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Childcare

Childcare resources and services in Lethbridge
Boys and Girls Club Lethbridge

Boys & Girls Club

Kinder South is a before and after school program for children attending kindergarten at Agnes Davidson School. Care is available before and after school, school holidays and professional development days. Children are offered a variety of engaging activities, a healthy snack twice per day, and off-site trips.
childrens house

Children’s House

Children’s House understands that each family has unique strengths, desires and expectations for their children, and we strive to incorporate these needs into the programs that we offer.

Where the Wild Things Grow

Where The Wild Things Grow Early Learning Centre

We are a play-based centre located in West Lethbridge right across from Nicholas Sheran Park. We are a small centre with a capacity of 50 children; this allows our staff to build relationships with all of the children and their families. Each day we send a daily report with photos of your child throughout the day. Parents are also sent planning and newsletters via email.

Sunny South Day Care

Sunny South Day Care

Sunny South Day Care is a licensed and accredited early learning program! We are the answer to those families looking for attentive, reliable, consistent, and professional Early Education Teachers. We provide care to families with children between 3 months and 5 years of age from Lethbridge and surrounding areas.

Lethbridge College

Hands On Early Learning Center (Lethbridge College)

Our philosophy is learning through play. We believe that children learn best through play, and we structure the day to allow for opportunities for both self-directed and teacher-guided learning. It’s a practice of relationships between children, families and educators, where educators and children are co-learners, co-researchers and co-imaginers. Child care subsidies are available through the Government of Alberta child care subsidy.

Family & Parenting

Family and parenting services with resources in Lethbridge

Family Centre

Family Centre

UPDATE: COVID-19 Response: To help the government of Alberta stopping the spread of COVID-19 and to keep Family Centre’s employees and all Albertans safe, Family Centre will be closed to the public as of March 30, 2020. Family Centre will continue serving the community. Here is a list of how to access these services:
Information & Referral – call us if you have any questions or concerns, and we will support you to connect with the services you need (call 403-320-4232).
Play and Stay programming is available online (Family Centre’s Facebook page and the Family Centre’s website: www.famcentre.ca).
Parent Support via Zoom sessions, skype, and over the phone (call 403-320-4232 ext. 240).
Family Support via Zoom sessions and online videos on Facebook and Family Centre’s website: www.famcentre.ca

Parents as Teachers

South Region Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers is an innovative, evidence-based model using the best research available on child development to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Parents as Teachers model-certified home visitors deliver four components of a cohesive package of services designed to identify and build on family strengths, capabilities and skills and build protective factors within the family.

Family Ties

Family Ties

Family Ties Association helps families, youth and children to become more independent and successful in their lives. Family Ties provides trained and dedicated staff who work in partnership with other professionals to promote individuals and families’ well-being. We are a non-profit, nationally accredited agency providing services to children and families of Southern Alberta since 1990.

Opokaasin Early Intervention Society

Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society

An Aboriginal child and family organization designed to provide essential child development and support services to aboriginal children, youth and Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Lethbridge Early Years Coalition

Lethbridge Early Years Coalition

LEYC is made up of organizations, agencies and community members who are passionate about seeing children have a great start in life and the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Food & Food Resources

Food services and resources in Lethbridge
Lethbridge Food Bank

Lethbridge Food Bank

Since 1982 the Lethbridge Food Bank has been proudly operated in Lethbridge and serving the surrounding area with a “food share” program. The Food Bank is an important part of a vibrant community to ensure a food security resource for families in need. Located at 1016 2nd Ave S, the Lethbridge Food Bank provides food hampers, bread, protein and produce to individuals and families in need. 

Interfaith Food Bank

Interfaith Food Bank

Interfaith Food Bank is committed to recognizing the human dignity of those in need and providing food and access to services and resources generated from within our community.

We cater to those in various situations, ranging from single-parenthood, to seniors on fixed incomes, to the under or unemployed, or to those with other social or economic barriers. We have been providing emergency food services to citizens of Lethbridge and area since 1989. Since then, we have grown exponentially as the community recognizes, assesses and attempts to satisfy the needs of those in crisis.

Lethbridge Soup Kitchen

Lethbridge Soup Kitchen

Meals are prepared and served almost entirely by volunteer church groups. Hot meals are served Monday through Saturday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.
Lethbridge College Students' Association

Lethbridge College Students' Association Food Bank

The LCSA Food Bank was started in 1994 to meet the growing need of hungry students on campus. The Students’ Association is responsible for the operation and supports the Foodbank through monetary donations and food drives. The Food Bank is always looking for donations and volunteers for food drives. If you have non-perishable food or time to give, we would really appreciate it.

