Although the 2013 flood brought tremendous devastation and loss, it also enabled a display of perseverance, courage and resiliency. The last three years have consisted of communities across southern Alberta, including High River, working together to rebuild not only homes and businesses, but also their sprits.
High River Counselling Centre (HRCC) opened its doors in January of 2014 to provide support for those needing counselling after the flood. With help from the Town of High River’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Alberta Health Services, funding from the Alberta Government and numerous generous donors, HRCC has spent the last three years helping the citizens of High River and surrounding areas heal.
As one of the last groups to remain in High River, Calgary Counselling Centre’s High River Satellite will close its doors on June 25th 2016. While the physical office in High River will close, Calgary Counselling Centre can continue to see residents of High River and Southern Alberta in our Calgary Office. With flood related funding having come to an end we will charge for services based on our sliding fee scale.
We are so grateful to be a part of the community and are pleased to report that our program was a success. After receiving a total of 633 referrals and providing 2,756 counselling sessions up until March 31st, 2016, over 93 per cent of clients from town reported improved levels of wellbeing which were stable, improved or recovered The program was not only successful at helping the residents, but also proved to be a successful framework for how we can move quickly and efficiently, and as such, we could respond elsewhere if the need arose.
Although the office in High River is closed, we would like to reach out to all residents and remind them that help is always available. They can contact us for counselling services at our Calgary office, either by phone (403-691-5991) or online (www.calgarycounselling.com).