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
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.
Supporting more than 1,500 people each year, Closer to Home relies on a small team of just over a dozen administrative staff to keep the agency running smoothly. Without them, program staff wouldn’t be able to provide the support and resources that children and families in our community need. Central Read more
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
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
While managing a career and a family leaves some parents feeling frazzled, Layl, Closer to Home’s Human Resources Administrator, seems to have found a nice balance. “For me, it’s about getting to do what I love and what I believe in: I love my family and I very much believe Read more