Just thirteen years ago, a fourteen-year-old boy named Gat arrived in Canada from South Sudan. The middle child in a family of eight, Gat was the only one to make the trek to North America and start a new life here. He fell in love with Canada.
“I’ve got just one year left, and then I’m going to be a mechanical engineer,” Omar* says with pride. Fourteen years ago, Omar and his family left everything behind in Turkey and landed in Calgary. For six-year-old Omar, that meant leaving behind his friends, aunties, uncles and cousins. It meant Read more
Closer to Home would like to recognize our supporters from the last quarter (January 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016): Align Association of Community Services Andrew McQuiston Ashley O'Reilly Barb Henning Beverly and Larry Flug Bones, Barks N' Baths Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Calgary South Rotary Read more
UPDATE: Closer to Home's Stampede Breakfast has been cancelled this year. Check out StampedeBreakfast.ca and Caravan.CalgaryStampede.com for other pancake breakfasts around town! Join Closer to Home on Thursday, July 7th for our annual Stampede Breakfast! Featuring pancakes and terrific entertainment, we’ll celebrate with western vibes and our boots on! Takes place from Read more
I know it’s good for kids if parents spend a lot of time with them and participate in their activities. I try to, but find I’m not able to complete all my household tasks too. How do I create a balance? - Jack I understand it can be really difficult Read more
“Everybody makes mistakes,” says Ellen*, a Foster Parent with Closer to Home. “We’re all only one tragedy or crisis away from doing the same thing.” Ellen and her husband, Steven*, have opened their home to more than 50 foster children over the last 15 years. Children have come to her Read more