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Empower Simcoe Foundation

Health, Social Service


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 bring about a more inclusive society.

In our day-to-day work, we fund many basic needs for individuals and families, from assistive devices to recreation and bus fares. Our long-term outlook includes special projects and investments in new construction, such as housing initiatives that ensure everyone has a home they can call their own.

In short, our focus is on community benefit, from the individual and the household to society at large.


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 and other facilities operated by Empower Simcoe;
  • 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 helping to build an innovative supported living home in Oro-Medonte. Lakeshore Ridge will provide a safe, secure environment with 24/7 support for a few individuals with multiple and complex needs. Without this new home, they would live in an institutional setting.

Building Lakeshore Ridge was made possible in part through past gifts from Empower Simcoe Foundation legacy 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 ensures that everyone has the chance 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 are 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 for a meaningful life.

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