We at the SouthWest Community Resource Centre are here to help you and your family in any way possible.
The variety of free programs and referral services we offer to all residents of SW Calgary are life changing. Please see some of our success stories below.
- “When I first came to the SWCRC I did not have a job, they have helped me find a job and provide for myself and family.”
- “The tools have helped me manage my life better than before.”
- “They have helped me a lot especially with my new born baby.”
- “My life is way better, they have helped me find a lot of information.”
- “They have provided referrals for me. Life is much better I am very grateful and I am able to manage my stress now.”
- “The SWCRC has always made time for me, my self esteem has improved significantly. “
- “I have way less stress in my life, I now know where to go to get help. “
- “They have helped me understand my financial situation much better. “
- “When I came to the centre they were there to talk to me and help relieve stress in my life. “
- “They have helped me find a new job, things are looking up!”
- “There referral allowed me entry into Calgary Housing. The social workers were very helpful. “
- “The on-site food bank has helped me very much in dire times. “
- “Thank you for helping me arrange clothing for my new job. “
Thank you everything you do for families in Calgary! You have done so much for us from parenting courses, books, help with finances, my anxiety with family issues as a single Mom and my sons Dad with addictions and other mental health, with my mental health, just listening alot and caring, gifts, fun with my boys and other lovely ladies with children, faxing and printing and more!!!
I have so many Wonderful memories of your kind caring service to my family. I truly feel cared about. And I feel you truly care about my children and now my step daughter too!!! My kids always look forward to anything with you guys they get excited even if I just have to fax stuff cause of all the love they receive from the professionals and staff. You all make our lives more special and make us feel more special. This is one reason I never want to move out of the area. If you ever need a letter of how lovely you All are and All the services you have provided to help get funding or something I’d love to write it it would make me feel great to give back!!!! Thank you so much. But this was long so I’ll stop even though I could go on way longer with all the good and kindness and Beautiful memories we made together as a family and team.
Beautiful Debra & wonderful women of the SWCRC staff~
What a blessing this resource centre has been to me since August. With my medical and financial situation, I have felt the need for counselling. I have been praying for a door to open for something close by that I could afford. When I read about Insight Counselling being there, I called immediately and quickly booked an appointment. Not only has Nicole been a tremendous blessing to me, but you and the other amazing women who were at the centre have been such a blessing to me. Every time I enter the office, I feel such a loving and caring atmosphere.
Each woman I’ve met greets me with a warm smile and is so welcoming. What a tremendous place for women to visit. When the world is so full of animosity, there is a calm, peaceful spirit in abundance, and I can see that others, who have even more challenges in their lives than I do, would feel encouraged, empowered and be able to experience peace and hope. Thank you for having this facility in our area. It is such a gift. You are world changers and difference makers.
Love & blessings.
New Immigrant Testimonials
- I had no job, they provided referrals and support for our family. I now have a job, clothing, basic household items and a bed.
- I feel better about things, less to worry about and plenty of support. They provide help for newcomers and have friendly people that make me feel welcome.
- They provided referrals, I am very grateful and life is much better now.
Family Literacy Program Testimonial
My son, who is 4 years old, attended the Family Literacy Program. I saw a huge difference in my child before and after this program. Initially he was very shy, less social and less vocal. He would cling to me while I was attending workshops for moms in the same program. The program ran for 4 months every Thursday afternoon.
Now my son is so confident and likes to communicate with people. His English has improved ten-fold. He stays in the play area on his own and doesn’t bother where I am and lets me do my work. He is all ready now to attend Kindergarten and school. I am so glad I attended this program!
Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting Testimonial
The skills taught in this class are different from what we may have learned from our parents (i.e: physical or mental discipline). These skills are more effective in today’s environment, not just with our children but can also be applied to workplace interactions with others.
I have used the skills taught in the class and found them to be effective with my children especially with my son who has been diagnosed ADHD and OCD. The PDEP class helped me develop TRUST with my children which is critical in building a relationship with them so that they feel comfortable discussing personal and sensitive issues such as peer pressure, social media isses, etc. It also provided a road map on how to deal with lifes challenges and to be a positive role model for my children.
Practicum Student Testimonials
As a second-year social work student at Mount Royal University, I came into SWCRC with a motivated mind towards furthering my education. What I received from this non-profit agency exceeded my expectations in every possibly way. Not only are clients treated with kindness and compassion the second they walk in the door, but practicum students as well. My social work practice grew immesnsely during my time at the SWCRC as the staff were able to demonstrate what it truly means to be committed to serving clients to the highest possible standard.
My practicum at the SWCRC allowed me to thrive in a positive work environment that fostered my skills in the field of social work. Through observing client and staff interactions, I noticed the importance of incorporating strength-based practice. I learned that clients are able to recognize their inner strength and work towards reaching their full potential with the help of resources and support that the social workers give at the agency. The staff informed and demonstrated to me the importance of inclusion as they accommodated to each client’s diverse needs. The SWCRC developed my knowledge on the impact that free programs can make within families which concurrently improves the well-being of the community. Through my involvement in the Youth Tutoring Program, I witnessed the power of mentoring in action as well as the improvement in students academic endeavours.
My experience at the SWCRC contributes to my vocation towards being an ideal social worker as the staff highlight the best characteristics of the field that I aspire to hold in the future. The SWCRC is one of the many resource centres that enables vulnerable residents in Calgary to thrive which is fundamental towards enriching healthy communities. I look forward to continuing to be a part of this impact in the fall as I take on the position of Youth Tutoring Program Coordinator.