Family Resource Centre
Who We Are/History
St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre, a member of Catholic Charities, is a non-profit, non-denominational, community-based organization that has been integrating children, youth, and adults with developmental and/or physical challenges, such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Blindness, etc., with their “able” peers since 1992.
The agency was founded in 1990. Founder, Angie Carboni, utilized her social work background as well as the experience of front line workers from various social service agencies across Metro Toronto to assess the needs of families with physically and/or developmentally challenged children. The results of the needs-assessment survey clearly demonstrated the need for ongoing parent relief for these families and thus prompted the development of our current services. In May of 1991, St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre formed its Board of Directors. In November that same year, the agency became incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization.
Our Charitable Registration number is: 13586 6721 RR0001
We are open to everyone who needs our help, regardless of ability, financial status, nationality, ethnicity or religion. We currently serve a variety of individuals in the community. Through programs like Sara’s Corner, We Need a Break, Breakfast Club, After School Club, March Break Camp and Summer Camp, we serve children from birth to age 12. Each of these services provides an inclusive environment where children with developmental/physical challenges can interact with their “able” peers. Our parent relief programs and support groups enable caregivers to better face the challenges encountered in raising a child.
Our aim at St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre is not only to provide supportive services to caregivers, but to enhance and improve the quality of life of each individual who takes part in any one of our programs. On average, we serve about 350 children, youth and adults in the city of Toronto. We also serve youth/adults ages 18+, through our day program called, St. Jude’s Academy of the Arts.
I felt that it was important for me to take the time and share the miraculous story of the formation of St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre. It was initiated out of love for His children by our Lord. In 1987, I was introduced to a spiritual woman who did not know anything about my life before she met me. At this point of my life, I had a small child, very little faith and a lot of confusion and difficulties. The lady that I had met was aware through the grace of God, of all my difficulties. Not only was she able to confirm my fears and my personal problems, but was sent to me as God’s messenger to renew and revive my lost faith.
In 1987, after suffering much heartache and losing a job, the Lord sent me a messenger to inform me that my life was going to change. He had a mission that He wanted me to complete called St. Bernadette’s. This would be successful if I focused on prayer and followed His guidance. I was told at that time that I would establish this agency for children and that I would receive a sign from God as to when it would begin.
Mr. Raymond Graham
Mr. Robert Raisp
Ms. Marilyn McGoey
Ms. Lucy Pede
Mrs. Micky Giordano
Mr. Johnny Biafore
Ms. Domenica Fiorini
Mr. Ernesto Arduini
Ms. Catherine Huebel
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St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre is committed to developing policies, practices, and procedures that provide accessible quality services to its clients and their children. Services will be provided to clients with disabilities in a manner that promotes and respects dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity.
St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. is dedicated to ensuring all programs and services are accessible to clients and their children in accordance with Ontario Regulation 429.07 Accessibility Standards for Customer Services.
St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. will endeavour to ensure that the Policy and related practices and procedures are consistent with the following four (4) core principles:
Persons with a disability must be treated as valued clients as deserving of service as any other customer.
Equality of Opportunity
Persons with a disability should be given an opportunity equal to that given to others to obtain, use and benefit from our services.
Wherever possible, persons with a disability should benefit from our services in the same place and in the same or similar manner as any other customer. In circumstances where integration does not serve the needs of the person with a disability, services will, to the extent possible, be provided in another way that takes into account the person’s individual needs.
Services must be provided in a way that respects the independence of persons with a disability. To this end, we will always be willing to assist a person with a disability but will not do so without the express permission of the person.
St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. provides services to all children and their families including those with disabilities. Every effort will be made to ensure the following:
The service will be provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities.
The provision of services to clients with disabilities will be integrated unless an alternative measure is necessary, whether temporarily or permanently, to enable clients with a disability to participate in the services offered by St. Bernadette’s F.R.C.
The above policies and procedures will apply to all services that are delivered by St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. including services delivered in person, by telephone, electronically, visually, orally or by written materials.
All Accessibility Policies of St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. are available to our clients. Alternative formats are available upon request.