The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre was established in 1970 and serves youth and families in the Edmonton region.
Our great staff team provides a broad range of services to youth between the ages of 14-24 that include securing housing, training in personal living skills, relationship skills, parenting support, peer based groups, supports for independence and more! Together with our community partners we assist young people on their road to successful independence. Chimo also serves families through CSD.
We are located in the downtown area for easy access no matter where you live in the city. Take a tour through the website and if you don't find what you are needing, give us a call and maybe we can help point you in the right direction.
Chimo is a place where youth can learn all kinds of skills, information and tools to help them succeed as young adults! We have programs that provide housing, day programs and training programs to meet the individual needs of our youth.
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.
The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre aims to reintegrate youth experiencing a range of challenges back into the community through a variety of supportive programs. 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 youth.
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.
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.
Chimo believes that all people are deserving of the rights listed below:
"Chimo 9 and the staff are awesome! I loved living there and it was an experience that opened my eyes to the possibility of accomplishing my goals and striving towards my career."
"Chimo 2 Parenting Home has helped me become more mature as a teenager and a parent. I really enjoy being their because the staff are respectful and fair most times. I think the Parenting Homes are a good opportunity for any teen Mom to take advantage of."
“The staff at Chimo Youth Retreat Centre give youth the spark for building a bright future.”
“Chimo is a good place for youth to start their life. They help you last and are very understanding. It is one of the best places for youth rescue.”
"The thing I love about Chimo was the opportunity it gave me to further myself in life. I learned how to better take care of myself, and that is something I take with myself into the future. I will continue to grow in the knowledge that Chimo provided me with. And I will treasure it always."
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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, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway / Saulteaux / Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.
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