About the Rotary Home
The Rotary Club of Ottawa first opened our respite home in 1982 with funds raised by club members as well as funds received from the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. The Board of Directors who governs the organization is composed of deeply committed volunteers from various Rotary Clubs in the Ottawa area, with the majority from the Rotary Club of Ottawa which in located downtown. We are a not-for-profit corporation and are a recognized charity with a charitable registration number. For more information, please visit our Home’s History page.
Our Children Respite Programs are open 7 days a week, 356 days a year (we are closed over the Christmas Break). Children and youth up to their twenty-first birthday, who have a neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disability generally restricting their mobility, have access to our Regular Planned Relief program or general respite bookings. We also have a program specifically for children up to their eighteenth birthday, who have a complex medical need and are technologically dependent requiring nursing supports.
The Adult Respite Program supports adults after the age of 21. Since 2009 over 120 adults have accessed respite at our Leitrim campus and the numbers continue to grow. However the program does not have annualized government funding so we rely on fundraised dollars and the generosity of corporate partners who believe in our mission. When your family member stays in our Adult Respite Program, they are supported in a barrier free environment, with qualified, competent, talented employees who help make this an enjoyable stay for your family member.
We have over 281 families registered with our respite programs, and see approximately 220 of those families on a regular basis. We are a family centered organization and believe that no family should face the daily challenges of caring for a child or young adult with a disability alone.
When caring for individuals, parents and families are our guide. We strive to create a home-like environment that makes families feel confident that their child or young adult will be well cared for. And lets not forget…it has to be fun!!