Community Connections | Children And Youth, LGBTQ2S+
Wellness | Mental Health

Wood’s Homes

Wood's Homes is a nationally-recognized children's mental health centre with 40+ programs and services offered in Calgary, Strathmore, Lethbridge, Canmore and Fort McMurray.
We Never Say No. We Never Give Up. We Never Turn Anyone Away.

Our Story

Why We Exist

Before I came to Starting Points, I was struggling with my school work. I would leave class without permission. I used to have tantrums. I would cry and yell, a lot. I would do that when I didn’t get my way. I used to try really hard to avoid work. I used a lot of excuses. I pretended to be sick.

Then I came to Starting Points. They helped me with my problems. The staff helped to do my school work by doing things for me that I couldn’t do for myself. They helped me resolve my problems with my peers. I was given calm-down strategies, like “think before you say or do something.” I was taught how to ask for what I needed. I also built strong relationships with some of the staff.

Now, I spend most of my time in class, and get all of my work done. Staff hold me accountable for my actions. When something doesn’t go my way now, I don’t overreact. I’m able to accept it. When other people are mean to me, I’m able to shrug it off. When I get hurt while I’m playing, I’m able to calm down.

I am grateful for all of the help that I have gotten.


Our Impact

What We Do

We Never Say No. We Never Give Up. We Never Turn Anyone Away.

Wood’s Homes is a nationally-recognized children’s mental health centre based in Calgary, AB. We are accredited by Accreditation Canada and have twice received Exemplary Standing and 2 Leading Practice Awards. Our 500+ staff and volunteers help us provide 40+ programs and services to 20,000 children and their families every year in Calgary, Lethbridge, Strathmore and Fort McMurray.

Rich in history, we are a place of caring and trust. A place you can turn to for help when you don’t know what else to do or when you have nowhere else to turn.

Founded as an orphanage in 1914 by Reverend George Wood, Wood’s Homes is today recognized across Canada for its innovative services, some of which were the first in Canada. We are very proud of our Research Department (which began in 2001) as very few non-profits conduct their own research. Wood’s Homes is widely recognized as a knowledge and training centre in the field of children’s mental health.

Our Mission: We create and provide quality mental health services that promote and restore the well-being of children and families who struggle with problems big and small.

Our Vision: A world that values and nurtures the mental health of all people and when needed, ensures quality, timely help for all.

Check out our Annual Report for more details.

Our Programs

How We Do It

We understand and appreciate that every child or adolescent and his/her family has unique needs when it comes to treating mental health issues.

Keeping families together is a priority for Wood’s Homes – we take a family-centred approach in each of our 40+ programs. Our services are divided into six pillars – each one with several different programs and services:


Our Requests

What You Can Do

Thanks to people like you, more than 20,000 children, youth and families will access Wood’s Homes this year. Here’s how you can help:

Have something else in mind? Contact us at 403-270-1718 or [email protected]!


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