New Horizon program supports young adults in making it on their own

Wood's Homes, New Horizon, Art

Artwork gifted to New Horizon by a former client.

By Sanita Dhillon – Communications Assistant, Wood’s Homes

Sometimes you need a little reminder of why you do the work you do. For me, I recently had that moment of inspiration during my tour of the New Horizon program. This was an opportunity for me to learn more about this program in order to better communicate its work with homeless youth in our community.

The New Horizon program was launched in 2010 because Wood’s Homes had been looking for a way to provide stable, supportive housing for young adults at risk of homelessness. Continue reading

7 ways for parents to use assertive discipline with their child

Wood's Homes, Children, Mental Health,

By Carmen Campos, Family Support Counsellor – Home Connections, Wood’s Homes

Disciplining a child effectively is a struggle for all parents at some point.

Assertive discipline means being consistent and acting quickly when a child misbehaves. Staying calm and using fair, predictable consequences that match the problem behavior is recommended. When children are misbehaving or upset, it is best to avoid yelling, name calling, threatening or spanking.

Discipline helps children accept necessary rules and limits and develop self-control. Discipline works best when the child lives in a predictable world and receives plenty of attention for good behaviour. Continue reading

Team Leader Mark David shares what it takes to work with high-risk youth

Wood's Homes, Evergreen, Children's Mental Health, Calgary, Alberta

Evergreen helps teach life skills and healthy decision-making to vulnerable and struggling youth.

By Sanita Dhillon – Communications Assistant, Wood’s Homes

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to tour the Wood’s Homes Evergreen Program with Team Leader Mark David in hopes to learn more about the work of the program and help communicate this with our community.

The tour was memorable for me and I hope reading about Mark’s experience of working at Evergreen inspires you too as we continue to help youth and families who need our support.

“I told myself I would never work at the Evergreen program,” says Mark David, now the proud Team Leader of Evergreen. Continue reading

Innovative ways of supporting Wood’s Homes

By Catherine Feenstra – Development Officer, Wood’s Homes

At Wood’s Homes, we are constantly humbled by our community’s support that arrives in so many innovative ways. If you can dream it, it can be done!

The 24th Annual Motorcycle Awareness Ride is scheduled for May 24, 2015. This dedicated group of avid motorcycle enthusiasts gather every year to promote safety and awareness drivers.

Motorcycle Awareness Ride

At the same time, they also raise funds for many worthwhile causes, and for the second year, Wood’s Homes will be the grateful recipient. Registration is open until May 22, so grab your helmet and join in the fun!

Zuriada Dada-Ramdin is running in the Scotiabank Marathon May 28-31 in support of Wood’s Homes. Continue reading

Teen advocate Josh Shipp speaks in Fort McMurray


From left, Jason Beck, Executive Director of the Justin Slade Youth Foundation; Josh Shipp and Lynn Rhoddy, Program Supervisor, Stepping Stones Youth Services.

By Sanita Dhillon, Communications Assistant

Josh Shipp had a challenging childhood and bounced around in many different homes until he had a handful of caring adults reach out to him. Now a teen advocate and motivational speaker known as the ‘The Teen Whisperer,’ he strives to pass on this knowledge and be that caring adult for kids like him.

“Every kid is ONE caring adult away from being a success story,” he says. Continue reading