Wood's Homes Blog

Celebrating with Pride

August 31, 2018

Calgary Pride will be hosting its 28th annual Pride Parade this weekend, the final celebration following a week full of Pride-related activities and events (including the rainbow flag raising at City Hall). Calgary will also be hosting the Dyke and Trans March on Sept. 1, where those who identify as lesbian, gender neutral and transgender march to celebrate, empower and educate society at large.

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Vermilion Energy's culture of caring creates safe place for vulnerable youth

July 09, 2018

Ever wonder what the true definition of a great partnership is? At Wood’s Homes, we think we know the answer – a mix of commitment, support, hard work and great chemistry. These are the ingredients we share with our friends at Vermilion Energy, whose staff demonstrated their passion for our work once again at a recent Day of Caring!

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We are all small beneath the sky

June 06, 2018

Last week, Wood’s Homes held its first-ever Spring Feast and Friendship Dance, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! 

Leading up to the event, organizers came together to smoke a pipe with Indigenous Elders and ask for prayers for our community. They were dedicated to making sure the celebration properly incorporated Indigenous culture, inviting Treffrey Deerfoot, a Siksika storyteller, to support us in the raising of our Blackfoot Teepee, teach us and guide us as we learned about his culture...

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Turning 18 in care

February 13, 2018

When Jess came into government care, she was only 8 years old. The day she arrived, she was introduced to the first of many social workers who would play an important role in her life. 

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Fostering community at Wood's Homes

October 19, 2017

On any given day, Wood’s Homes works with 45 foster families, each supported through our network that many describe as “one big family.”

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Putting an end to youth homelessness

May 25, 2017

On May 5, 2017, the Calgary Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness – 2017 Refresh was launched. As representatives from numerous not-for-profits gathered together to both celebrate and educate about the plan, we reflected on how far we have come in the push to get young people off the streets on paths to promising futures.

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National Volunteer Week spotlight: Ashley Mananquil

April 25, 2017

I reached out to Woods Homes in the summer of 2016 to provide free yoga classes to youth accessing their programs. At first, it was just a way for me to complete my practicum hours as a new child and youth yoga instructor. After I taught a class with the youth who attended Wood’s Homes 2016 Fitness Day, I really wanted to continue to teach yoga on the campus on an ongoing basis. That’s when the partnership between the BEAM Foundation and Woods Homes was formed.

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Family retreat in the mountains

April 19, 2017

The Exceptional Needs Program (ENP) recently held a retreat to provide families in the program an opportunity to spend time together, learn and share together, and hear effective parenting strategies.

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Other ways of giving

November 24, 2016

So often we see headlines about large corporations donating millions to charity or of a wealthy individual leaving their estate to a good cause. Indeed, many organizations including Wood’s Homes, could not do the work they do without the helping hand of those more fortunate. That being said, as Wood’s Homes’ donations administrator, I consider myself lucky to be able to witness first-hand giving of all kinds and I can truly say there are as many ways to give as there are people.

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The holidays are near which means The Santa Project is here!

November 02, 2016

The holidays can be an especially stressful time for the youth and families we work with at Wood’s Homes, as many face increased financial challenges during the winter months. We invite you to help share a little comfort and joy for those in need this holiday season by sponsoring a youth or family, donating gift cards, bus passes, etc., and/or making a cash donation to support the overall project.

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