Who we are: People first, community always
Aspen Family & Community Network is a non-profit, human services organization serving youth, families and communities in Calgary and surrounding area for 34 years. Aspen is committed to putting people first, while keeping the context of community top of mind. We partner with clients, program participants, funders, donors and community organizations to unlock potential and transform lives.
Our governance board oversees our operations, which are led by a CEO and five executives responsible for the following portfolios: Operations (Client Services); Research and Outcomes; Development & Community Engagement; Finance & IT; and Human Resources.
We believe that sustainable change is only possible when individuals, families and communities take charge of their own decisions. Commitment to lasting change comes from personal buy-in, not from direction from others, no matter how well-meaning. At Aspen, we see ourselves as foundation- and capacity-builders.
Our 15 programs serve people who come from 86 percent of Calgary neighbourhoods. We promote the following among our six focus populations:
- Youth who successfully transition to adulthood from difficult home environments, and from foster care and group home settings.
- Families who are stable and enjoy enhanced well-being.
- Homeless or near-homeless families who gain appropriate and safe housing and sustainable livelihoods.
- Children who actively participate in the family and have the conditions to capitalize on their readiness to learn.
- Diverse populations, including immigrants and Aboriginals, who are included and belong.
- Residents who are engaged and actively participate in building strong neighbourhoods and communities.
Where our services are focused on children and youth, we use homelike environments to contribute to their individual growth and development. Families are supported to establish stability and sustainability within the context of their authentic family unit. Our community-based programs are embedded in naturally existing formal and informal neighbourhood hubs such as community centres.