‘Viewpoints’: Youth Mental Health and Wellness Project Launches in Airdrie

Closer to Home Community Services is excited to announce the launch of its new Airdrie-based youth mental health program, Viewpoints. A preventative, evidence-based program, Viewpoints aims to support overall mental wellness for youth in Airdrie by increasing awareness of and access to mental health resources while decreasing the stigma of Read more

June 27th, 2017|

Making It Happen: Caroline, Alternate Teaching Parent

One of the most common responses when someone hears about working in a group home is: “I couldn’t do that. It would be too hard.” For Caroline, an Alternate Teaching Parent at one of Closer to Home’s Community Teaching Homes, working with youth who have experienced trauma is certainly a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity to help them grow into successful, healthy, whole adults.

May 31st, 2017|

Strengthening Families and Communities with Summer in the City

Closer to Home’s Summer in the City day camp means more than fun outdoor activities for kids. Free, quality summer programming means kids from low-income families do not undergo a “summer slide” and adopt risky behaviours. The story of Diana* and her daughter helps us understand why Summer in the Read more

May 16th, 2017|

Cultural Connection: A Community of Spirituality and Support

“Healthy Mothers” by Richard Riel Dubois Zollo is displayed at Closer to Home’s Pekewe House. “I grew up an only child,” says Sarah*, reflecting on the bond she now sees between her two young daughters; a bond she never experienced. “The love that they have is so sweet.” Nearly Read more

May 16th, 2017|

Most Needed In-Kind Donations: Spring 2017

Do you have any of the following new or gently used items to donate in support of children, youth and families we serve? New hygiene and toiletry items New or gently used leather or vinyl sofas New or gently used kitchen tools (dish sets, cutlery sets, cookie sheets, cups, mugs, Read more

May 16th, 2017|

How Can I Encourage My Child to Share?

After spending time with my friends and their child, I’ve noticed that my daughter tends to mimic some of their child’s behaviours, like an unwillingness to share toys. How can I curb this behaviour? This is a common issue that we see with a lot of kids! Children do not Read more

May 16th, 2017|

Donor Appreciation

Closer to Home would like to recognize our supporters for the last quarter (January 1 – March 31, 2017): Agrium Inc. Barb Henning Beverly and Larry Flug Calgary Housing Company Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Calgary Transportation Club Danny Lin Denise Kisilevich Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church of Calgary Eric Read more

May 16th, 2017|

Investing in Kids’ Futures

When Amanda Frazer found out about Closer to Home’s partnership with Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink in 2016, she was excited to share the opportunity to support local children with her team at Alaris Royalty Corp. A national equity provider, Alaris is committed to supporting local organizations with a Read more

May 16th, 2017|

You’re Invited! Celebrate Indigenous Awareness Week With Us

May 16th, 2017|

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|

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