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Host Family

The Host Family program offers families or individuals the opportunity to share their home with a child or an adult who has a developmental disability. The program fosters rewarding and long lasting relationships that enrich the lives of all participants. Placements are made gradually and with care to ensure compatibility. The host family receives financial remuneration, regular respite and ongoing support from Ongwanada community counsellors.

How do I become a Provider?
Potential Host Family Providers are carefully screened before being accepted into the program. This involves a health check, criminal reference check, a home assessment, letters of reference and an in-depth interview with Ongwanada staff.

Ongwanada will undertake a family profile to better understand you and to find an appropriate match. Ongwanada staff will try to match you with someone with similar interests and lifestyle.

Your family will then be introduced to the person at a convenient time. If both parties are interested in pursuing a relationship, more visits will be arranged. The person will move into your home as soon as everyone is comfortable.

What are the benefits?
Host Family Providers receive financial remuneration determined by the level of support needed by the person sharing your home. Providers also receive: Twenty-one days of paid time off a year, orientation and training, ongoing assistance from a counsellor, twenty-four hour a day on-call support, as well as access to various professionals at Ongwanada such as a dietician, physiotherapist, pharmacist and psychologist.

Contact information
For details on becoming a Host Family Provider, contact Geoff Gifford at 613.548.4417 ext. 1178 or ggifford@ongwanada.com

To access this service for a child, please contact Ongwanada's Social Work Department at 613.548.4417 ext. 3311

To access this service for an adult, please contact Developmental Services Ontario by clicking here for contact information



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Dates of Vacancy: June 5, 2017
Closing Date: May 5, 2017
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Closing Date: May 5, 2017
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Closing Date: May 4, 2017
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Paint Night: Fundraiser for United Way KFL&A
Join us for an evening of merriment while creating your own personal masterpiece!

WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017
TIME: 7 p.m.  9 p.m.
Light refreshment at 6:30
WHY: Because the United Way needs our help!
HOW: Register at https://www.paintnite.com/events/_1170797

Included in the price:
" All supplies: Paint, brushes, a 16x20 canvas and a funky Paint Nite apron to wear (a nifty little fashion statement)!
" Delectable treats prior to starting
" Door Prizes

The proceeds of this fundraiser will go to the United Way KFL&A who help people and organizations in our community. In 2015 that was 75,000 people, 40 agencies, and 57 programs.

We need at least 35 people signed up two weeks in advance to proceed with the event and we are open to the public so bring family and friends!

Register by April 7, 2017 for a chance to win our Early Bird draw.

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Winter 2017 Horizon
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Ongwanada earns Accreditation with Exemplary Standing
Ongwanada is proud to announce that after Accreditation Canada's surveyors were on-site in December, they reported that our organization met Exemplary status. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the process.

Click below to see the Accreditation Report.

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2016-2017 Operating Plan
Document detailing progress toward Building Capacity & Moving Forward with a Person-Centred Approach.

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