My City Care

MyCityCare

During the Coronavirus outbreak, MyCityCare is working to provide emergency food hampers, clothing, and access to essentials such as basic household essentials and infant supplies (while supplies last)

MyCityCare is an initiative developed by MyVictory Church to resource the community in food and water, housing, clothing, healthcare and social justice to give people a hand for a hope-filled future.

Group Care/Group Living

Group and supportive living services with resources in Lethbridge

Quest Support

Quest Support Services

Since 1993, Quest has been providing quality supports to people with disabilities in Southern Alberta. The LIVING Program at Quest helps develop and foster relationships within the home and community. This program collaborates with individuals, families, and community members to provide quality support to people in their own home or a shared home.

The LIVING program offers support to over 60 people in various settings which include: 1:1 complex settings, shared 24/7 staffed arrangements, and roommate companion arrangements.

DaCapo Disability Services - Community Living Services

Supports are provided to individuals in a variety of community living arrangements. Levels of support vary and are developed to build on and increase existing skill levels while maximizing independence, well-being and connection to their community.

Services are divided into independent living arrangements, contracted arrangements and respite services.

catalyst

Catalyst

​Catalyst is a socially innovative project to address the issue of unemployment and underemployment for marginalized groups. Employers, underemployed individuals and the community are the benefactors of our service.
“No two employment paths the same.” Although we do not lay out the trajectory of our services in advance, our primary objectives are threefold:
increase the confidence of job explorers by focusing on strengths rather than deficits, provide diversity and inclusion consulting, specializing in recruitment to employers who are interested in exploring the business value in diversifying their workforces
facilitate employer/ employee matches based on business needs and employee skills.

sasha

SASHA

Our mission is to promote the independence of persons with mental illness utilizing transitional and long-term housing through supportive programs and activities.

SASH

Southern Alberta Society for the Handicapped (SASH)

SASH’s vision is to work with the community to open doors to an environment where persons with developmental disabilities can reach their full potential. SASH’s mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of persons with developmental disabilities within a family environment through Community Access and Home Living supports. Sash offers support and services that affirm individual dignity, rights, and responsibilities and provide opportunities to enhance life skills.

Housing/Shelter

Affordable housing, shelters, and housing subsidies in Lethbridge

Alpha House

Alpha House

Alpha House Society is a non-profit, charitable agency that provides safe and caring environments for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies. The Lethbridge Stabilization Centre and Shelter provides a dedicated and tailored program to meet individuals’ unique needs under the influence of substances. The program follows a harm reduction, withdrawal management and relationship-focused model.

YWCA Lethbridge

YWCA Harbour House

Opened in 1981, YWCA Harbour House is a 24-bed crisis unit for women and children involved in abusive intimate partner relationships. Abuse may be physical, emotional or sexual violence.

Families are provided accommodations for a maximum of 21 days, with staff available for counselling and support 24 hours-a-day. Education sessions on the impact of family violence on children, the cycle and dynamics of violence, and safety planning are available for all clients.

Wood's Homes

Wood's Homes Youth Connections: The CORE

A short term safe place to stay for youth 17 or younger: The CORE Emergency Youth Shelter is operational, but we have temporarily decreased capacity to serve 4 youth. We are currently carefully assessing any potential intakes and dealing with youth and situations on a case-by-case basis. We are working to divert shelter use if possible, by offering remote supports and essential needs to families by utilizing our FSC.

Emergency Supplies

Clothing, food, and emergency supplies with resources in Lethbridge

Streets Alive

Streets Alive - P.I.N. Bank

The P.I.N. Bank (which stands for People In Need) not only supplies clothing to people in need, it provides another tool where we can get to know people.

The PIN is the workhorse of the Mission and gives our clients a much-needed sanctuary to briefly escape life on the streets and have the opportunity to relax and find clothes that not only will suit their needs but their personality as well.

Sage Clan

SAGE Clan

SAGE is a community patrol that specializes in helping the homeless and those suffering from addiction. We primarily patrol at nights and provide lunches, snacks, water, and a person to talk to. People of all walks of life and abilities are welcome.
Salvation Army

The Salvation Army - Community & Family Services

Emergency resources for persons in need.

Vouchers and referrals for clothing, household items, furniture. (VOUCHERS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE). We offer extras of bakery items, food items, laundry soap, diapers, etc., when available.

Lethbridge Pregnancy Centre

Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre - Practical Support Services

We can help out with baby and maternity clothes and diapers/wipes/formula (as we have them available) to those who are struggling financially during these difficult times.

For those that decide to carry their pregnancy to term, there can be a lot of things you suddenly need to figure out and that can be really hard. The LPCC wants to provide support, and the clothing room is one practical way to do that.

My City Care

MyCityCare - Hygiene Kits

Provides free hygiene kits for the community.

