Wood’s Homes was founded as an orphanage by Reverend George Wood in 1914 in Innisfail, Alberta. The Presbyterian minister agreed to care for two motherless children so their father could serve overseas. That pivotal moment was the foundation for what today is a nationally recognized and accredited children’s mental health centre helping children and their families with mild to severe emotional and behavioural mental health issues. In Lethbridge, Wood’s Homes operates an Emergency Youth Shelter providing a safe place to stay for youth with no place to go or who are in the midst of a placement breakdown either with family or other services. Recently renamed the Youth Connections: The CORE, the shelter provides private sleeping area, laundry facilities, showers, clothing and toiletries, crisis counseling, and a hot meal at supper, breakfast and a bagged lunch. Other services offered through The Emergency Youth Shelter include walk-in and resource support, family support and conflict resolution. Wood’s Homes in Lethbridge also has a Housing First Team that provides support for youth who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness, assisting them in accessing sustainable housing in Lethbridge. A third program offered at Wood’s Homes is Family Connections which provides culturally-sensitive, in-home support services to high-needs families in their homes and/or a community setting. Their Mantra is: We Never Say No, We Never Give Up, We Never Turn Anyone Away.
How The Community Can Help:
On March 24, 2018, Wood’s Homes is holding their annual Children’s Benefit Gala featuring the classic fairytale – The Little Mermaid! This unique fundraiser helps support Wood’s Homes Emergency Youth Shelter – The CORE. This program provides youth under 18 with basic necessities such as a warm bed, a hot meal, counselling and support services, as they navigate life’s challenges. By supporting this annual event, vulnerable young people have the opportunity to experience a stable, safe environment. Wood’s Homes believes that every child deserves a “Happily Ever After”, don’t you? You can help by sponsoring the event, purchasing tickets or donating to their silent and live auctions. For more information contact Coleen Campbell at 403-317-1777 ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.