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So far Closer to Home has created 105 blog entries.

We’re running for kids and families on May 26th!

This spring, we're running to help meet the needs of kids and families in our community, and you can help us make a difference! Closer to Home Community Services is raising funds through the 2019 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon’s Charity Challenge. Closer to Home supports vulnerable children, youth and families who Read more

May 17th, 2019|

The Healing Power of Drumming

Watch Asha's story. Sitting down with a drum can be a spiritual experience, says Darcy Turning Robe, who teaches the drumming circle every Tuesday as part of Closer to Home’s Ee-Des-Spoom- Ooh-Soop program. “The drum itself has its own spirit,” he continues. “Every drum speaks to a person.” That was Read more

May 9th, 2019|

The Gift of Quality Family Time

Riya,* a single mom with two kids, lives in a Calga ry Housing complex and is able to just cover her rent and basic needs with her income. Any expenses beyond this are a financial stretch for her. Her kids can only imagine the fun their friends have on family Read more

May 9th, 2019|

Top 10 Myths About Foster Care

1. I can’t be a foster parent, because I don’t have parenting experience. Truth: No parenting experience is needed to become a foster parent. Many people with various backgrounds choose fostering. Although parenting experience is not necessary, you will need to meet certain criteria and participate in screening and assessment for Read more

May 9th, 2019|

Making Summer Camp Accessible for All Kids

When Lena* and her family first came to Canada as refugees two years ago, they found it challenging to restart their lives. Mom and Dad both had strong educational backgrounds from their home country, but their degrees were not recognized in Canada. Living on Vancouver Island, they also struggled to Read more

May 9th, 2019|

You’re Invited to Our Stampede Street Party!

Join us on Thursday July 4th for a Stampede BBQ, live music, entertainment and more! Stay tuned for more details coming soon...

May 9th, 2019|

You Make a Difference!

Thank you to our donors and volunteers who supported Closer to Home in the last quarter (January 1 to March 31, 2019): Alggin Employees Amy Heidman Arlene Oostenbrink Bailey Rivard Barb Henning Brett Shikaze Burwood Distillery Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation Gala Calgary Food Bank Calgary Foundation Calgary Herald Christmas Fund Read more

May 9th, 2019|

Strengthen Your Impact with Shaw Birdies for Kids!

You can help children in need experience the joy and excitement of summer camp! Closer to Home’s free, educational day camp, Summer in the City, gives children from low-income families access to vital summer programming they would otherwise be unable to afford. From now until September 1st, when you donate Read more

March 28th, 2019|

Getting to the Root of the Problem: Improving Mental Health in Vulnerable Communities

Minoush Rafie (above left), Coordinator of the West Central Community Resource Centre, says it takes time and trust for people to feel comfortable opening up, especially about mental health concerns. (Photo Courtesy: Leah Hennel, Calgary Herald) “If you don’t address the root of the problem, it will just Read more

February 7th, 2019|

Calgary Flames Fundraiser

Want to take the family out to a hockey game this winter? Join us as the Calgary Flames take on the Vegas Golden Knights, and help support Closer to Home! Enjoy the game and cheer on the Flames, all while supporting local kids and families. $10 from each ticket sold Read more

February 7th, 2019|

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