Reena Foundation Receives $180K Gift!

On February 22nd, 2017, Reena Foundation received an incredibly generous gift of $180,000 from the Robbins Family. As a lifetime Leaf’s fan, Monty Robbins has brought 60 Carlton St. and 11 Stanley Cups back to life in his basement. Monty dreamed about the day when he would meet his sports hero, Darryl Sittler. Reveling in the dream that one day, his favourite player would make it to Maple Leaf Gardens and sign his wall. Monty’s wish had come true. Darryl graciously joined Reena Foundation for the cheque presentation and autographed the wall in Monty’s basement, dedicated to him. Darryl reminisced about his time as a Toronto Maple Leaf, the crowd was in awe. The original pledge for the donation was $90,000. The Robbins Family was so touched by the experience that they doubled the gift. A portion of the gift will be directed towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van. The Family will direct the balance towards another important initiative.

Leafs Fan Donates to Reena Foundation

13,000 Adults with Developmental Disabilities Receiving Support

Ontario Newsroom Bulletin | Ministry of Community and Social Services | February 14, 2017

Ontario will eliminate the 2014 Passport waitlist by the end of next month -- one year ahead of schedule -- providing direct funding for 13,000 adults with developmental disabilities.

Passport is a government program that provides direct funding to adults with developmental disabilities so they can take part in community programs, develop work and daily life skills, hire a support worker and live independently.

When the Passport program was first launched in 2006 it served 1,700 people. Passport now supports more than 19,000 people with developmental disabilities and will continue to grow, supporting an estimated 24,000 recipients by 2017-18.

As the number of eligible people for Passport funding continues to grow, addressing the waitlist is critical to ensuring that people with developmental disabilities across the province receive the supports they need as soon as possible.

Supporting adults with developmental disabilities is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

To learn more click here.

Program Closure Notice

Due to the weather Reena's Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre Day Programs, Older Adults Program and Workshop at The Schwartz Reisman Centre will be closed tomorrow February 7, 2017.

Pathways and Channels, North and South, will remain open for Fee for Service individuals only. Please note Reena's Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre will have limited staff available for individuals who live with their families and need to attend programs. Training's remain open.

6th Annual Striking For Reena

Striking For Reena 2017 Join us for Striking For Reena Presented by Westdale Properties

If having a blast while raising funds for a great cause is right up your alley... please join us on May 7, 2017 at World Bowl!

The venue has 40 lanes and bowlers of all ages and skills are welcome. There is no entry fee, but each team (up to 6 bowlers per team) is asked to raise a minimum of $300 per bowler for a total of $1,800 per lane.

Striking for Reena is overwhelmingly popular because it’s so inclusive. Families, friends and supporters bowl alongside individuals supported by Reena. With family fun at the heart of the event, there’s truly something for everyone:

  • Silent Auction
  • Kids Zone
  • Raffle
  • Food
  • Prizes

  • Click here to register, donate or sponsor!
    Have a question? Click here to contact Shira Lev.
    View photos from last years event by clicking here.

    Agency Compliance 2017

    The Ministry conducts compliance inspections of all Ministry-funded service agencies under the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 (SIPDDA). The specific standards of care and safety requirements that agencies are required to comply with are set out in Ontario Regulation 299/10 Quality Assurance Measures (QAM) and/or in policy directives.

    The primary purpose of an inspection is to assess service agency compliance with legislation and policy directives, and seek to ensure that service agencies are fully aware of their responsibilities.

    A compliance inspection of Reena took place from January 9, 2017 - January 19, 2017. We are pleased to share that Reena was found to be IN COMPLIANCE with Ontario Regulation 299/10 of SIPDDA (Quality Assurance Measures) and/or policy directives applicable to MCSS-funded services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities.

    Click here to see Reena's Compliance Inspection Letter.

    Celebrating Ontario’s 150th Anniversary with Better Community Spaces

    Ontario Newsroom BulletinMinistry of Tourism, Culture and Sport | January 31, 2017

    Ontario is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a province by improving and renovating over 200 sports facilities, parks, seniors centres, and other community spaces, bringing positive change to communities and families across the province.

    Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, made the announcement today at Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka in Barrie, an organization that provides free social and emotional support for people feeling the impact of cancer. Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka is receiving $24,000 through the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to make vital infrastructure improvements that will a make a difference in the lives of 2,000 people who benefit from the organization's important services.

    The Ontario150 Community Capital Program will help not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure. This support will be used to increase accessibility, improve safety and maximize community use of public spaces.

    In celebration of Ontario's 150th anniversary, the province has also released a new recording of A Place to Stand (Ontario Song), the province's unofficial anthem. The 50-year-old song has been refreshed to instil a sense of pride and belonging for all.  

    Investing in local communities for Ontario's 150th anniversary is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

    Quick Facts
    • Ontario is investing $25 million in the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to support 203 capital projects.
    • In total, these investments are expected to result in almost 1.4 million square feet of renovated community space and more than 36,000 hours of additional availability for physical activity and arts programming.
    • Ontario is recognizing the historical significance of 2017 with Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that will honour Ontario's past, showcase the present and inspire future generations.
    • The Ontario150 Community Capital Program is one of three community-based Ontario150 grant programs that will promote community engagement, empower young people and contribute to economic growth.
    • The Ontario150 Community Capital Program is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
    • The Ontario Trillium Foundation uses research to guide decision-making and relies on community-based volunteers across Ontario to review applications and guide granting decisions.

    We are extremely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for selecting Reena as a grant recipient. This grant will enable us to make vital improvements to our flagship location, the Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre. 

    To learn more click here.

    Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis

    Reena, with several other partner agencies, plans to build housing projects modeled after the successful work at the Reena Community Residence. The goal of the project is to ensure that the right services reach the right individual at the right time.

    According to the Provincial Network on Developmental Disabilities 120,000 Ontarians have a developmental disability. Waiting lists for residential supports have risen to 12,000 people in a sector that currently provides residential support to 16,000 people.

    As waitlists continue to rise Reena is working to develop a long-term residential solution that offers accessible, fair and sustainable supports. This solution will redirect some of the most vulnerable in our community out of basements, hospitals, prisons and long-term care facilities back into our communities.

    Each partner involved in the project will serve local needs as defined by local disabilities service partners, such as March of Dimes Canada and the Local Health Integration Network, and will involve an expanded planning process with local municipal leadership, relevant agencies and self-advocates. In each case, Reena will provide the core design and service plan with the lead agencies and work to define additional needs that can be accommodated within the facility.

    Together we plan to build a safe, supportive and meaningful place for individuals with developmental disabilities to live, work and play.

    To learn more click here or watch the Developmental Services Housing Forum below.

    MyCommunityHub Is Coming To Reena!

    Join us on March 29 from 6:30 - 8:30PM at the Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre to learn more about how Reena is using MyCommunityHub!

    MyCommunityHub is the place to go for great activities offered by Developmental Service Agencies across Ontario. You can browse, register and pay in a few simple clicks.

    Please let us know if you will be joining us by clicking here. Deadline to register is March 5, 2017.

    To learn more click here
    To visit MyCommunityHub click here

    Program Closure Notice

    Due to the weather Reena's Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre Day Programs, Older Adults Program and Workshop at The Schwartz Reisman Centre will be closed today January 17, 2017.

    Pathways and Channels, North and South, will remain open for Fee for Service individuals only. Please note Reena's Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre will have limited staff available for individuals who live with their families and need to attend programs. Training's remain open.

    2017 Trainings for People Supporting Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

    Reena has always been in the forefront of professional training in the field of developmental disabilities. Reena offers a comprehensive training program for our own staff, as well as, for staff from other agencies. In recent years, approximately 200 training events were offered, with over 7,000 registration spaces to Reena staff and staff from over 20 external agencies. Reena is a member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD).

    To view a list of 2017 trainings for people supporting individuals with developmental disabilities click here.

