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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|

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|

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