Calgary Learning Village Collaborative Report to the Community - page 11

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CLVC Connectors help in so many ways
T
he CLVC began working with a single mother of two when
she was introduced to the Family Connectors by a principal at
a school function.
The family had just immigrated to Canada as refugees. They were
nearing the end of their government funding and knew very little
about the community supports available to assist them in adapting to
their new life in Canada.
With the assistance of the Family Connector advocating on behalf of
the mother, assisting with forms and completing referrals, the family
received affordable housing through Calgary Housing and furniture
for their new apartment.
The Family Connector also helped the mother to register for English
language classes. In addition, she completed an employment program
through a newcomer agency that helped her to find full-time work to
support her family.
The Family Connector also partnered with the family’s school to help
them register for in-home support, and access the ETHOS program for
survivors of torture and the Bridges after school program to assist with
the behavioural and learning needs of the children.
The Recreation Connectors also became involved with the family and
assisted them in receiving fee assistance and subsidies that allowed the
children to attend summer camp for the first time. It was also through
the Recreation Connectors that the family learned about the programs
offered in Family Place and, as a result, they have attended several
workshops and after school programs.
“The programs I took through the CLVC taught me how to
relate to my son’s difficult behaviour. He would not be where
he is today if I had not learned those skills.”
—participant
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