    Reena’s Learning and Development Department is able to accommodate off-site training requests for the existing curriculum offerings. Reena can also accommodate special requests for customised trainings to meet your organisations training needs. To learn more about this option and associated fees please contact Reena’s Learning and Development Department.

    Welcome to Reena

    Reena has taken the lead amongst a group of agencies to plan for and provide support to a young Canadian woman with autism living in the US. We have been working with the young woman, her family and professional team to help her transition from her family home and school in South Carolina to a Reena Home in Toronto and beyond. Please join us in welcoming this young woman to the Reena Community!

    Happy Chanukah

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    As we celebrate the Festival of Lights, may the warmth and glow of each candle you light fill your heart and home with happiness and love.

    Thank you to all members of the Reena Community for your commitment, dedication, hard work and continued support.

    In the midst of successes, we lost some of the individuals we supported, and friends of Reena; we also had to make emergency adjustments to support other individuals in need of urgent care. Your understanding, caring and compassionate support during these challenging times is appreciated.

    We have such an amazing community which continues to promote dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities within a framework of Jewish culture and values.

    Wishing you and your families the very best for the Holiday Season and 2017.

    Supporting New Housing Solutions for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

    Ontario Newsroom Bulletin | Ministry of Community & Social Services | December 20, 2016

    Ontario is helping plan new inclusive living environments where people of varying abilities can be connected to their families, friends, neighbours and community.

    The province is providing funding to a group of 10 developmental services agencies known as the Intentional Community Consortium (ICC) to develop an inclusive, community-based housing strategy for adults with developmental disabilities. The ICC is guided by a vision of creating housing options in communities across Ontario while leveraging collaborative partnerships.

    This work will be guided by the success of other Ontario projects, such as the Reena Community Residence in Thornhill where people with varying abilities live together with a shared vision to support each other, take part in their community and stay connected with their loved ones.

    Developing innovative and inclusive housing ideas for people with developmental disabilities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

    We know there is no one-size-fits-all housing solution for adults with developmental disabilities. It’s about exploring creative partnerships to design innovative housing options that can meet the unique needs of a wide range of individuals. Today’s announcement will help us continue our work to address the growing demand for accessible, supportive housing for adults with developmental disabilities.” - Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

    Reena is proud to partner with Ontario and other developmental service agencies as part of the Intentional Community Consortium to develop our innovative community residence model for adults with developmental disabilities. It’s projects like these that will make a difference in the lives of the segment of the population we work so hard to serve.” - Bryan Keshen, President and CEO, Reena

    Stuart Farb Memorial Hockey Game

    Stuart Farb Hockey Game

    January 14, 2017 @10:00 PM Thornhill Community Centre Hockey Arena 7755 Bayview Ave, Markham, ON L3T 4P1

    Stuart Farb’s family and friends are taking to the ice to play in memory of Stuart, and to raise funds for Reena Foundation.

    For years, Stuart Farb, his sons Guy and Philip, and a group of friends got together late Saturday nights to play hockey. It wasn't competitive, just a way for everyone to get together and have a good time. Stuart passed away on January 9, 2012, leaving a void in the family and the circle of friends. The games are still being played but Stuart is sorely missed.

    In honour of their father, Stuart's children Guy, Jody and Philip have arranged the annual charity hockey game. Now in its 5th year, all of the regulars will again be there, playing for Stuart and for the Rebecca Farb Endowment Fund that the family formed through Reena Foundation. This fund helps support individuals with developmental disabilities at Reena.

    To support the event please visit the Stuart Farb Memorial Hockey Game Website or call (905) 763.8254 x3631.

    Support Giving Tuesday (Nov 29/16)

    Reena Foundation is pleased to partner with Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016!

    Giving Tuesday is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non-profits. The "opening day of the giving season," it is a day when charities, companies and individuals join together to think about others and give something back.

    On November 29, 2016 you can celebrate opening day of the giving season by:

    • Making a donation online
    • Volunteering your time
    • Encouraging your friends, co-workers and families to participate with you

    To learn more about Giving Tuesday, click here or watch the video below.