Category Archives: News

Happy Sukkot

Today marks the first evening of Sukkot, known as the ‘Festival of Booths’. Sukkot is a happy and festive holiday in the Jewish calendar.   During Sukkot, we traditionally bundle together four plants mentioned in the Torah: The Etrog (citron … Continue reading

Open Letter: Prioritize COVID-19 third-dose vaccines for individuals living with DD

Dear MPPs, I am writing to ask for your support to prioritize COVID-19 third-dose vaccines for individuals living with developmental disabilities.My name is Bryan Keshen. I am the Chief Executive Officer at Reena – a non-profit social service agency dedicated … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Is the Traditional Resume Outdated? Is the TikTok Resume the new way?

Dear Joanna, I have been applying for work online using my resume and cover letter that I prepared with the help of my Reena job coach. However, I heard that some job seekers are posting video resumes on social media … Continue reading

Passing of Lea Hochman z”l

Reena Group of Charities would like to express our deepest condolences of the recent passing of Lea Hochman, mother of Sheila Lampert, Reena Foundation’s Executive Director.  Lea Hochman z”l, a Holocaust survivor who dedicated herself to teaching others about the horrors of antisemitism … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Preparing for the Telephone Interview

Dear Joanna Finally my telephone rang after months of applying for jobs. I’ve just confirmed a time and a date for a telephone interview with a recruiter at a leading bank for a customer service position in their call centre.  … Continue reading

Let’s Get Vaccinated – August 4th and 8th

Employment Advice Column: Setting boundaries at work

Dear Joanna I’m just a girl who can’t say no! I am working as a medical office clerk and my Reena job coach is helping me handle five bosses. Each one assigns me different tasks, and I’m learning how to … Continue reading

Lou Fruitman Reena Residence Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined or participated in our VIRTUAL event. To see the event, please click on the link below.  

2021 Reena Is In Compliance – Again

The Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services inspected (June 22nd – July 2nd, 2021) Reena for service-agency compliance with legislation and policy directives.   “…I am writing with respect to the unannounced compliance inspection of your agency that took place fromJune … Continue reading

COVID-19 2nd Dose Immunization Clinic for People with Disabilities

2nd Dose Vaccinations for Individuals and Family Members – June 29th and 30th

2nd Dose COVID-19 Vaccinations Available – For Individuals with Developmental disabilities living at home with their families.   Both the individual and a family caregiver can receive their second dose. This is a and York Support Services Network developmental services … Continue reading

Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The following report was submitted to Reena on May 28th, 2021, and was authored by ICES, a not-for-profit research institute encompassing a community of research, data, and clinical experts, and a secure and accessible array of Ontario’s health-related data. Highlights: … Continue reading


I am a new employee who is supported by Reena’s SET job coach. I am have a summer job working from home due to Covid. I’m the data entry clerk and part of a team of 10 with co-workers from … Continue reading

Sad News: “Ish Tzaddik” Award Recipient Passes

During Reena’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (A.G.M) we recognized attorney David Cohen with the Morris Baker “Ish Tzaddik” Award to honour a worthy individual who has made an outstanding commitment to the enhancement of life for people with developmental disabilities.  Regrettably, we were recently informed that Mr. … Continue reading