Chimo is a place where children, youth and families can learn all kinds of skills, information and tools to help them succeed. We provide multiple services including group care homes, independent living, and family support programs.
In 1970, Chimo was founded as a private, non-profit society. The original mandate for the group care program was to provide interim care for youth in the Edmonton area. Over the years, as the needs of the community have grown and changed, the mandate, services and programs of the Chimo Youth Retreat Centre have kept pace.
It is our goal to provide an environment that fosters positive personal growth and we are committed to ensuring quality services to every one of our children, youth and families.
We are a charitable, not-for-profit organization.
The syllabics above are how “Chimo” is represented in Inuktitut, and it loosely translates to ‘friend’ or ‘friendship’.
As the Cree language does not have a direct translation for 'friend', it was recommended by Cree speakers and scholars that a good translation from Inuktitut to Cree is miyo otôtêmiwêwin (Me-you Oh-too-team-oo-we-winn) meaning ‘good relations’.”
Chimo intends to provide services within a healthy environment for each individual or family we work with. The agency employs a holistic approach to delivering services and considers the cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual strengths and needs of each child, youth and family. In everything we do, Chimo is committed to maintaining respect for the dignity and value of each person we serve. The agency seeks and supports partnerships in the community in order to share expertise, resources and to enhance service delivery. Chimo is committed to continuous quality improvement and ensuring best practices in its services for all children, youth and families.
Chimo believes that all people have the right to:
The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre exists to provide support and services to children, youth and families. These families will no doubt be experiencing some challenges in their lives. We wish to assist them in living safely and successfully in their chosen communities by providing competent services from caring individuals. Chimo provides services primarily within Alberta.
These TSIL homes provide support and assistance for youth in preparation for further independence.
Pregnant and Parenting Homes – TSIL
These TSIL homes provide support and assistance to pregnant and parenting youth to develop positive parenting skills and independence.
This group care home program provides support to youth with Children Services and/or FSCD status and teaches living skills and life skills to teens requiring extra supports as they move towards adulthood and supported independent living.
Link to SWS Program here.
This program provides one-on-one training and supports to youth and young families to accomplish their goals.
This program provides one-on-one supports and living allowance for youth living independently in the community.
This program provides a range of supports and group home care options including Roommate Mentor living arrangements, youth work and Chimo 5 group care home.
The Chimo Family Wellness team works in partnership with the Edmonton Region CFS to support children, youth, and families to become safe, happy, healthy, and well.
The Chimo CSD Kinship Care Program provides support to family caregivers to ensure that children and their caregivers have the supports they need to remain healthy, happy, and safe.
To contact staff in individual programs, see Our Team
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We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway / Saulteaux / Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.