Front Page

/Front Page

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|

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|

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|

Making It Happen: Marion, Healthy Families Home Visitor

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

March 31st, 2017|

Closer to Home and the Lexus Holiday Lift Program

Closer to Home is proud to be partnering with your local Calgary Lexus Dealers to bring more relief, bigger smiles and brighter moments of joy to families in need, during a particularly difficult year for many Calgarians. For every Lexus vehicle sold in Calgary until January 3, 2017, Lexus will Read more

December 15th, 2016|

Adopt-a-Family: Helping Connect Families with Communities

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

November 25th, 2016|

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Foster Parent with Closer to Home

Becoming a foster parent is a big decision. Opening up your heart and home to children in need of a safe place to call home is undoubtedly challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Here are our top 5 reasons for becoming a foster parent: 1.You are helping children and Read more

October 17th, 2016|

Making It Happen: Melody, Family Matters Program Coordinator

When Melody first came to Closer to Home six years ago, she was looking for a way to become more involved in her community. She had transitioned from the arts to nonprofit life, and had worked with other agencies focusing on helping youth. Looking for a job that was, literally, Read more

September 30th, 2016|

How Do I Teach My Child to Accept “No”?

I’m in the habit of buying small treats or toys for my 5-year-old when we go shopping, but now she expects it every time. When I don’t buy her something, she gets upset. How do I curb this behaviour? – Melanie This is a concern that we often hear from parents. Read more

August 18th, 2016|

Stay in the know: Get the latest news, invites & updates.