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As Local Families Continue to Struggle, Calgarians Can Help

Last year, thanks to the incredible support of Calgarians, Closer to Home was able to double the impact of our annual Adopt-a-Family initiative, supporting 876 individuals across 215 families. As our city’s economy continues to recover, local families are still struggling. Research shows that one in ten Calgarians are currently Read more

October 4th, 2017|

You Make a Difference

Closer to Home would like to recognize our donors and supporters for the last quarter (July 1 - September 15, 2017) Alaris Royalty Corp. Amber McNamara and Chris Ferris Andrew McQuiston Arlene Oostenbrink Bailey Rivard Barb Henning Brett Shikaze Cindy Tetz Deerfoot Carpet and Flooring Inc. Denise Kisilevich Emmanuel Christian Read more

October 4th, 2017|

Home Again

Three years ago, Leo and his family were happy. They moved to Calgary, had stable jobs and were happy and healthy. Then, Leo received an unimaginable phone call. He was told his teenage daughter had taken her own life. With his wife and three other children – all between the Read more

October 4th, 2017|

How Do I Manage My Children’s Gift Expectations?

We are finally getting back on our feet after my husband lost his job a year ago. He is back working, but our budget for Christmas gifts will be tight this year. How do I manage my children’s gift expectations? Christmas is exciting, but can be a tough time of Read more

October 4th, 2017|

Celebrating the Holidays at Closer to Home

From Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Diwali to Christmas, there are dozens of holidays and festivals celebrated all across the world at this time of year. Here at Closer to Home, our staff celebrate a range of holidays, and with each one comes annual family traditions. Here are some of our Read more

October 4th, 2017|

Most Needed In-Kind Donations: Fall 2017

Closer to Home is in need of some new items to support the children, youth and families we serve. • Grocery gift cards • Family/youth activity passes (i.e. Calgary Zoo, WinSport) • Skates and hockey sticks • Toques, mitts and gloves • Thick socks • Sleds/toboggans • Helmets for youth Read more

October 4th, 2017|

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|

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