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So far Closer to Home has created 55 blog entries.

Want to Make a Difference for Families in Your Community?

Closer to Home is committed to helping kids and families in Calgary year-round. Whether we are providing counselling and guidance to families in crisis, preventing homelessness through referrals and support, or providing parenting or in-home support, everything we do is guided by our mission of Empowering Families to Stay Together. Read more

October 4th, 2017|

Making It Happen: Nina, Summer in the City Camp Leader

Growing up in an immigrant household was an enriching experience for Nina, who is spending her summer working as a Camp Leader at Closer to Home’s annual free summer day camp program, Summer in the City. Nina moved to Canada from Russia with her family when she was just three-years Read more

August 18th, 2017|

The Impact of Trauma & the Importance of Healing

Trauma [noun] – Severe emotional shock and pain caused by an extremely upsetting experience. This Cambridge dictionary definition seems simple enough, but for those who work with vulnerable people, the experience is far more complex. “Trauma is often very misinterpreted,” says Kerrie Moore, an Integrative Healing Therapist at the University Read more

August 8th, 2017|

You Make a Difference

Closer to Home would like to recognize our donors and supporters for the last quarter (April 1 - June 30, 2017) Amber McNamara and Chris Ferris Ann Davies Arlene Oostenbrink Barb Henning Bethany Chapel of Calgary Brett Shikaze Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids Calgary Food Bank Calgary Highland Dancing Association Read more

August 8th, 2017|

How You Can Help Ease Your Child’s Back-to-School Anxiety

My child is in elementary school and has anxiety about the thought of going back to school – new teacher, new grade, new friends. How can I help ease her into the new school year? Your daughter’s nervousness is completely understandable. You can reassure her that even if her friends Read more

August 8th, 2017|

Healing and Bridging Cultures

Back in June, Closer to Home’s Pekewe House opened its doors to the community to celebrate Indigenous Peoples and culture as part of Aboriginal Awareness Week. As guests feasted on ‘Bannock-Dogs’ (thank you, Tamara!), drummer, Darcy Turning Robe, performed and shared his music, stories and thoughts related to Indigenous Peoples. Read more

August 8th, 2017|

Most Needed In-Kind Donations: Summer 2017

Closer to Home is in need of some new or gently used items to support the children, youth and families we serve. Bedding Towels Dresser Lamp Curtains Toiletries for boys (i.e. shampoo, body wash, soap) Nightstands Posters, pictures and other home décor items Grocery gift cards Family/youth activity passes (i.e Calgary Read more

August 8th, 2017|

‘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|

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