CTH Feature Stories

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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|

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|

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|

Adopt-a-Family: Helping Connect Families with Communities

Chris and Mit* and their two children, then 5 and 7 years of age, moved to Calgary from an eastern European country 4 years ago to escape the armed conflict and with hopes to make Canada their new home. The parents were excited to be members of the vibrant community Read more

November 25th, 2016|

Making It Happen: Layl, Human Resources Administrator

While managing a career and a family leaves some parents feeling frazzled, Layl, Closer to Home’s Human Resources Administrator, seems to have found a nice balance. “For me, it’s about getting to do what I love and what I believe in:  I love my family and I very much believe Read more

November 25th, 2016|

Making It Happen: Marsha, Kiwehtata Facilitator

Ten years ago, Marsha had a friend knock on her door. Little did she know, her friend was there on a mission: she insisted Marsha had a natural talent for working with families and offered her a role helping families with supervised visits. Just like that, Marsha made a drastic Read more

October 28th, 2016|

How Do I Teach My Child to Accept “No”?

I’m in the habit of buying small treats or toys for my 5-year-old when we go shopping, but now she expects it every time. When I don’t buy her something, she gets upset. How do I curb this behaviour? – Melanie This is a concern that we often hear from parents. Read more

August 18th, 2016|

Journey to Healing

When Josh* first came to Closer to Home at the young age of 9, he often felt angry and anxious. Behind the freckles dancing on his face and dark eyes, a history of trauma left a wound that made it difficult for him to regulate his emotions. He needed a Read more

August 18th, 2016|

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