In 2021, Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon marked 80 years as one of the city’s oldest and most vital social service organizations.
Throughout the 80 years, CFS Saskatoon has maintained its original purpose to respond to human need with compassion and support.
Our first name was the Catholic Welfare Council (CWC). The CWC was established in 1940 opening its doors for the first time in February of 1941. Its primary purpose was to be of assistance to war brides and to provide clothing and Christmas hampers. Homes were found for the aged and for babies, and shopping services for those who needed help.
In the 1950’s projects included sponsorship of homes for unwed mothers, helping immigrant families, homemaker services, summer camps, identification of suitable films for children and appropriate literature on newsstands. The staff of the CWC also acted as the truant officer for the Separate Board of Education.
The 1960’s brought an official name change from the Catholic Welfare Council to Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon (CFS). This was done to better reflect the agency’s focus on the family as the basic unit of a healthy community and society.
The 1970’s focused on prevention, support groups and on educational programs. CFS Saskatoon became a member of Family Service Saskatchewan in 1978. We continue to hold and value this membership today.
The 1980’s and 1990’s continued to enhance service to individuals, children and families. Involvement in community groups, committees and partnership grew. The Teen Parent Program and Early Childhood Centre started in the 1980’s and is currently housed at Bishop Murray High School.
In August, 2010 E.D. Feehan Child & Family Centre was opened expanding our early childhood services with two locations and 62 spaces. Rosewood Early Learning Centre was added in 2017 and brought our total spaces to 151.
Although CFS was incorporated under the Societies Act in 1941, CFS became incorporated under the Non-Profit Corporation’s Act in 1983. CFS joined Family Service Canada in 1982.
Catholic Family Services has a long and unique tradition of responding to the needs of the community through dynamic, innovative, leading-edge programs.
Today, we provide more counselling and community building services than relief, but we are still here for Saskatoon’s most vulnerable citizens. While our organizational structure and nature of our work has evolved over time, our core values have not.
Now known as CFS Saskatoon, we are proud of our history and are looking forward to the next 80 years with a brand that honours our past and gives us renewed focus for the future.