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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|

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|

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|

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Foster Parent with Closer to Home

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

October 17th, 2016|

Community Teaching Homes: A Safe Haven for Children and Youth

Imagine… What would it feel like to be separated from your family, moved to a different home and surrounded by other children and adults you didn’t know? For many of the youth referred to Closer to Home’s Community Teaching Homes, the experience can be very difficult. Their entire world has Read more

October 17th, 2016|

Enroll Now in Our Community-Based Programs

The West Central Community Resource Centre will resume various outreach programs this fall to meet the needs of our community. Registration for some of these programs is open so feel free to contact the Centre to enroll or help spread the word to someone who could benefit from these programs. Read more

August 18th, 2016|

Kick Starting a Child’s Potential

“I’ve got just one year left, and then I’m going to be a mechanical engineer,” Omar* says with pride. Fourteen years ago, Omar and his family left everything behind in Turkey and landed in Calgary. For six-year-old Omar, that meant leaving behind his friends, aunties, uncles and cousins. It meant Read more

May 13th, 2016|

Fostering a Legacy of Hope

“Everybody makes mistakes,” says Ellen*, a Foster Parent with Closer to Home. “We’re all only one tragedy or crisis away from doing the same thing.” Ellen and her husband, Steven*, have opened their home to more than 50 foster children over the last 15 years. Children have come to her Read more

May 13th, 2016|

It All Started at Summer Camp…

When Amir* first came to Canada, he was lost. He didn’t have any friends and his family didn’t have the financial resources to register him in community programming. They were having a difficult time adjusting to life in their new home, and his parents found it hard to keep up Read more

April 6th, 2016|

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