Ottawa Social Services Agencies Receive Funding Boost



    Investment Recognizes The Important Community Work Of Local Agencies

    OTTAWA, April 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing almost
$1.5 million in 13 Ottawa and eastern Ontario social services organizations
that serve people with developmental disabilities, and women and their
children fleeing domestic violence.
    "This funding recognizes the significant community contributions these
organizations make to the well-being of our citizens and of our province,"
said Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur. "We're
helping community agencies to keep their facilities accessible, safe and
secure for people who need their services."
    These grants will go to projects that will help to improve the quality of
life for thousands of Ontarians in eastern Ontario.
    "These funds represent more than a financial investment. They are a
social investment which will allow us to adapt to better meet the demand for
support as well as the increasing needs of our aging clients," said Dr.
Suzanne Rydzyk, president of the Board of Director of l'Association pour
l'intégration communautaire d'Ottawa. "The services we offer to people with a
developmental disability support their integration into our communities, which
contributes at the same time to their personal evolution and to the richness
of our communities."
    This budget funding is in addition to the government's recent economic
stimulus announcement which included $1.7 million to Lanark County's Interval
House shelter and $2 million for the North Lanark Community Health Centre.
    "By supporting agencies that work for people who need a little extra
help, we are helping to build stronger, safer communities for us all," said
Meilleur.

    Contact:
    John Letherby
    Communications and Marketing Branch
    416-325-5187

    Disponible en français

    
                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca


    Backgrounder
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         STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY CARE FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OTTAWA

    The McGuinty government is improving the province's social services system
with grants of more than $9 million to 48 community agencies that provide
direct services to people in need. These investments will stimulate economic
activity and improve the quality of life for people with a developmental
disability, women and their children fleeing violence in their homes, and
others who are vulnerable.
    Community developmental services agencies provide residential and day
programs for people with a developmental disability, as well as services and
support for those who are caring for loved ones in their homes.
    Violence against women agencies provide safe shelters for women and their
children, as well as transitional housing and support as women work to create
a new life for themselves and their children, free of violence.
    In Ottawa and eastern Ontario, 13 agencies are receiving a total of
$1,449,395.


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    Agency                                                      Project Cost
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    Association pour l'integration sociale d'Ottawa (AISO)        $  148,525
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    Interval House of Ottawa-Carleton                             $   46,000
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    L'Arche Ottawa                                                $   18,930
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    Lanark Community Support Services                             $  450,000
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    Maison d'Amitié                                               $  105,000
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    Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental
     Disabilities                                                 $  191,840
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    Minwasshin Lodge                                              $  242,900
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    Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills Inc.                               $   47,500
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    Ottawa Foyers Partage                                         $   65,000
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    Tamir Foundation                                              $   12,000
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    Total Communications Environment                              $    9,700
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    St. Stephen's Residence of Ottawa Inc.                        $    7,000
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    Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre                      $  105,000
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    Total                                                         $1,449,395
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    Disponible en français

                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Marc Despatie, Minister's Office, (416)
433-8584; John Letherby, Ministry of Community and Social Services, (416)
325-5187

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