Mental Health

Service listings with resources related to mental health in Lethbridge

CMHA Lethbridge

CMHA

Supporting individuals, groups and committees to enhance their mental wellness and to advocate for those coping with mental illness through the provision of public and professional education, social action, advocacy and direct service delivery. Services include crisis services, youth programs, housing facilities, peer support, information services, housing first services, recreation, leisure, and social support.

Lethbridge Institute of Family Therapy

Lethbridge Institute of Family Therapy

We are a multi-practitioner private practice offering counselling services to individuals, children/youth, families, and couples. Our team of highly trained therapists brings expertise and interest in addiction theory, family systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and Existential Therapy. Ultimately, what helps people the most in therapy is the connection they feel with their therapist. Our team works diligently to constantly improve and deepen the therapeutic connection with clients to occur more significantly and permanently.

Lethbridge Counselling Services

Lethbridge Counselling Services

We provide professional counselling services by licensed mental health professionals. Offering services to children, teens, adults, couples and families. Evening and Saturday appointments are available.

Schizphrenia Society

Schizophrenia Society

We’re here to walk with you on your journey. We provide peer-led support and are combatting stigma through community education.
McMan

McMan Youth, Family & Community Services Association

McMan provides a wide range of services for youth, families and adults across southern Alberta. We take pride in being a responsive and innovative agency that truly “steps up” to help lift people out of their social conditions to their best life possible.

Addictions & Recovery

Addictions, recovery, and support services in Lethbridge

Alberta Health Services

Lethbridge Provincial Building - Addiction Services

Community out-patient-based adult counselling for individuals and families with the provision of education and prevention for substance use and misuse, including alcohol, other drugs, tobacco and gambling.

Streets Alive

Streets Alive Mission

Streets Alive Mission has always focused on providing programs that aim to help lift people out of poverty.

One large issue that keeps many people in the cycle of poverty is addiction.

In response to the need, Streets Alive Mission has developed several programs that focus on life recovery and returning individuals to wholeness.

Prairie Treatment Clinic

Prairie Treatment Clinic

Prairie Treatment Clinic offers opiate replacement therapy, including methadone and suboxone for individuals struggling with opiate addiction. Our team of physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, counsellors and administrative staff work together to provide safe, supportive and confidential care for our patients.

ACT Medical Centre

ACT Medical Centre

ACT Medical is a not-for-profit organization operating five opiate addiction clinics in Alberta.
Smart Recovery

SMART Recovery

Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (drugs, alcohol, or activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®.

Education & Training

Education and training programs in Lethbridge

Reeves College

Reeves College

Over the years, we’ve developed and maintained close relationships with the business and health care communities to ensure our curriculum is in sync with marketplace demands. Our graduates leave us equipped with the skills to be successful in their careers.

We also like to keep our class sizes smaller than other colleges, usually between 10 and 25 students at a time. Smaller classes allow more one-on-one instruction for students, thereby enhancing the quality of their education.

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College

The campus is a warm, friendly, fun place to study, live and learn, and there is always something happening.

We teach the right stuff, with courses and programs that are hands-on, engaging, immersive and good at preparing you for the actual workforce. We have great facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, and a lot of that southern Alberta sunshine whenever possible. We hire instructors who are outstanding teachers but also have real-world experience in the fields they teach. And our students and staff contribute to projects that strengthen our campus and improve lives in our community.

Training Inc.

Training Inc. Vocational School

At Training Inc., our mission is to enhance the lives of our clients through life-long learning. Human growth and development are the focus of our activities. We are committed to honesty, excellence, creativity, integrity, and service to our community.
SAAMIS

Saamis Aboriginal Training & Employment Association

Our vision is that all Metis and First Nations People will have pride in their heritage and have equal opportunity to pursue their goals, hopes, and dreams. By giving you effective job marketing techniques, interview coaching, resume/cover letter coaching, employment counselling, and so much more. We give every opportunity in our power to those who need it to bring out their true potential. Through this, we achieve employment self-sufficiency by working in collaboration with our community and external partners to facilitate quality career and employment opportunities in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.

Frontier College

Frontier College

Frontier College is a national literacy organization. We believe literacy is a right. We work with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society. In Lethbridge, Frontier College runs programs for children, youth, and adults.

Recreation/Activities

Recreational activities and services in Lethbridge
City of Lethbridge

City of Lethbridge

The City of Lethbridge has a Recreational and Culture Fee Assistance Program available to low-income individuals and families of all ages, who reside in Lethbridge to help with the cost of participating in recreational, sport, arts, and cultural activities. Information about other programs such as Jumpstart and Kidsport (youth only for these two) is available. Everything is by appointment only – no drop-ins please.

Lethbridge Sport Council

Lethbridge Sport Council

Individual organizations may offer assistance with fees and equipment along with their own fundraising opportunities that can reduce costs. Inquiries should be made to the organization regarding assistance to participate and/or fundraising to decrease fees.


