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Bellwoods: Innovating Independence
Established almost 60 years ago, Bellwoods is a charitable, not-for-profit organization providing community based, client directed support services, client and family centred care, Independent Living education programs, and accessible, affordable housing for persons with physical support needs living in the Toronto area. Bellwoods has been accredited by Accreditation Canada since 2007 and in 2013, received the highest accreditation decision of “Accredited with Exemplary Standing.”
Bellwoods focuses on meeting community needs through partnership development to support health system priorities. Our personal support services and Independent Living Programs are available to clients who live in the community, in our Housing Hubs or Supportive Housing projects. Our voluntary Board of Directors represent the communities we serve.
A Bellwoods PDF presentation – An Overview, is available for download.
The Impact Bellwoods Makes
“It has been my privilege to have the opportunity to work with the clients and staff of Bellwoods. I started as a temp in 1981, and was hired 4 months later to a permanent position in 1982. Over the past 34 years, I have worked in a variety of positions, starting as a Support Service Worker and now working as a Supervisor of Support Services. I have seen the organization grow from strength to strength. My personal goal from day one has been to: do all the good I can, in all the ways I can, to all the people I can, and for as long as I can. In this health service sector, people don’t care how much we know, it’s that they want to know how much we care.”Dorothy RodriquesSupervisor of Support Services
“I am very grateful for the assistance and support that Bellwoods has provided to me along my journey and throughout my transitions. Despite the challenges, I am thankful especially to the MILE Program staff for all of their support, assistance to get my own apartment, and help with my transition to my own home in Mimico so that I can live independently.”Mabrate Melesa GamachuMimico Apartment Project Client
“I have lived at Bellwoods since 1979. During the earlier years I lived at Shaw Street, then I moved to Church Street and in the year 2008, I moved to Dundas. I have seen many positive changes over the years. Bellwoods has grown, and I now have my own apartment and live independently with support from staff when needed. I love my independence which I have been able to maintain while living at Bellwoods, and I have grown fond of the staff whom I have met over the years.”Cyril HigginsDundas Project Client
“I have worked at Bellwoods for 9 years. In my current position, I really enjoy working on Bellwoods’ communication materials, both print and electronic. In the last three years, I have worked on our newsletters, community report and website. This process has highlighted the importance accessibility plays in all Bellwoods communication materials.”Anna YipCommunications Support Co-ordinator
“I came to Bellwoods in the Spring of 2015 because of the increasing health challenges associated with my disabilities. As I came through the doors, I felt welcomed and safe. Because of the staff and residents here at Bellwoods’ Dundas, I have grown to feel a sense of freedom and well-being I never felt before.”Cheryl BakerDundas Project Client
“I have worked in the Supportive Housing Services for 5 years at Bellwoods and I sincerely enjoy our teamwork at our 1082 Dundas Project – working with my colleagues and the management team. I also enjoy working with clients towards leading an independent life. I appreciate their drive to uphold their independence.”Tesfaye AdemDundas Project, Support Service Worker
“I have worked for Bellwoods’ Attendant Outreach Services since 2001, and it has been my great pleasure to work here. I take part in the Health and Safety Committee and know first-hand how committed Bellwoods is to safety – both staff and client safety. I am proud to be part of Bellwoods, and look forward to being here for many more years to come.”Jacintha PhillipAttendant Outreach Services (AOS)Support Service Worker