TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF ONTARIO’S MOST VULNERABLE YOUTH.
Mental health and behavioural issues do not discriminate. Children and youth from all walks of life are impacted.
Consequences can be quite serious, often leading to poor academic achievement, self-harm and substance abuse, conflict with the law, health problems, and sometimes, suicidality. These can continue into adulthood, affecting them, their families and friends, communities as a whole, and the healthy development of the next generation.
Access to the mental health support they need and deserve can change the course of their life.
Help vulnerable youth feel safe, pursue their education, get and stay healthy while receiving the mental health treatment they need.
YOUR DONATIONS IN ACTION
“THE POWER OF A BAG”
Many youths who come to the Roberts/Smart Centre have no home and have had up to 40 placements before finding their way to us. They arrive with all of their things in garbage bags. These bags contain torn or dirty clothes, often that don’t fit, and sometimes miscellaneous papers – items with little meaning to the youth.
During their time with us, the youth start to use their allowance to purchase things they value – clothes that fit them, hygiene products, and personal items. All of these new possessions go into a new duffle bag. Following their treatment with us, the kids discard the original garbage bag and most of its contents.
No youth leaves Roberts/Smart with a garbage bag.
“AN EDUCATION AND HELPING OTHERS”
“I had parents that struggled with mental health issues and addiction. Growing up in this environment impacted my mental health, and I learned unhealthy coping skills. I struggled to trust adults in my life.
I was 14 years old when I was placed at the Roberts/Smart Centre. I felt like my life had hit a low. I felt hopeless. With the help of the staff, I was able to find better-coping strategies, something that I struggled with. I found that the staff was always kind and patient with me, even when I tested their limits.
I began to see value in myself again and gained hope.
I have since gone to college and became a Registered Practical Nurse, having decided that I wanted to devote my career to mental health to help others the way I have been helped. I am married to an amazing husband, and we have two sons who are the light of our life.
Because of Roberts/Smart, I found trust and an understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like”. – C.
“LEARNING TO BE HEALTHY”
“I wasn’t your typical 12-year-old girl. I didn’t feel like I belonged. I just didn’t feel like I was a good person. I started self-harming and spent five months in the hospital. It was one of the most frightening experiences I’ve ever had.
Roberts Smart was quite different. At first, I didn’t like it and was really focussed on getting out. I had to play sports. I was overweight and asthmatic, and that sucked. Eventually, I was able to acknowledge my issues by starting to socialize more and getting back that power that the hospital took from me. Things improved. I wasn’t perfect, but I was far better and I felt like a person again.
It takes a lot of work but you can pull yourself back up. Roberts/Smart taught me that I am the person who writes my own story”.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
TO DONATE USING A CREDIT CARD:
Canada Helps will immediately issue an electronic tax receipt.
TO DONATE BY CHEQUE:
Drop off or mail a cheque payable to the Roberts/Smart Centre
104-1737 Woodward Drive
Ottawa, ON, K2P 0C9
Roberts/Smart will mail your tax receipt.
Matching Gift Programs:
Many Canadian companies offer a matching gift program to their employees by matching donations at 1,2, or 3 times the gift made by the employee to charitable organizations. Help multiply your donation by contacting your Human Resources Department to see if your company has a matching gift program.
Check to see if your workplace is registered with Benevity. The corporate social responsibility platform that makes it easy to see if your company has a matching program.
Please think of us when making your GCWCC or United Way Pledge
When considering your contribution to the Charitable Workplace Campaign or United Way Campaign, we hope you will consider directing your pledge to the Roberts/Smart Centre (Charitable Registration 107805723 RR 0001). This is a simple way to make a sustaining donation to help ensure that youth and families living with complex mental health and behavioural issues continue to get the help that they need.
For more information about how to support out work, please contact:
Manager of Development and Community Engagement
613-728-1946 ext. 616