Financial Assistance for Registration Fees
-KidSport Lethbridge/Taber
-Canadian Tire Jumpstart
-City of Lethbridge Fee Assistance Program


Sport Equipment
-Comrie’s Sport Bank, Calgary KidSport
-Canadian Tire Jumpstart
-sport-specific Facebook Groups


Free Programs
Lethbridge Roving Gyms are free, inclusive play spaces for children five and under and their parents or caregivers. The program nurtures physical literacy, the love of movement and provides an environment for families to connect.

Canadian Yoga Institute

Canadian Yoga Institute

The Canadian Yoga Institute is a non-profit charitable organization, reaching many people in our community with the gift of yoga. Many thanks to resources donated by numerable local businesses, and a few Grants from Alberta Sport & Recreation, TransCanada Pipeline, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Alberta Community Development, and the countless volunteer hours from individuals who all had a hand in creating this lovely refuge for our community.

CYI is proud to team up with many different community groups and charities throughout the year and offer karma yoga classes, like Toys for Tots, making connections and partnerships with both Lethbridge Food Banks.

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College - Recreation Services

The Val Matteotti gymnasium is comprised of three full-size gymnasiums and seats up to 2,000 people. It’s the heart of Recreation Services and is home to major collegiate and community sporting events throughout the year. We also have:
– fitness centre
– two international squash courts
– two interchangeable racquetball/squash courts
– fitness-testing centre
– dance studio
– steam rooms
All of this and more is available to students, staff and the community. So what are you waiting for?
Chinook Arch

Chinook Arch Regional Library System

Chinook Arch Regional Library System was formed in 1992, and today it includes 33 libraries in 41 member municipalities across southern Alberta, on traditional Blackfoot territory.

Volunteering

Opportunities for volunteering in Lethbridge
Volunteer Lethbridge

Volunteer Lethbridge

Volunteer Lethbridge builds connections and empowers individuals and organizations to enhance volunteerism and grow volunteer capacity.
Lethbridge Family Services

LFS - Community Connections Volunteer Program

The Community Connections Volunteer Program (CCVP) connects newcomers with the community through networking and other activities that support cross-cultural awareness and informal language learning. By matching singles or families with volunteers, newcomers receive welcome support during initial adjustment to their new life in Canada. Opportunities are open for newcomers as well as new volunteers.
Big Brother Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters

We are a non-profit organization that facilitates, monitors and supports mentoring relationships for children aged 6-16. Our programs continuously evolve to meet the needs of the communities we serve but are always offered free of charge to clients. All matches are based on compatibility, as our goal is to ensure relationships are safe, healthy and happy.

Youth One

Youth One

Many times volunteering can seem like a daunting and frustrating task. We get it. You want an amazing community. You want an exciting role in a cause bigger than yourself. You want to know you’re making a difference. That’s why Youth One has created a team culture that covers all 3 of these things. When you join our team you become a significant contributor to the mission of Youth One. So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Canada brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners, local Habitats in every province and territory help build and rehabilitate safe, decent and affordable homes, including single-family and multi-unit houses.

Seniors

Services and resources for seniors in Lethbridge
LSCO

LSCO

A multipurpose senior centre where older persons as individuals or in groups can come together for services, activities and sociability. Programs and services include travel, art, fitness, cards and games, dining room, classes, transportation, snow removal, and lawn care.
Nord Bridge

Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre

The Mission of Nord-Bridge is to provide educational, social, and support service programs for Senior Citizens. We help them foster independence, self-worth, and a sense of community pride amongst the senior citizen population of Lethbridge and surrounding communities.

Lethbridge Family Services

LFS - Seniors Community Access Services

Seniors Community Access Services assist individuals in developing and maintaining skills and relationships that enhance their connectivity to the community, well-being and independence. Services vary according to the strengths and anticipated needs of each individual. Skill development can include :

– Maximizing an individual’s physical, material and emotional well-being
– Enhancing personal development and self-determination
– Developing community connectedness
– Participating in volunteer opportunities
– Developing natural supports
– Developing awareness and connections with community resources
– Receiving assistance with personal care routines
– Developing personal safety skills
– Participating in activities that develop personal wellness (fitness, range of motion, etc.)
– Accessing educational opportunities
– Participating in recreational and leisure activities

Bridge Home Care

Bridge Home Care

Home Support Workers: Helping anyone looking to retain their independence and freedom by providing in-home assistance. Bridge Home Care Focuses on providing individualized care to anyone requiring support to remain living in their homes. We work collaboratively with clients and families to ensure all client care needs are met for each individual.

Sunshine Senior Services

Sunshine Senior Services

Enabling seniors to stay active in their daily lives and passions by providing reliable, affordable, compassionate transportation and assistance services in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.

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