Why We Exist
I was introduced to Community Links almost 10 years ago and am very grateful for their support and resources. We were fairly new to Airdrie and I was having difficulty raising three small children with a partner who had a drinking and gambling problem. The programs we accessed gave me new coping skills and my children a positive outlet during a very difficult time.
The support I received from the staff and programs helped me to leave an abusive environment and make positive steps to ensure a safe, healthy home for my children. Becoming a single parent I joined the Single Parent Support Group which gave me the opportunity to connect with others experiencing the same day to day struggles and joys. Through Community Links, my children have been given the opportunity to experience drop-in PLAY groups, youth empowerment workshops and summer camps. These have been extremely beneficial, especially for my oldest son. I truly believe that his involvement in the summer camps set him on the right path to becoming the amazing young man he is today.
Over the years, I have walked into the Community Links office overwhelmed with different circumstances in my life and the staff have helped me get focused and connected to whatever program, resource or other agency I needed (i.e. warm clothing, Mental Health support, housing, parenting). I remember one year, less than a week before Christmas, I walked through the doors having nothing. Within a few days, the staff put together a wonderful Christmas hamper for me and my children, which helped me in every way possible.
The variety of programs and events they host makes a huge difference to so many people. Being connected to Community Links helps me in raising my children to become positive, productive members of this community and I don’t know where I would be without them and their supporters. There are several times I could write about how extraordinary the staff at Community Links are and how much they have done for me and my family. I can honestly say that having Community Links as my “go to” support, I know I can face whatever challenges life brings my way and that I am not alone. Words cannot express my gratitude. (SHAWNA)
OUR HISTORY: Airdrie Family Services was formed in 1982. North Rocky View Community Resources Society was formed in 2001. In 2004, Airdrie Family Services Society and the North Rocky View Community Resource Society partnered to house North Rocky View Parent Links Centre. Now one of 55 Parent Link Centres in Alberta.
On April 1, 2008 – Airdrie Family Services Society and North Rocky View Community Resource Centre Society amalgamated to become North Rocky View Community Links Society.
On July 1, 2017 – Community Links merged the North and South Office locations. With our continued focus on health and wellness; the community is strengthened by providing “One Location” (211, 125 Main St. NW, Airdrie) where individuals and families can continue to receive support and resources creating Stronger Individuals Stronger Families Stronger Communities