Entries by Marina Bazalitskaya

Small Things Make A Difference

Tom came home, fuming. His mom could see his anger as soon as he stepped off the school bus. It took some prodding and time to get it out of him, but eventually, his emotions got the better of him, and his frustration exploded out of him. Tom LOVES grapes. And he was so mad […]

Young Parent Outreach Program: Creating a Village

It takes a village to raise a child: a team made up of parents, grandparents, extended family, and community members. But many young families are alone and isolated, with no village to support them in parenting. Being a parent – especially a low-income single parent – is an immense amount of work: sleepless nights, early […]

The Cridge Nursery Then and Now

Hello, my name is Brenda, and I have volunteered to write a short article about The Cridge Nursery, which happens to be a part of my own story. This is my third time working here over the last 32 years, and it is interesting to reflect upon what is different and what has remained the […]

Small Things Make a Big Difference

By Marlene Goley, Manager of The Cridge Transition House and Outreach Services Imagine being 12 years old and fleeing to a transition house with your mom.  You are relieved to be away from your dad’s scary, angry outbursts. But now you are in a strange house, sharing a room with your mom, and parachuting into […]

A Welcoming Space

By Marlene Goley, Manager of The Cridge Transition House and Outreach Services The impact of having a designated Young Parent Outreach Program space where Nicole can gather with her young moms and their children has been incredible. Moms drop by to go through the clothing donations. On Thursdays, the Music Group is a big draw […]

Valentine’s Dinner for Seniors

A few times a year we have a very special dinner with our residents – a Candlelit Dinner in December, a Mother’s Day Dinner and Valentine’s Dinner. For these occasions, we break with the norm and order linens for the tables, flowers, chocolates for each place setting and have a menu printed up for each […]

Difficult Choices

By Joanne Linka, Manager of Communication and Fund Development There are times when parents need to make difficult choices. Choices about schools, caregivers, access to digital media, or diet. The decisions are pretty much never ending – some easier than others, but always more to be made. For many of our families, the decisions are […]

Christmas Generosity

By Joanne Linka, Manager of Communication and Fund Development Imagine leaving your war-torn country, your extended family, your home and job – leaving it all to hope for a better life here in Canada. Imagine travelling all that way with two small children, unsure what you were travelling towards, but hoping for safety and security. […]

Why I am a Respite Care Provider

By Susie Scott, Child and Youth Support Worker Because of THOSE times. Those times when you can see, hear and feel just how much the care providers need a break; so that they can be their best as care providers. Those times when I know, he is getting a much-needed break at the same time. Those […]

No Wrong Door Story: Safety and Mathematics

By Marlene Goley, Manager of The Cridge Centre Transition House for Women Police gave Cindy the number for Cridge Transition House for Women (CTHW) after they arrested her boyfriend for assaulting her and threatening to kill her. She came to CTHW traumatized and terrified about what her future would be. How would she stay safe […]