Tag: outcomes

Building Financial Resilience for People with Mental Health or Addiction Challenges

Perhaps you’ve heard that money concerns are one of the top sources of stress for most people. In my experience, that’s certainly true. Money problems may in fact be the number-one source of stress for most people. That being said, money problems aren’t the only problems people face. Imagine that, on top of money problems, you are also dealing with depression or other mental health… Read more

Recipes for Resilience

Momentum celebrated a big anniversary in 2016. For 25 years now, we have been taking an economic approach to social issues, and adding a social perspective to local economic development. The pressures of our struggling economy brought out the best in us, and this year has been one of our finest. We are grateful to our board and staff, participants, investors and community partners. We… Read more

Made from Scratch

Marquesa Shore had always wanted to be a business owner but, until one casual drive through the mountains, she had no idea what that could mean. She had been earning good money in Fort McMurray, but lost her job during layoffs in 2014. When she later visited Banff, she was immediately inspired: Banff needed a women’s clothing boutique, and she would be the one to… Read more

Cooking with Electricity

A few years after high school, career testing at SAIT put the trades at the top of the list for Carmello Baffa. He was thrilled to be accepted into Momentum’s Electrician program. He says he’d always known there were places to go if he needed food, but he hadn’t known there was a place to go for a life-changing experience. He had been working in… Read more

A Better Life, Episode 5: Self-Actualization

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To us, it’s more than just getting good jobs and starting businesses—it’s about building a place where people feel connected and are able to truly live their lives. It’s about Calgary and it’s about every one of us. Missed previous episodes of A Better Life? Watch them now: Circumstances Motivation Conviction Perseverance Or watch the compiled video: A Better Life

A Better Life, Episode 4: Perseverance

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The first day of school, a first date or a new job can feel a bit like a blank piece of paper. When it has taken all you have to get to that point, the opportunity can be overwhelming—and sometimes it all pays off. Up next week – A Better Life, Episode 5: Self-Actualization. Missed previous episodes of A Better Life? Watch them now: Circumstances… Read more

A Better Life, Episode 3: Conviction

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It takes conviction to overcome obstacles and work towards a better life. At Momentum, we witness this bravery on a daily basis. Watch episode 3 of A Better Life to meet a few people who have demonstrated this conviction. Up next week – A Better Life, Episode 4: Perseverance. Missed previous episodes of A Better Life? Watch them now: Circumstances Motivation

A Better Life, Episode 2: Motivations

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Many people would like to make changes or improvements in aspects of their lives but only some people actually work to make changes. What is it that motivates people work towards a better life for themselves? Watch A Better Life, Episode 2: Motivations on YouTube. Missed Episode 1? Watch A Better Life: Circumstances now. Up next week – A Better Life, Episode 3: Conviction

A Better Life, Episode 1: Circumstances

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The daily connection with people who want to leave poverty behind and a build better future for their families is at the core of Momentum’s work. Whether it’s through saving money, developing employment skills or starting a business, it is the journey of each of these remarkable people that inspires us. And that journey is never easy… Meet a group of people that are working… Read more

Entrepreneurs and Momentum: A winning combination

Meklet Tesfaye is an entrepreneur through and through. Ever since she was a teenager, she’s demonstrated the fact by being courageous, optimistic and willing to take calculated risks. For example, look at how Meklet arrived in Canada. In 2001, she said goodbye to her family in Ethiopia, and came here searching for a better life. She came alone. She didn’t speak English. She was 15…. Read more