By Chelsea Sproule, Wood’s Homes Foster Care Support Worker
Wood’s Homes has worked to find caring and stable homes for foster children for more than a century. Today, our Foster Care Network not only offers a number of foster home and group living arrangements, but also provides training, remuneration and ongoing services to assist all of our foster parents.
By Lindsay Bear, Wood’s Homes Online Engagement Coordinator
Thanksgiving is a time when many of us reflect on what we’re most thankful for. At Wood’s Homes, the joy of working with children, youth and families, the support we receive from the community and the 100 year history we’ve shared in Calgary – an amazing city – tops our list.
In the spirit of the season, we decided to ask our staff and clients what they are thankful for. Some of the answers we received were surprising, but always heartwarming.
By Linda Pearson, Wood’s Homes Stabilization Assessment Clinician
This month, the contributions of Occupational Therapists (OTs) across the country are being celebrated. Occupational Therapists uniquely contribute to the field of mental health as they serve to enable people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being. Essentially, they are in the vocation of helping people with the “job of living” giving them the tools to perform meaningful roles and daily activities. Within children’s mental health, OTs work to promote successful participation in the occupations of children – play, school, friendships and self care – that characterize a healthy childhood and can support later success in life.
By Claire Parker, Wood’s Homes 2016 Never Give Up Gala Speaker
A few weeks ago I was asked if I would be willing to attend the Wood’s Homes 2016 Never Give Up Gala. The purpose was for me to share our experience with the Whole Family Treatment Program we had participated in earlier this year. I was extremely flattered to say the least, and extremely anxious and nervous. Doing something like this would force me to step WAY out of my comfort zone. But, I thought about my kids and all the families that need help, and that motivated me to say yes. What I didn’t realize when I accepted the offer, was just how much I would gain personally from this experience.
Calgary herald columnist Val Fortney interviews Chris at Bowness breakfast
By Chris, Wood’s Homes alumni
It was 1967 when I came to Wood’s Christian Home. I had been running away from home a lot by that time. My stepmother administered severe physical punishment and my Dad was heavy-handed as well. There came a point when I just wanted to leave to get away from it all. I wasn’t the best kid, but never knew why I was punished so much. I was labeled a troublemaker and subject to harsh discipline almost all the time.