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 the Crowsnest Pass provides after-school and critical hours programs that promote healthy development of young people in the community of Crowsnest Pass.
When The Bell Rings - Members of the community who are passionate about what they do volunteer their skills to inspire a variety of interests among youth in this after-school program. Mentors and staff work together to build lasting relationships and memorable experience for program participants.
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CNIB provides community-based support to individuals who are blind or partially sighted and strives for a barrier-free society and awareness through public education. It ensures that blind and partially sighted individuals have the confidence, skills and tools to participate in life.
Low Vision Program – Enables blind and partially sighted Canadians to live independently and lead the lives they want. A range of services are offered at no cost in both one-on-one and group settings.
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 Pre-K Home Visit Program provides home visits targeted to families with pre-school and kindergarten-aged children to increase literacy development before they begin school. Program facilitators support families who may be challenged with accessing centralized services due to income or transportation issues.
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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Foothills SNAPS provides support, education, and information to families who are living with or are connected to someone with special needs, in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Foothills SNAPS works with families and communities to connect them to the right resources.
Based in High River, Foothills SNAPS is now also offering supports in the Claresholm area.
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.
Inclusion Lethbridge 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 Managed Resource Centre, and many other resources for both families and individuals.
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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 Food Bank was founded and established in 1982, to serve Lethbridge and surrounding area with access to healthy food options. The Lethbridge Food Bank is part of a vibrant community to ensure a food security resource for families in need, and as a non-profit organization, depends on donations from individuals and businesses.
The MS Society offers a variety of programs to help people affected by multiple sclerosis effectively manage and cope with the disease. MS can be quite challenging at times, but through the support offered by the MS Society, no one has to face these challenges on their own.
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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Youth Of Tomorrow empowers youth ages 13-18 to develop a sense of belonging in the community. Teen have access to self-development resources, homework support, and leadership opportunities. The Station offers a welcoming environment for teens to hang out, socialize, plan fundraising events, find support and mentors.
AY – Amazing Youth in Lethbridge's north brings youth together during critical after-school hours from 3-6pm. Program directors provide adult intervention when youth display abusive or aggressive behaviours.. Youth learn to recognize these behaviours, understand their reactions and formulate better responses. Youth learn leadership, teamwork, respect, self-confidence and a sense of belonging in their community.
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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