Calgary Learning Village Collaborative Report to the Community - page 17

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CLVC and schools collaborate to help families
access the support and services they need
A
family of seven, originally from Sudan, had been struggling
for two years after the father was injured at work and his WCB
claim denied. The family’s only sources of income were the
Canadian Child Tax Benefit and the mother’s student financial support
from Alberta Works.
The family had limited English language skills and was unfamiliar
with resources that might help. School staff referred them to the
CLVC Family Connectors who linked them to legal representation for
assistance with a WCB appeal process. The Family Connectors also
helped address the family’s ongoing food insecurity by linking them
to the Interfaith Food Bank, the Halal Food Bank through the Muslim
Family Society Network, and Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids who
provided three months of food stability.
The Family Connectors also helped with links to clothing supports
and health services.
The CLVC Recreation Connectors supported the family too. They
helped them register for the City of Calgary fee assistance card and
were able to provide several donated bikes. This winter two of the
children will participate in a free learn-to-skate program.
“As long as my children are happy and taken care of that’s
all that matters. I thank the Family Connectors every day
and I pray to my God for the health and safety of the
CLVC team.”
—parent
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