Wood’s Homes began as an orphanage in 1914 when a soldier about to head overseas stopped George Wood, a Presbyterian minister, on a street in Innisfail, Alberta to ask if he would consider caring for his two motherless children. George Wood agreed. Sadly, the soldier did not return but that pivotal moment became the foundation for what today has become a social service agency that serves 20,000 vulnerable children and their families every year.
Wood’s Homes is an accredited children’s mental health centre that has been based in Calgary since 1925 and is one of Alberta’s longest operating charities. With a staff complement of 400, Wood’s Homes provides over 30 programs and services for at-risk children, youth and their families in the communities of Calgary, Canmore, Lethbridge, Strathmore, Fort McMurray and Fort Smith.
Wood’s Homes is recognized locally and across Canada for its innovative services. It is a place of trust, where all young people and their families, regardless of the challenge, can turn to for help. Families are the backbone of a community. When families are in trouble, children suffer. Helping young people reach adulthood, achieve their potential and become productive members of the community must be one of society’s top priorities.
The Wood’s Homes Foundation supports the mission and values of Wood’s Homes by identifying, qualifying, soliciting, reporting to, and stewarding donors to programs, capital campaigns and fundraising events. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
To learn more about Wood’s Homes Foundation visit their website.