In 2019, Surrey Place received a $665,500 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) over the course of three years to advance and develop the Parenting Enhancement Program. This program uses a multifaceted approach to provide parenting skills, training, and support to parents with developmental disabilities who have been referred to Surrey Place from child welfare agencies, Adult Protective Services, Toronto Public Health, and other community agencies.
The grant project was completed in January 2022 and has allowed Surrey Place to enhance and expand the program’s offerings, increase community outreach activities, and serve more parents and children through the Parenting Enhancement Program.
“Surrey Place is known for their innovative and collaborative work with people with developmental disabilities. I am thrilled that Surrey Place had the opportunity to advance and expand their Parenting Enhancement Program. Programs like this one are beneficial to families and communities.”Jessica Bell, MPP for University-Rosedale.
This grant has directly impacted the lives of parents with developmental disabilities and their children who receive support through Surrey Place’s Parenting Enhancement Program. With this funding, Surrey Place hired two additional therapists and a part-time research assistant to support the program’s expansion, and increased the number of families in service by 56 per cent. The grant also enabled the growth of various outreach activities, including providing tailored education and information sessions to over 700 key community stakeholders, school board staff, healthcare professionals, child welfare agencies, and trainees. Additionally, the grant supported development of key materials, presentations, and strategic tools as well as new services and groups to better support the needs of clients and families.
Support from OTF has helped Surrey Place make a difference in the lives of clients and families, especially during these challenging times. With expanded programing and new ways of service, the Parenting Enhancement Program is better equipped to meet the needs of clients and their families and address program gaps.
“The Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant has truly helped the Surrey Place Parenting Enhancement Program provide better support and resources for parents with developmental disabilities. Education and support for parents with developmental disabilities can be limited in the Toronto region and this expansion has proved to be an invaluable long-term, capacity-building asset for the sector.”Terri Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer of Surrey Place
About the Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more