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Goods on Wood's: March 2017
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(L - R ) C.A.T.S. Clinic founder Dr. April Elliott, EXIT Street Services supervisor Adam Flegel, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, former Street Services manager Madelyn McDonald and Wood's Homes CEO Dr. Jane Matheson. 

Medical clinic for at-risk youth hits 10 years

“Our neighbour's strength is our strength. Our neighbour's struggle is our struggle," Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi told a packed room at the 10th anniversary celebration of Wood’s Homes’ medical clinic tucked inside our downtown Calgary youth shelter. The mayor applauded the important work of the clinic, commonly called C.A.T.S. (Calgary Adolescent Treatment Services).

Since its start in 2007, the clinic has provided thousands of at-risk youth with non-judgmental, confidential and comprehensive medical services. The clinic is credited with saving health care dollars as many of the clients would otherwise access hospital emergency care or wait until more intensive treatment is required.
  
The clinic was founded by pediatrician, Dr. April Elliott who works in partnership with the University of Calgary’s Department of Pediatrics.

To learn more about our Street Services, click here!
(L-R) Crisis Counsellor Jamil Datoo; Manager of Eastside Family Centre Janet Stewart;  MLA  for Chestermere-Rocky View Leela Aheer; MLA for Drayton Valley-Devon Mark Smith; Crisis Counsellor Tobi Hemstreet; and Director Dean Soenen.

MLAs tour free counselling centre

After hearing about the work of Eastside Family Centre, our free, walk-in, single session counselling service located in the city's northeast, Wildrose MLAs Leela Aheer and Mark Smith wanted to learn more. Wood’s Homes was pleased to host the MLAs as they toured the centre and visited with our Community Resource Team (trained counsellors who respond to crisis calls around the clock).

Eastside first began in 1990 as a ground breaking counselling service. Its model has since been replicated across Canada. 

To learn more about Eastside Family Centre, click here!

Working in our Temple program

At an organization the size of Wood’s Homes, with close to 40 programs in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, we are able to offer our staff the unique ability to work in a number of settings as they hone their clinical skills. The result is that we consider our employees some of the most well-rounded, skilled individuals working in the children’s mental health field.

One such program, our Temple program, with its four locations and diverse client base, encourages staff to think on their feet in a high energy, and highly rewarding environment. Counsellors in this program provide special, creative interventions for young people struggling with mental health, while maintaining a safe, supportive environment for clients.

Manager Kathleen Rhodes says this program truly is a special place for both staff and clients. The struggles can be more serious than many of the agency’s other programs, but this makes the successes all the more meaningful.

For a Q & A with Kathleen, click here!

Aladdin, Shoes and Motorcycles!

Hop on that magic carpet because you’re invited to the Lethbridge Children's Benefit Dinner on May 6. This year’s theme is Aladdin and promises an evening of magic. The event is also a good opportunity to show your support for our work in children’s mental health. Wood’s Homes has been helping children and their families in Lethbridge since 1996.  All proceeds will help us continue to provide valuable services for so many vulnerable people in that community.
 
To find out more, buy tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, click here!
Wine Women & Shoes is coming to Calgary for the first time! Wood’s Homes is pleased to host this exclusive event on April 7 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in support of our work in children’s mental health. The evening will feature a boutique marketplace, wine & culinary tastings, live and silent auctions, charming ‘Shoe Guys’ and much MUCH more! Grab your girlfriends - this is the ultimate ladies night!

To find out more click here!
If you prefer two wheels to four then the Motorcycle Awareness Ride oughta spin your tires! In its 26th year, this fun and noisy fundraiser brings together hundreds of riders from Calgary and area to raise awareness of rider safety while supporting local not-for-profits. Wood's Homes is once again proud to be this year's fundraising recipient. 

To register or find out more, click here!
Wood’s Homes has 550 staff and volunteers who serve 20,000 vulnerable children and their families every year. We are one busy place! Keep up with our news, stories and events through our blog. 
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