Some people just go above and beyond.

Case in point. Rae Rankin, a former participant in the Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program at St. Isabella School, loved the program so much that she accepted a volunteer position as F&ST Parent Partner.

That role led to a career opportunity – she now works at Catholic Family Service as F&ST Parent Liaison.

Always looking for a chance to spread the word about F&ST, she shared her Success Story on our website and helped with our 2017 direct mail fundraising campaign by sharing how much F&ST has impacted her family.

“I’m blown away about how much I’ve grown as a person,” Rae said. “This role has pulled me out of my shell. My communication skills and confidence have doubled – it’s crazy!”

Recently, Rae took the skills she learned through F&ST and invested them into her neighbourhood. She helped establish Copperfield Helping Hands, a Facebook group that looks for opportunities to support families living in this southeast Calgary suburb.

“It all stemmed from the relationships with other families that I developed during the nine weeks of F&ST,” Rae said. “Over the past five years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of my neighbours. My reach is really big in Copperfield right now.”

The mission of Copperfield Helping Hands is to build a strong community full of strong families.

“It’s amazing how many people I’ve met in Copperfield who are struggling. I want to bring a small town feeling back to the neighbourhood.”

Right now, the volunteer group is busily filling Christmas hampers for “adopted families” in the community. Neighbours are stepping up to fill these hampers. It’s all about neighbours helping neighbours, says Rae.

“I keep going back to what Catholic Family Service does to build strong families. At this organization, it’s more than just a job. They care about you as an individual. I want the people of Copperfield to have the resources I have gained by working at CFS.”

Since 1996, Catholic Family Service has been connecting families with their schools and communities through the Families & Schools Together program (F&ST). F&ST is a world-renowned family skills program that supports each member of the family to be the best they can be – at home, at school and in the community.