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Three year study leads to Fathers Moving Forward – a reflection on how we got here.

Catholic Family Service released the findings of a three year study titled: Fathers Moving Forward June 2019 at a private event in downtown Calgary. Fathers Moving Forward is a program for fathers aged 16 to 26 provided by Catholic Family Service at the Louise Dean Centre for pregnant and parenting teens. Developed and piloted in [...]

2020-02-03T21:08:34+00:00June 28th, 2019|Parenting, News|Comments Off on Three year study leads to Fathers Moving Forward – a reflection on how we got here.

Sponsor a Young Family at Christmas

It’s that time of year again! Planning is underway for the Santa Sleigh Project at Louise Dean Centre and we need your help. The Santa Sleigh Project is a tradition that has brought joy to young moms celebrating Christmas with their babies and families for a number of years. This year, we have redesigned the [...]

2018-11-14T16:54:03+00:00November 14th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Sponsor a Young Family at Christmas

Birdies for Kids Raises $64,000 for Teen Mothers and their Children

Photo Caption: (l-r) Helen Colbourne, Principal, Louise Dean Centre; Mike Theroux, Board Chair, Catholic Family Service; Sherry Hiebert-Keck, Managing Director, Catholic Family Service at Louise Dean Centre; Victoria Murray, Birdies for Kids Coordinator; Dianne Yee, Area 4 Director, Calgary Board of Education Teen mothers at Louise Dean Centre will continue to have access to delicious, [...]

2018-11-07T17:31:52+00:00November 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Birdies for Kids Raises $64,000 for Teen Mothers and their Children

Scholarships Help Young Mothers Pursue Education

Catholic Family Service and the Unlocking Potential (UP) Foundation are guided by the belief that education is a route out of poverty for many of the people we serve. We are grateful for valued partnerships that allow us to award scholarships each year to graduates of Louise Dean Centre: young mothers who often face [...]

2018-07-11T15:47:27+00:00July 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Scholarships Help Young Mothers Pursue Education

Program Helps Teen Moms Save for the Future

Teen mothers in Catholic Family Service’s Youth Fair Gains program graduated May 12 with new financial planning skills and – best of all – money in the bank. The students will complete the program with up to $400 in savings. Their savings will be matched 4:1, so the students can end up with an additional [...]

2017-05-27T05:24:00+00:00May 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Program Helps Teen Moms Save for the Future

Pageant Contestant Mentors Young Moms

Ashley Jette has found a unique way to advocate for young women who – like her biological grandmother – become pregnant under difficult circumstances. A volunteer with Catholic Family Service’s Motherhood Matters program, Ashley will focus on “providing support to young mothers who are confronted with great challenges” as she represents Canada in the 2017 [...]

2017-05-27T05:24:00+00:00January 17th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Pageant Contestant Mentors Young Moms

Former Teen Mom Gives Back at Christmas

Thank you to Elisa Revoy for sharing her story with us after participating in the 2016 Santa Sleigh Project at Louise Dean Centre. I got pregnant at 16. A few months after my seventeenth birthday, I had a little boy named Dominick. Being so young and having a tiny baby to care for was terrifying. [...]

2017-05-27T05:24:03+00:00December 19th, 2016|Parenting|Comments Off on Former Teen Mom Gives Back at Christmas

Giving the Gift of Your Time and Talents

By Ellyse Lambie, Volunteer Coordinator, Catholic Family Service In a city where many are experiencing layoffs and joblessness, the stress and anxiety that may come with the holidays is compounded by a struggling economy. More than ever, maintaining a budget for the holidays will be important for many families in our community. How can one [...]

2017-05-27T05:24:03+00:00November 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Giving the Gift of Your Time and Talents