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This photo was taken by a counsellor as she was fleeing the Fort McMurray wildfire.


Fort McMurray program supervisor shares first-hand experience

The Stepping Stones program, operated by Wood’s Homes in Fort McMurray, provides shelter and outreach services for homeless youth. In early May, the wildfires forced staff and clients to flee the program, located in the community of Dickensfield. Lynn Rhoddy, Stepping Stones supervisor, fled to Calgary with her 17-year-old daughter where she is working at our Parkdale campus until she is able to head home.

At a fundraiser held on May 15, Lynn shared her experience. She is incredibly grateful to the community for its generosity and compassion. Read her story here.


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Crisis counsellors responding to calls from evacuees


As the result of a sagging economy and the crisis in Fort McMurray, our Eastside Family Centre and Community Resource Team (CRT) have felt a surge in the demand for mental health services for young people and their families.

The added client numbers has unfortunately increased treatment wait times and has left some people without mental health services on the day they may need it most.

CRT counsellors have been working hard at the various evacuee reception centres in Calgary. They are providing on-the-spot crisis counselling and referrals. If you know an evacuee who needs to speak with someone, please contact us
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Famous faces help us share a family's mental health journey

At Wood's Homes we know that sometimes families have troubles they can’t handle alone and we are always here to help with problems big or small. On May 5, Children’s Mental Health Day, we wanted to do something to raise awareness of mental health concerns in youth and families.

The result is Ethan’s Story; a small window into one family’s challenges and their experience with Wood’s Homes. We are honoured that several well-known Albertans took the time to participate and help Ethan tell his story. We ask you to watch the video, and help us keep the ball rolling with a Like, Share or Tweet! If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please contact us.


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500 riders show up in support of Wood's Homes in Fort McMurray

 

The engines were loud, the leather was plentiful and the weather was perfect at the 25th annual Motorcycle Awareness Ride. Hundreds of riders gathered at Calgary's Grey Eagle Casino to raise funds for Wood's Homes and spread awareness about how two and four-wheeled vehicles can safely share the road.

 

This year's event acted as a memorial ride for three of Calgary's motorcycle pioneers; Walt Healy, Bob Kane and Roger Hyde. Roger's wife Cynthia, an avid rider and a well-known figure in Calgary's motorcycle scene, wrote about the ride and what it meant to her, her family and the entire riding community.

 


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Lethbridge Gala draws hundreds in support of Wood's Homes

The community of Lethbridge came together once again in support of Wood’s Homes at the 12th annual Lethbridge gala on April 30.

Guests listened as a mother and son shared how Wood’s Homes guided them through their struggles. And just as the son’s mother never considered giving up on him, we at Wood’s follow that same principle. We never give up, no matter the challenge.

This year’s theme was the Lion King which brought with it a vibrant atmosphere enhanced by a performance by St. Francis Junior High students. Carol Steen, a longtime volunteer with Wood’s Homes was emcee and graciously shares her experience in a blog post. Click the link below.

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Program spotlight: Fee-for-service programs

The majority of our 37 programs serve children and families with some involvement or history with children’s services. These programs are paid for by child and family and/or health service funders from anywhere in Canada, depending on the client’s home community.

Our crisis services are free to the public. You can reach us by telephone, email, text or LiveChat. Our walk-in, single-session counselling services at Eastside Family Centre are free and immediately accessible, even on Saturdays and evenings.

We also provide programs for purchase by the public and funders alike. Some of which are unique to Canada, or incorporate working with the whole family. Check out our fee-for-service programs below:

 

  • Phoenix: A one-of-a-kind, highly specialized program for young males exhibiting sexually intrusive behaviours.

  • Whole Family Treatment: An intensive treatment program for entire families at our Vermilion Energy Family Centre.

  • Stabilization Assessment: A trauma-informed program providing a wide scope of assessments and therapies.

  • Catalyst: A trauma-focused program for dually-diagnosed and developmentally impacted youth.

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    Come on out for the Wood's Homes Stampede Breakfasts!

    Hosting 3,000 people for breakfast requires a bit of planning. But we’re on it!

    We’re getting ready for our 31st annual Stampede breakfasts and we sure hope you can join us! Get ready for what many of our returning guests call, “This is the best kept secret in town and the best Stampede breakfasts in the city.”

    And we’re not just talkin’ pancakes these events include sausages, eggs, juice, coffee courtesy of Starbucks, music, games for the children and prizes!

    Look for our float at the Stampede Parade in Bowness, a community we have proudly been a part of since 1925!

    The Bowness breakfast is July 10, 8 - 11 a.m. with the Parkdale breakfast on July 13, 7:30 - 11 a.m.

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    Birdies for Kids

    At Wood’s Homes, we often see our clients — children, youth and families — take flight in ways they'd never thought possible. These transitions are made possible by initiatives like Birdies for Kids. Click here to sign up and find out how your donation will benefit Wood's Homes.

     

     


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