Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of Canada’s leading mentoring charities. It facilitates positive relationships for children and youth lacking strong role models. These relationships inspire and empower them to reach their potential and grow as members of our community. Since 1973, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lethbridge and District has been making matches and has since grown to provide a variety of programs for both boys and girls in our community.
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The Boys & Girls Club of Lethbridge & District provides a safe, supportive place for kids and teens to learn life skills, develop confidence, overcome social barriers and just have fun!
The MAT Youth Centre – MAT stands for Mentor, Assist, Teach and that is just what happens at The MAT. Youth ages 12-19, have a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment where they can get involved in fun activities, meet new friends and develop healthy, positive relationships and life skills that will carry them through to adulthood. The MAT has become THE place to be for youth in Lethbridge.
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Covenant Health at St. Michael’s Health Centre strives to positively influence the health of Albertans and those in need by working with compassion, quality and innovation. The organization is committed to serving people compassionately, with respect and integrity.
Healthy Lunch Program – Many residents at St. Michael’s Health Centre have expressed interest in continuing to volunteer in the community. These residents will be involved in preparing and delivering 75 bagged lunches to three city schools to provide young learners with at least one daily meal that they might not otherwise get.
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Crossroads Counselling Centre strives to balance emotional, physical and spiritual health through reconciliation, restoration and relevancy; ultimately to restore dignity and purpose to life.
Tackling Troubles Together aims to provide teens and their parents/guardians the resources and skills to navigate emotional and mental health issues like anxiety, depression and anger in a safe environment. Separate sessions give parents the opportunity to talk to other parents about issues their family is facing and support one another.
Hope for Hurting Hearts addresses the mental and emotional health of Aboriginal women in the community and surrounding area. Participants are provided a safe and nurturing space to share their challenges and receive support to heal from traumas such as abuse, separation, discrimination, racism and other losses. The program supports the use of techniques like meditation, mediation and mindfulness.
The Crowsnest Pass Women’s Resource Centre is a place for women to find support and information about issues they face every day. From family violence, legal disputes, questions about housing and taxes and a long list of other issues, information and assistance can be found here. The Centre also runs a thrift shop for clothing and household items.
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The Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre's food programs introduce children and parents to inexpensive, fresh, whole ingredients and supports an understanding of food basics like hygeine, nutrition and simple preparation.
The Kids First Family Centre as a whole, delivers programs that focus on the healthy development of families and children in Fort Macleod, the Blood and Kainai Reserves and the rural area surrounding Fort Macleod.
The Interfaith Food Bank has been providing access to food and services generated from within the community since 1989. It caters to those in situations raging from single-parenthood, to seniors, to the under- or unemployed and many others. In addition to providing food hampers to those in need, Interfaith Food Bank also educates members on the importance of fresh food through the Interfaith Learning Garden and offers cooking classes in the Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen.
Baby Bundle Program - Provides increased nourishment and access to resources for expectant parents. Baby bundles provide food, clothing and supplies for infants under the age of one year. They give parents the tools and resources they need to ensure a healthy home environment for their new baby.
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The Lethbridge Association for Community Living believes in a diverse, welcoming and healthy community. It advocates for and supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families so that they can live as valued citizens, free of discrimination and enjoy the rights, responsibilities and benefits of citizenship. Available resources include Strategic Future Planning for a Good Life; PLAN Network Planning, which helps families plan for the futures of loved ones with disabilities; the Family Resource Centre, and many other resources for both families and individuals.
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Safe Haven Women's Shelter Society in Taber is dedicated to helping women and children in crisis. The goal is to provide a safe place in an effort to end domestic violence. Safe haven has assisted over 100 women and over 80 children in 2016.
The Summer Day Camp program provides an opportunity for children from low-income families in the community to experience a fun summer activity and develop a sense of belonging among peers. The Day Camp program also gives children the chance to learn about the place they live by providing tours of the local police station and other community services.
The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta works toward improving the quality of life for Albertans living with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families through education, support programs, public policy and research. A variety of programs are available at the local level.
Family Support – Provides confidential support to family members, friends and caregivers of persons with schizophrenia or related disorders. Program staff provides consulting over the phone or in person, and is also available for regular family support group meetings.
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SAIPA's mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to drive change in their communities. The organization inspired people with developmental disabilities to become engaged, empowered citizens and to know they are valued members of an inclusive community.
The Self-Advocacy Workshops accomplish this mission by giving people with disabilities the skills to safely live independently, gain self-determination and self-advocacy skills and to develop leadership skills. Adults with disabilities also learn how to educate the community about the value of people with disabilities. The workshops give valuable skills to those at risk of poverty and marginalization and change community minds about acceptance and inclusion.
The Southern Alberta Self-Help Society, also known as SASHA House is dedicated to providing support services and housing to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Housing is offered for up to 24 people in three houses in the London Road community in south Lethbridge.
Recreation Program – Staff develop a monthly schedule of events through general interest, availability and affordability with the aim of reaching some interests of all SASHA residents. Clients are encouraged to use community facilities and services to take advantage of recreational opportunities.
St. John Ambulance enables Canadians to improve health, safety and quality of life by providing first aid training, CPR training and other community services. With offices in seven major centers in Alberta, and presence in 42 countries worldwide, St. John Ambulance strives to be the premier first aid training and community service organization in Canada and around the world. A variety of programs and training sessions are available at the local level.
Gift of Safety - The program makes car seats available to families who are unable to afford them for their children. This program supports families who are facing financial, mental or physical barriers and gives them the resources and knowledge to transport their children safely.
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Wood’s Homes provides the Lethbridge community with resources and services to address the critical needs of families, children and youth during times of crisis. Wood’s Homes supports vulnerable youth and can assist them in developing life skills as they make the transition into productive members of the community. At the provincial level Wood's Homes is a strong advocate for children's mental health issues.
Emergency Youth Shelter - Provides an environment safe from abuse and neglect including overnight support to homeless or near homeless youth under 18. Wood’s Homes can provide beds, 3 meals a day, showers and laundry facilities. Weekend walk-in support resources are also available.
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The Lethbridge YMCA is a place where children, youth and adults develop spirit, mind and body. They find a sense of belonging and community. Since 1910, the YMCA has been responding to Lethbridge's community needs and helping residents to develop healthy habits, build friendships and experience personal growth. A variety of health and wellness programs and classes for all ages are available.
Daycamp Nutrition Program - Proper and adequate nutrition for children and youth are crucial. Youth program directors sometimes see kids arrive for day camps or programs who have not had a healthy meal. It is difficult for these kids to fully engage and participate in activities as a result. The daycamp nutrition program makes sure that nutritious meals and snacks are available throughout the day for up to 30% of program participants who may need them.
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Youth One is a no-pressure atmosphere for youth ages 14-18 to hang out, explore new activities and make new friends during the after-school hours. Youth One focuses on the basic social needs and welfare of youth in Lethbridge. At Youth One, youth can feel safe, find assistance with a variety of life issues, develop healthy lifestyles and more.
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