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Our mandate is to empower, educate and support youth and their parents and/or guardians to better cope with the ongoing and complex needs of the youth. Following are the programs that Wood's Homes offers here.
This 8-bed facility provides youth under the age of 18 with a bed, laundry facilities, showers, clothing and crisis counselling. Youth receive breakfast, a bagged lunch and a hot dinner. There are two professional staff members on duty at all times. At the time of intake, a staff member speaks with the youth's guardian and/or the on-call duty worker to inform him or her of the youth’s whereabouts. Young people can work with staff to find a place to stay and will be given information on appropriate community resources. Staff will also work with the youth to help him or her find employment, a house and to learn independent living skills.
Shelter hours are 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. every day of the year.
Maximum stay is 15 consecutive days.
Referral sources can be from anyone, including the youth, and are accepted on a 24-hour basis.
312 - 3 Street South (lower level)
The Family Connections program in Lethbridge provides culturally sensitive, in-home support services to high-needs families in their home and/or a community setting. The program works with children, youth and families with Children’s Services involvement to manage child protection concerns.
Family Connections offers immediate help by:
Assisting families to identify what is important to them and what is working well.
Working with the family in the home to address a variety of living and parenting problems.
Coordinating services and locating other community resources.
The 3-bed Stabilization Program offers short-term crisis diffusion services within two community caregiver settings. The program provides a temporary placement (an average of five to fifteen days) for children or adolescents who are acting out their distress on themselves – or others (e.g. aggression, running, self harm, suicidal thoughts). The program offers a brief time-out period as a first step towards stabilizing the crisis situation. Caregivers work with both the young person and the family to create more productive ways of interacting and managing conflicts when the youth returns home. As part of this process, stabilization helps families to develop additional skills and carry out new strategies. The program also provides information about appropriate community services and supports families to make use of them.