Thank you very much!
Our 5 for Humanity Fund campaign officially wrapped up on June 30, 2020. Your generous commitment to building strong families is beautiful. We are immensely grateful to be a part of your community. Through your support, we are adapting to the changing needs of Calgarians, helping them to build their resilience and hope for tomorrow. Thank you!

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Total raised as of July 12, 2020.

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Times like these make you realize that time is precious, and families are sacred. We all know life’s challenges do not stop during a pandemic; now imagine being diagnosed with cancer amidst the COVID crisis. That is precisely what happened to Unlocking Potential Foundation (UP) board member, Darren Radies. Fortunately, Darren is doing great and, following emergency surgery, has the best prognosis one could receive following a cancer diagnosis. Not surprisingly to us here at Catholic Family Service (CFS) and UP, Darren wants to take his experience and leverage it into something good for families in Calgary.

Inspired by Darren and his wife, Jocelyn, we are excited to announce the 5 for Humanity Fund for the UP Foundation, powered by Fairfield Watson, Benefits Consulting.

Darren and Jocelyn generously donated $5,000 from Darren’s critical illness insurance policy to support families in Calgary. In turn, Fairfield Watson, where Darren is a partner, has graciously matched the Radies’ contribution with a $5,000 donation of its own. In answering the question of, “Why?”, Fairfield Watson pointed to its “committed to people” mantra and its philosophy that, particularly in these challenging times, we have an obligation to take care of not only our own families, but our extended families which include clients, partner organizations, and those that are in need.

For more than 60 years, CFS has served vulnerable individuals and families from all faiths and cultures. Overnight, we have seen an alarming shift in the scope and severity of the challenges they are facing due to COVID-19. We have also experienced an increase in the number of people seeking support. Our team has been diligently evolving our current services and establishing new ones to respond to changing needs. At the same time, we have seen cuts to funding and grants, and have had to postpone our 2020 UP & Away Gala—an annual event which raised more than $350,000 last year. We need your help to ensure we can continue providing and expanding our services to build strong families.

Give Today to Make a Difference

Whether you are an individual or a corporation, if you can give $5, $50, $500 or, as the Radies family and Fairfield Watson each have, $5,000 or more, please donate now—every dollar makes a difference. Your contribution will resource CFS and UP to adapt to changing needs so we can mitigate the immediate and long-term impact on families.

Here are some of the ways CFS and UP continue to build strong families through the pandemic:

Mental Health and Well-Being

The isolation, uncertainty and economic impact of COVID-19 are exacerbating mental health concerns that may have previously been stabilized. CFS was the first organization in Calgary to make its counselling inventory available online through Rapid Access Counselling (RAC). Those early steps allowed for a seamless transition to secure online video platforms. As many Calgarians face some of their greatest hardships, individuals, couples and families can book online any time of day for a 75-minute video counselling session, often getting an appointment the same day.

Mindfulness Mondays, Instagram Live videos every Thursday evening, and online self-help resources specific to the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the other innovative ways we have adapted our service delivery to meet the needs of the community.

Empowering Parents

Blog posts and self-help articles about working at home with infants, toddlers, and school-age children during COVID-19, playtime activities, and ways to cut down spending, are enhancing our work with families and empowering parents. Our financial literacy match savings program (Youth Fair Gains) has continued despite having to complete the final sessions online. The program will culminate in an online graduation on May 1st! As a result, parents will have access to savings for their post-secondary education or their child’s RESP in the coming year.

Success in School

Our Never Too Late program missed only one class before virtual classrooms, and online learning materials were developed to support adult learners working toward their GED. Big shout out to our team of educators, tutors and social workers who have continued to remove barriers to education for our students, including finding ways to get computers in the hands of students who otherwise would not be able to get online.

Healthy Children

One of our Early Childhood Educators from Louise Dean Centre quickly adapted the Baby Tales program to be delivered through videoconferencing, allowing for ongoing community development and parent/child attachment. Our talented staff have also participated in our Instagram Live series with practical ways to support child development while isolating.

Other Ways to Give

We know that being able to make financial donations right now does not mean everything is okay. Our current individual and collective experiences are a lot to handle. Feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and stress, are all very normal, but you do not have to endure them alone. We have online resources you may find helpful here. You can also speak with a counsellor through our Rapid Access Counselling program offered by secure video conferencing technology.

If the form below isn’t loading correctly, or you have any trouble making a donation, please reach out to Tara Horsley, Interim Lead – Community Relations, at 403.205.8528 or tara.horsley@cfs-ab.org. She’ll be happy to assist you. You can also try loading the form directly by clicking this link: 5 for Humanity donation form.

