Highbanks Society


Christmas is coming! And it’s the most wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends around the tree and warmth of a fire while the children anticipate Santa’s arrival.

Kate was anticipating an arrival of her own at Christmas – one she didn’t tell anyone about. You see, Kate is one of 500 teenage girls who give birth in Calgary every year.  Kate grew up surrounded by poverty and abuse, and she was so mistrustful of her guardians that she kept her pregnancy a secret until that Christmas Eve, when as a confused and scared 16 year old, she lay in a cold bathtub and gave birth to her son Noah. She cut her newborn's umbilical cord with scissors, wrapped him in a towel and tried her best to clean herself up. Thankfully, Kate texted a good friend who decided to call her an ambulance.

When Kate was released from the hospital the next day with Noah in her arms, she was alone, penniless and had nowhere to lay her newborn son to rest. Fortunately she found hope at Highbanks.

We quickly moved Kate and Noah into a furnished 2 bedroom apartment that she could call her own. After two years in the Highbanks program she completed high school and received a scholarship to University.

With a focus on Education, Highbanks creates opportunities for single moms and their children by providing housing, a community and skill development. This is how we are working every day to break the cycle or poverty, homelessness, and abuse in this vulnerable population.

All residents must enroll in formal education and participate in Highbanks programs focused on Parenting Education - because being a good parent is a tough job; Trauma Therapy – to help moms like Kate deal with systematic abuse and toxic stress; and core Life Skills – such as cooking, healthy relationships, financial literacy, and goal setting.

For 15 years we own our own building and have two wonderful commercial tenants, Dairy Lane and Velvet Style, who's lease covers 20% of our necessary overhead. Highbanks Society does not currently receive any government funding. We are only able to do this great work and provide a better life for families like Kate through the generous donations and support of our wonderful partners, and people like you.


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