CTH Feature Stories

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Community Builder 2018: Camp Chestermere

For over 12 years, Camp Chestermere has been welcoming youth from our Teaching Homes to their overnight summer camps, offering Closer to Home a steep discount for each child. Without this, we wouldn’t be able to give our kids this exciting and valuable experience, where they get to participate in Read more

October 24th, 2018|

Practitioner of the Year 2018: Sonia Lopez

For the past 10 years, Sonia Lopez has welcomed countless children into her home as a Foster Parent. The role came into her life at just the right time, because the following year her husband passed away. “Having kids around me during that difficult time helped me a lot,” Sonia Read more

October 24th, 2018|

Volunteer of the Year 2018: Agnes Wolstennolme

Growing up on a farm with seven siblings and a large extended family, Agnes was brought up to pitch in and lend a helping hand to others. At the age of eight or nine, she got to join a 4-H club. “Maybe it all started there,” she says. “I find Read more

October 24th, 2018|

Donor of the Year 2018: Scarboro United Church

Since 1929, Scarboro United Church has prided itself on being an open-minded, diverse and caring community, welcoming people and families from all backgrounds, beliefs and values. They are an ‘Affirming Congregation,’ meaning they have adopted the affirming process to be inclusive of the LGBTQ2+ communities. They also pride themselves on Read more

October 24th, 2018|

Viewpoints: Preventing Crisis with Mental Health Support

As mental health continues to be an important and popular topic in the media and popular culture, the staff in our Viewpoints program hope to continue connecting with youth in Airdrie to facilitate discussions about self-care and developing positive behaviours that support mental health. Jodie Moffatt, Community Outreach Worker for Read more

August 6th, 2018|

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

Canada will be celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. In Calgary, a full week of events (known as Aboriginal Awareness Week) is scheduled leading up to this day to celebrate the distinct culture and heritage of Indigenous people. Closer to Home (CTH) is thrilled to be part of Read more

May 10th, 2018|

Summer in the City: Impacting More Than Just Kids

Growing up, Shahd was a shy young girl. “I kind of had this bubble I was always in,” she recalls. Then she came to Closer to Home (CTH)’s  summer day camp program, Summer in the City. “I didn’t talk to anyone or participate in anything for the first few days,” Read more

May 10th, 2018|

Making It Happen: Brandy, Program Manager

When Brandy became a Teaching Parent for Closer to Home at the young age of 24, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. She had previously worked in community-based programs for adults with developmental disabilities, but the job of a Teaching Parent is quite unique. Brandy Read more

May 4th, 2018|

When Enough is Not Enough

At Christmas time, the need for extra support becomes increasingly apparent for many Calgary families. Many are barely making ends meet with their regular expenses, and with bills already piling up, the thought of budgeting for gifts and a special holiday meal seems like an impossible task. This past Christmas Read more

February 15th, 2018|

How do I plan time for my kids and I during spring break?

I am a single parent. I work full time and my daughter, goes to after care at her school.  Unfortunately, it is closed during spring break.  I can take a few days off work, but not for the entire break.   Are there any low cost or no cost activities she Read more

February 15th, 2018|

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