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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|

Most Needed Donations

Closer to Home is in need of some new items to support the children, youth and families we serve. Baby supplies for newborns (diapers, wipes, formula and baby bottles) Clothes for newborns Cribs Small carpets for kids to play on Toy cars, planes for 2-3 year olds Winter clothes (hats, Read more

February 7th, 2019|

Top 4 Tips From Our Foster Parents

Check it out! Our Closer to Home Foster Parents gave us their best advice on fostering: “Be compassionate with these kids, who don’t have their parents at their side, and give them so much love because that’s what they are hungry for.” “Don’t be afraid to fail. Closer to Home Read more

February 7th, 2019|

Your Support Makes a Long-Term Impact

Our very own Dean Mullin, Board Director, once said: “…when someone has been helped, they pay it back many times over.” Thanks to your ongoing support of our year-round programs and services, families who were once in need really do have an opportunity to pay it forward. Whether it’s our Adopt-a-Family Read more

February 7th, 2019|

We are Thankful for YOU!

Thank you to all our donors and volunteers who supported Closer to Home in the last quarter (October 1 - December 31, 2018). Your kindness and generosity has helped families overcome challenges and given them hope during difficult times. Thank you for joining hands with us, empowering these families and Read more

February 7th, 2019|

Six tips to combat the winter blues

Are you feeling blue? It’s common to feel low at this time of year, with around one in three Canadians experiencing the “winter blues.” Another 10 to 15 percent suffer from a mild form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression most common in the fall or winter. Read more

January 21st, 2019|

6 Reasons You’ll Know You’re Ready to Be a Foster Parent

Did the movie Instant Family inspire you to explore becoming a Foster Parent?  Closer to Home is looking for more loving foster families to provide temporary homes to the more than 7,000 foster children in Alberta. Anyone can become a foster parent, but there are a few things you need Read more

January 11th, 2019|

Calgary Firefighters New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation (CF2) has teamed up with the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund to host the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration.  Proceeds will be evenly divided amongst 12 charities selected by the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, including Closer to Home, as well as the CF2 SAFE program.  The Read more

December 19th, 2018|

You Can Help Families Heal This Fall

This fall, parents like Mari need your help. Kids and families in our community are struggling with issues like poor mental health, trauma, addictions, lack of parenting skills and more. Take Mari’s* story, for example. Mari grew up in a family that struggled with addictions, and she was often exposed to Read more

October 29th, 2018|

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