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Aminata's Story
News Posted On Oct 01, 2021

Aminata's Story

“It’s all about love,” believes Aminata. Love and culture - the driving forces that put Aminata’s two grandchildren into her care. “We have a parable that we say in our language, "There is no bad bush to put your kid away because of their bad…

Jessica's Story
News Posted On Aug 01, 2021

Jessica's Story

At the very young age of fifteen, Jessica was exposed to significant trauma. After being sexually assaulted, she resorted to drugs, alcohol, and self-harm. Jessica tried counselling and medication. Yet, nothing could take away her depression, anxiety,…

Calvin's Story
News Posted On Jun 29, 2021

Calvin's Story

Calvin’s love for his daughters gave him the courage to hold his family together as a single parent. His daughters were put into care because their mother struggled with addiction and unhealthy relationships. When Calvin heard the news, he was living…

JJ's Story
News Posted On May 01, 2021

JJ's Story

As a Success Coach, part of my role is to support students in developing healthy boundaries. This is something that JJ and I worked on extensively. When I first met JJ, they would leave class on a daily basis to seek support from me around peer relationships.…

International Women's Day Success Stories
News Posted On Mar 08, 2021

International Women's Day Success Stories

Today, on International Women's Day, we celebrate the achievements of these strong women who shared with us how they made positive changes in their lives.   Trista's and Angela's Story Trista was shocked the day her oldest sister called her from prison.…

Trista's and Angela's Story
News Posted On Mar 01, 2021

Trista's and Angela's Story

Trista was shocked the day her oldest sister called her from prison. She asked Trista to care for her baby, Briella, when she would be born. “I knew that Briella would be taken, and my sister would be sent back to the prison after she gave birth. So,…

Joan's Story
News Posted On Feb 01, 2021

Joan's Story

Colleen is one of our community Roots and Wings workers. She was introduced to a family and met with Joan, a single mother struggling with her two sons. Joan described her oldest son Greg, 13-years-old, as often angry and violent. She worried about Matt,…

Crystal's Story
News Posted On Jan 01, 2021

Crystal's Story

Crystal was caring for her grandchildren when her world turned upside down. She had been sober for sixteen years but was accused of using drugs and alcohol. The next day her grandchildren were taken into care. Nobody believed Crystal and the pain turned…

Wendy's Story
News Posted On Nov 04, 2020

Wendy's Story

Building a life in Edmonton wasn’t easy for Wendy, a Kenyan refugee. Being isolated from friends and family and raising five children without support was overwhelming. Knowing very little English, Wendy did not have the means to advocate for herself.…

Blue's Story
News Posted On Oct 01, 2020

Blue's Story

When Blue was in the fifth grade, she and her mother, Emily, moved to the Spruce Avenue community. It wasn’t easy for her to leave her current school as she didn’t get to see her friends as often as she had hoped. Blue recalls that time as “tough”…

Katelynn's Story
News Posted On Sep 01, 2020

Katelynn's Story

Katelynn became familiar with the All In For Youth program while in Junior High school. Having had a good experience, she chose to attend Eastglen High school to access the program. She joined the head start to high school summer camp before school…

Jessica's Story
News Posted On Aug 01, 2020

Jessica's Story

Two days before her eleventh birthday, Jessica’s father passed away in a motorcycle accident. Then five years later, her mother succumbed to brain cancer. Her mother was diagnosed when Jessica was three and was sick for thirteen years. Jessica was…

Nataz's Story
News Posted On Jul 01, 2020

Nataz's Story

At the age of seventeen, Nataz was transitioning out of foster care and into her own place. Feeling bright-eyed, she was ready to take on any opportunity that was presented to her. A few years later, her social worker introduced her to Natasha, a youth…

Ivor Dent Parent Group
News Posted On Feb 29, 2020

Ivor Dent Parent Group

Like children, parents also need support. A parent coffee group at Ivor Dent — a kindergarten to grade 9 school in East Edmonton — aims to be that parental sanctuary. Elaine Neher, a Roots and Wings Worker with The Family Centre, hosts the group…

Susanne’s Story
News Posted On Feb 24, 2020

Susanne’s Story

Susanne moved to Alberta from New Brunswick in search of a better life. “I was really struggling with life itself, not knowing why—I was just having a hard time doing day-to-day functions,” says Susanne. “I couldn’t get help at home in New…

Mary's Story
News Posted On Dec 30, 2019

Mary's Story

Mary was but one of the people drastically affected by the Fort McMurray forest fires. She lost her job that supported her and her stay-at-home husband in Edmonton. Mary was then forced back to Edmonton, a city she was not familiar with. Shortly after…

Trevor’s Story
News Posted On Nov 22, 2019

Trevor’s Story

Vince and Leona had last seen their grandson Trevor when he was 12 years old and visiting them in Ontario during a summer break. After that visit, Vince and Leona had tried to keep in touch with their grandson in Edmonton through Skype. Each time they…

Leanne's Story
News Posted On Nov 12, 2019

Leanne's Story

Leanne's daughter struggled with her mental health which led to drug addiction and criminal offences. Being in and out of jail, she lost guardianship of her children. Right away, Leanne knew that she wanted to care for her two grandchildren. However,…

Ainsley's Story
News Posted On Aug 27, 2019

Ainsley's Story

Ainsley, a burly and tough security guard, found out how strong he truly was after joining Strive. At first, Ainsley was hesitant to join the therapeutic group for men recommended by his mental health therapist. He didn’t feel comfortable opening up…

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