skills, improve their knowledge and understanding of child development, and improve overall family functioning, all while increasing Read more

March 31st, 2017|

Message from CEO: Building a Legacy of Hope for Families

Christmas 2016 was a joy-filled event at Closer to Home!  Our donors and supporters came in droves to support 215 families in need and gave 876 people – of whom 579 were children – a very special and magical Christmas. Calgary’s generous spirit shone through and increased the number of Read more

February 23rd, 2017|

How Do I Keep My Child Safe Online Without Invading Her Privacy?

"My daughter just turned 13 and she’s been pleading with me to allow her to have social media accounts like all of her friends, but I’m nervous about all the negative and potentially unsafe things that come along with social media. How do I keep her safe online without invading Read more

February 23rd, 2017|

Making It Happen: Mark, Group Care Program Coordinator

Alberta was only supposed to be temporary for Mark, the new program coordinator at Achievement Place One, one of Closer to Home’s three community group homes. In the summer of 2015, Mark planned to spend the teaching offseason hiking in the mountains before heading back to Yellowknife, NWT, where he Read more

February 23rd, 2017|

A Full Circle Moment

This past Christmas, we were able to support a record number of families, thanks to all our donors. From new donors providing generous and year-round support like the Calgary Lexus Dealers to longtime supporters including students and teachers from local school, Calgary Academy, to our wonderful Adopt-a-Family title sponsor, McQuiston Read more

February 23rd, 2017|

Community Collaborations

Power Play Closer to Home was invited to help with supervision of children and youth participating in Power Play — a program organized by the Calgary Police Service (CPS) that helps kids learn skating skills and hockey. Upon receiving the request, staff at the West Central Community Resource Centre (WCCRC) Read more

February 23rd, 2017|

Donor Appreciation

Closer to Home would like to recognize our supporters for the last quarter (October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016): Employees at AECOM Canada - Quarry Park Office Aida Rafie Alaris Royalty Corp. Alberta Lift and Equipment Rentals Inc. Aldebaran Homes Allied Projects Ltd. Amanda Frazer American Eagle Calgary District Read more

February 23rd, 2017|

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