Kidz in Caledon Benefits Local Family

by Cassandra Briscoe, CCS Volunteer

CCS’ Kidz in Caledon program provides assistance to families across the Caledon community. Jodi is one of many parents that benefit from the program to help her as a mother raising two young sons.

Jodi has been calling Caledon home since the age of 4. While she considers Caledon a great place to live and raise a family, CCS has helped Jodi along the way. “I have been using CCS since they opened in the courtyard. I started looking for employment opportunities with Jobs Caledon and saw all the other branches of help they had to offer,” she said.

With two sons under 10 years old, Jodi tries to provide them opportunities to learn, make friends, and develop passions. However, this can be very difficult and out of reach. Kidz in Caledon helps make this possible.

Her oldest son recently developed a passion for music. While at the Exchange (located on Healey Road, Bolton) her son noticed a keyboard in the lounge area and really loved the sound. With the encouraging words and cheerful attitude of CCS Care Coordinator Lori Pirroncello, her son decided he would love to play music. Unfortunately, lessons and instruments can be very expensive. Luckily, we have Kidz in Caledon to help.

Jodi and Lori sat down and were able to set up music lessons for her son. He is now learning to play the guitar and has a real passion for playing. Jodi has seen a positive change in her son. “It helps him get out and gives him a nice summer routine. He gets to interact with peers and other members of the community while doing something that he loves.”

While Kidz in Caledon has helped Jodi as a mother, she also benefited from other CCS services. The food pantry, Santa Fund gift program, cooking classes, job workshops, and more helped Jodi at one point or another. “The workers are all so encouraging. Lori has motivated me in so many ways. It’s a good feeling to know someone has your back.”

Jodi now encourages friends and family to utilize the services CCS has to offer and reassures them not to be embarrassed or ashamed. “It’s okay to ask for help, CCS is there for a reason and it changed my life as well as my kids’ lives.”

“CCS really is a great service for the community, it has been my rock for the last couple years and gives my kids better opportunities for a bright future,” Jodi comments.

If you are interested in the Kidz for Caledon program to donate or learn more, visit ccs4u.org and share your story so others can benefit too!

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