Making it possible for people and community to be strong and healthy

Did you know…

…that feeling a personal sense of wellbeing and connection to our community can affect us all?

Any one of us is impacted by an unexpected crisis each and every day.  By supporting programs that help in times of crisis and those that assist residents to live independently, we are helping to impact the wellbeing of people in our community.

How we are supporting change

We have made three-year grants available to enable more stability for programs.

We have invested in 18 programs

We have launched the 211 networkWhere help is just a click away!

We partnered to host an event for Clara’s Big Ride, promoting mental health in our community.

We have promoted the importance of wellbeing in our newsletter and through our social media.

Making a difference

Suddenly, overnight, Larry became a single parent to his two children when his wife became critically ill and was hospitalized for 14 months.  With a job that requires long hours Larry registered Blaine (age 4) in the Generations Daycare Program and Kim (age 8) in the Bashaw Out of School Program.  These vital services enabled Larry to retain his employment amid the chaos of his altered life.  The Bashaw Food Bank assisted with meals when having one income instead of two stretched their budget.  Counseling Services (Family Wellness Program) provided individual and family counselling at no cost to assist the family in adjusting to these monumental changes to their family unit and to cope with the emotional effects.  Traditionally, counselling services are 30-45 minutes away if a family needs to go out of our community to obtain them.  Children who attend in town miss less hours of school time per session when consistency in routines is so vital to their emotional wellbeing and sense of normalcy.

Larry grew stronger in his abilities to carry out effective parenting responsibilities.  These were never his when he had a healthy wife at home.  He was able to provide as much stability for his family as possible.  The children continued to thrive in their home and school settings and have built the skills of resilience needed to cope with life changes.

Funded programs

Association of Communities Against Abuse is dedicated to the prevention of emotional, physical and sexual childhood abuse, and promotes safe, healthy and well-functioning children, families and communities in east Central Alberta.

  • Childhood Abuse Treatment
  • Preventative Education

Bashaw & District Support Services provides home support for assistance to people with disabilities or seniors still in their own homes and family wellness programs to support children from birth to 18 years of age and their families.  Website:  N/A

  • Home Support

Canadian Mental Health Association promotes mental health/wellness and supports people with mental illness and brain injury through education, advocacy and community partnership.

  • Wellness Education

Catholic Social Services – provides individual and family counselling sessions that deal with a variety of issues that may include but are not limited to communication, grief, depression, blended family issues, self-esteem and couples issues.

  • Individual and Family Counselling

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre – provide compassionate support and education for individuals and families impacted by unexpected pregnancy and related issues.

  • Maternity Home Program

Central Alberta’s Safe Harbour Society for Health & Housing –serves the homeless individuals who identify the desire to actively work on their recovery from addiction, providing housing and support.

  • MIH-CET NATAW-HO AKOHPA or Many Healing Blankets Program


cnib – provides clients who are blind or partially sighted with not only the skills, but the knowledge and confidence to fully participate in life, coping with emotions that may become a barrier and learning to live more independently.

  • Complete Vision Mates

Domestic Relationship Violence Initiative Committee – working together to support a proactive, coordinated and effective response to domestic violence.

  • Coordinator

Epilepsy Association  – provides counseling, support programs and community education to individuals affected by epilepsy in Central Alberta.

  • Client Support and Education

Family Services of Central Alberta – provide counselling services

  • Counselling Services

Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre –serves to promote independent healthy lifestyles for older adults in Red Deer and the surrounding community.

  • Outreach Program

Red Deer Meals on Wheels delivers a hot, nutritious noon day meal to those having difficulty preparing food or those having difficulty getting out obtaining food.

  • Meals Program

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta provides support and recovery focused programming to those living with schizophrenia and their loved ones in Red Deer and surrounding communities.

  • Community Education
  • Peer Support Program

Shalom Counselling – provide counselling services

  • Building Resiliency and Wellness in Individuals and Families

Spinal Cord Injury Association – provides assistance to persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.

  • Community Development & Systemic Change / Rehabilitation Support and Service Coordination

Turning Point is the local charity responsible for HIV prevention and support in Central Alberta through harm reduction, health promotion and supportive environments.

  • Harm Reduction & Rural Program