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KARA Families Are Healthy Families

KARA Family Resource Centre is a not-for-profit organization guided by a Board of Directors. KARA was formed in November 1984 by a collaborative of 16 community agencies and/or individuals who identified a need for services to low income, single mothers.

Our original program, and now our flag ship program, is Caring Families. This program provides parents the opportunity to learn and interact with their children (0-6 years of age). The program has changed over the years to accommodate the needs of the families who come to this program. In addition to Caring Families, KARA offers other courses and workshops. Some programs are for parents only and others are interactive programs for parents and their preschoolers.

The funding for our programs comes from the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region (our first core funder), City of Edmonton Family and Community Services, ECALA (Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association), Alberta Human Services (PLC), gaming proceeds, various grants and from the generous donations of community members. This funding allows us to continue to offer programs and services to families in Edmonton at no cost. Our programming is accessible to all families in Edmonton. Some of the challenges our families face include: low income; social isolation; access to transportation; food security issues; childcare; to name a few. By offering programs at no cost, bus tickets, food and (in some cases) childcare, we try to reduce these barriers for families.

KARA is an acronym for: Kids Are the Responsibility of All.

Mission Statement

To promote the healthy development of children by empowering families.


To provide a safe environment and programming that enhances self-esteem and independence through education, role modeling and hands-on learning opportunities.

Board of Directors

Brenda Bissonnette, Chair
Elliot Chokka, Treasurer
Suzanne Smith, Director
Brittany Biollo, Director
Isolde Schmid, Director
Norma Smith, Director
Patty Coates, Director
Ross Monson, Director
Shelley Smith, Director
Teshome Tekele, Director

Please read the 2015 AGM Report PDF.