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Empower Simcoe Foundation

Health, Public Benefit, Social Service

About Empower Simcoe Foundation

We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to live a self-fulfilling life.

The Empower Simcoe Foundation raises funds to improve the quality of life for people of all abilities and to help bring about a more inclusive society. In our day-to-day work, we fund a wide variety of basic needs for individuals and families, from assistive devices to recreation and transportation subsidies. Our long-term funding outlook includes special projects and investments in new construction, such as housing initiatives that ensure everyone has a home they can call their own.


Our Impact

The Empower Simcoe Foundation contributes approximately $100,000 a year to:

  • Improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and their families;
  • Upgrade supported living homes operated by Empower Simcoe and other facilities;
  • Assist people with furniture and appliances when setting up their first independent homes;
  • Support special initiatives to respond to community needs.

Currently, the Foundation is supporting the construction of a new treatment home in Oro-Medonte. The home will provide a supportive and secure environment for people with complex behaviours who otherwise would live in an institutional setting. Building the home was made possible in part through bequests from Empower Simcoe Foundation donors. It will support a gradual transition to life in the community.

How your gift will be used

Your gift to the Empower Simcoe Foundation will give everyone the opportunity to live a self-fulfilling life. You will make it possible for us to respond to any needs faced by the people we support, from wheelchairs to braces to bus fare, so they can attend job interviews and recreational opportunities. Over time, your gift will also help us fulfill our vision of an inclusive society for people of all abilities. We plan on working with other community partners to create housing innovations that offer a range of supports so people have all the independence and community interaction they need.

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