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.
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
Closer to Home is proud to be partnering with your local Calgary Lexus Dealers to bring more relief, bigger smiles and brighter moments of joy to families in need, during a particularly difficult year for many Calgarians. For every Lexus vehicle sold in Calgary until January 3, 2017, Lexus will Read more
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
Becoming a foster parent is a big decision. Opening up your heart and home to children in need of a safe place to call home is undoubtedly challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Here are our top 5 reasons for becoming a foster parent: 1.You are helping children and Read more
When Melody first came to Closer to Home six years ago, she was looking for a way to become more involved in her community. She had transitioned from the arts to nonprofit life, and had worked with other agencies focusing on helping youth. Looking for a job that was, literally, Read more
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
Our West Central Community Resource Center runs Homework Clubs in the Shaganappi, Glenbrook and Lincoln Park communities in Calgary. Around 20 to 25 students from grades 1 - 6 attend each of these Homework Clubs. We will need some stationery items to support the kids in these programs this fall. Items Read more