Thank you for helping us support the physical and mental well-being of individuals and families now and during the challenging days that lay ahead.

Donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt.

Times like these make you realize that time is precious, and families are sacred. We all know life’s challenges do not stop during a pandemic; now imagine being diagnosed with cancer amidst the COVID crisis. That is precisely what happened to Unlocking Potential Foundation (UP) board member, Darren Radies. Fortunately, Darren is doing great and, following emergency surgery, has the best prognosis one could receive following a cancer diagnosis. Not surprisingly to us here at Catholic Family Service (CFS) and UP, Darren wants to take his experience and leverage it into something good for families in Calgary.

Inspired by Darren and his wife, Jocelyn, we are excited to announce the 5 for Humanity Fund for the UP Foundation, powered by Fairfield Watson, Benefits Consulting.

Darren and Jocelyn generously donated $5,000 from Darren’s critical illness insurance policy to support families in Calgary. In turn, Fairfield Watson, where Darren is a partner, has graciously matched the Radies’ contribution with a $5,000 donation of its own. In answering the question of, “Why?”, Fairfield Watson pointed to its “committed to people” mantra and its philosophy that, particularly in these challenging times, we have an obligation to take care of not only our own families, but our extended families which include clients, partner organizations, and those that are in need.

For more than 60 years, CFS has served vulnerable individuals and families from all faiths and cultures. Overnight, we have seen an alarming shift in the scope and severity of the challenges they are facing due to COVID-19. We have also experienced an increase in the number of people seeking support. Our team has been diligently evolving our current services and establishing new ones to respond to changing needs. At the same time, we have seen cuts to funding and grants, and have had to postpone our 2020 UP & Away Gala—an annual event which raised more than $350,000 last year. We need your help to ensure we can continue providing and expanding our services to build strong families.

Give Today to Make a Difference

Whether you are an individual or a corporation, if you can give $5, $50, $500 or, as the Radies family and Fairfield Watson each have, $5,000 or more, please donate now—every dollar makes a difference. Your contribution will resource CFS and UP to adapt to changing needs so we can mitigate the immediate and long-term impact on families.

The form below requires cookies, and depending on your privacy settings, it may not display correctly. If you can’t see it, please click here to visit the form directly. You may also contact Tara Horsley, Interim Lead – Community Relations, at 403.205.8528 or tara.horsley@cfs-ab.org for assistance with your contribution.

Thank you for helping us support the physical and mental well-being of individuals and families now and during the challenging days that lay ahead.

Donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt.

Here are some of the ways CFS and UP continue to build strong families through the pandemic:

Mental Health and Well-Being

The isolation, uncertainty and economic impact of COVID-19 are exacerbating mental health concerns that may have previously been stabilized. CFS was the first organization in Calgary to make its counselling inventory available online through Rapid Access Counselling (RAC). Those early steps allowed for a seamless transition to secure online video platforms. As many Calgarians face some of their greatest hardships, individuals, couples and families can book online any time of day for a 75-minute video counselling session, often getting an appointment the same day.

Mindfulness Mondays, Instagram Live videos every Thursday evening, and online self-help resources specific to the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the other innovative ways we have adapted our service delivery to meet the needs of the community.

Empowering Parents

Blog posts and self-help articles about working at home with infants, toddlers, and school-age children during COVID-19, playtime activities, and ways to cut down spending, are enhancing our work with families and empowering parents. Our financial literacy match savings program (Youth Fair Gains) has continued despite having to complete the final sessions online. The program will culminate in an online graduation on May 1st! As a result, parents will have access to savings for their post-secondary education or their child’s RESP in the coming year.

Success in School

Our Never Too Late program missed only one class before virtual classrooms, and online learning materials were developed to support adult learners working toward their GED. Big shout out to our team of educators, tutors and social workers who have continued to remove barriers to education for our students, including finding ways to get computers in the hands of students who otherwise would not be able to get online.

Healthy Children

One of our Early Childhood Educators from Louise Dean Centre quickly adapted the Baby Tales program to be delivered through videoconferencing, allowing for ongoing community development and parent/child attachment. Our talented staff have also participated in our Instagram Live series with practical ways to support child development while isolating.

If you are interested in donating to support with basic needs for clients directly, please consider donating to the Gift Card Challenge.

Other Ways to Give

We know that being able to make financial donations right now does not mean everything is okay. Our current individual and collective experiences are a lot to handle. Feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and stress, are all very normal, but you do not have to endure them alone. We have online resources you may find helpful here. You can also speak with a counsellor through our Rapid Access Counselling program offered by secure video conferencing technology.

Darren Radies and Family

Tony Fairfield and Family