In the fall of 2012, Wood’s Homes broke ground for the construction of the Hextall Building on our Bowness campus.
This two-storey building (completed in June 2014) houses recreation facilities for clients in treatment on the campus. It also provides long-overdue expanded space for clinicians and therapists to do their work with children, adolescents and their families.
The main floor is the heart of the campus featuring a gathering space, a movie theatre (for film-watching and training sessions); ping-pong tables, pool tables, etc. Here the young people will be taught socially acceptable behaviours and communication skills. They will learn about boundaries, how to win and lose, and opportunity to unwind and even just play. This floor also features a Spiritual Room where clients can find quiet time to think, worship or just to self-reflect.
Wood’s Homes strongly feels this new space, including a new multi-purpose room, will change the culture of the campus. It will enhance a sense of belonging for the youth, many of whom have never had meaningful ties to home or community. The additional clinical space for staff will ensure they learn about, and apply, the latest research and best practices to their day-to-day work with youth and families.
Our Research department helps us prove successes by tracking outcomes and measurements. As a result of the construction of the Hextall Building, Wood’s Homes anticipates:
- A reduction of at least 20 points and possibly beyond in overall risk behaviours over the course of one year
- A 20% reduction in the number of youth who leave campus without permission or leave treatment before their expected departure
- A 10% decrease in the frequency and severity of substance abuse and a similar decrease with criminal involvement.
Vermilion Energy Family Centre
In October, 2013 Vermilion Energy Inc. stepped forward with Wood’s Homes largest corporate donation of $1M in support of the construction of the new Vermilion Energy Family Centre.
Located on our Bowness campus, this building will help lead Wood’s Homes into the next century by providing facilities to enhance our family-centred care.
This new building (scheduled to open Fall, 2014) will be a place where families, with children in treatment, are able to temporarily live together while engaging in treatment, even accommodating extended family members: siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles.
Family-centred care is at the core of Wood’s Homes’ commitment to helping children, adolescents and families find help today and hope for tomorrow, making the Vermilion Energy Family Centre one of the most critical developments in our history.
This centre will help expand our ability to offer whole family treatment and support, allowing more families a better chance at long-term success.
Currently, some of our far-away families must find accommodation (often at a steep price) when they come for therapeutic visits, shortening critical family connection time. The cost and logistics make the trip impossible for some families meaning troubled, confused and hurting children and parents or caregivers navigating the unfamiliar experience alone. In the Vermilion Energy Family Centre, staff will be able to build relationships and trust with families while observing and supporting the interaction and communication between all members.