Business Number: 896155629RR0001

Our Mission

Empower Simcoe (formerly Simcoe Community Services) responds to community needs through inclusive supports and services that enhance the quality of all lives.

As an organization dedicated to service, we work mindfully to empower individual goals, while treating everyone with respect and dignity.

Our mission is to empower people to lead a full and inclusive life, by providing the highest quality of services. We are a welcoming organization that provides everyone with the opportunity to Be, Belong, and Thrive.

Empower Simcoe Foundation raises funds to enhance and extend the agency's mission.

For more information and to discuss additional ways to contribute, please visit www.empowersimcoe.ca/foundation or contact Doug Cleverley, Donor Relations Coordinator at dcleverley@empowersimcoe.ca

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Facebook: facebook.com/EmpowerSimcoe

Twitter: @EmpowerSimcoe



Many people with intellectual disabilities are living on or below the poverty line. The Foundation, established in 1998, partners directly with Empower Simcoe in supporting thousands of adults and children with intellectual disabilities and their families across Simcoe County. Funds raised by the Foundation go directly to individuals and families for services and supports that receive limited or no government funding.

Empower Simcoe was established in 1953 by concerned parents wishing to offer their children with intellectual disabilities an alternative to institutional placement. Today, it is a multi-service agency that provides a wide range of programs and services to people at every life stage. The vision of the agency is “spark the unlimited potential of all people.”

What People Are Saying

"I’m very happy with how much Empower Simcoe has supported me throughout my life. The Empower Simcoe Job Readiness team is also helping me find work, and I’m looking forward to moving into my own place. Thank you Empower Simcoe for helping me prepare for my future."

— Jordan, Employment Support Services participant, Read More

"Our family is so incredibly grateful for the support from Empower Simcoe [Infant Development Program]. Because of this support, we have been able to adjust to Sydney’s needs and maintain an active and stimulating environment for our family."

— Jennifer, mother of premature infant Sydney, Read More

"We have all heard the cliché 'Follow your passion, and you will never work a day in your life'; well this is true for me. As a Family Support Worker, seeing children and families reach beyond their expected potential creates a love for my job that is not easily expressed. "

— Family Support Worker Jamie Ellis, Read More

"At Old Navy in Barrie, we believe it’s essential to support Empower Simcoe because they represent the heart of the community in how they help so many different people. This is an organization Old Navy wants to partner with. "

— Paige Jones, General Manager Old Navy, Barrie, Read More

"I’m an advocate for individuals who have developmental disabilities, and I continue to work with Empower Simcoe because I support its philosophy and the systems in place to ensure it meets its goals of attaining the highest quality of personalized supports for individuals and families."

— Deb Morrow, Independent Rights Committee member, Read More

"You helped me save my life. Without you, I would have ended up back in jail or dead."

— Robin, participant in the Regional Housing Support Program, Read More

"Our experience with Empower Simcoe’s Infant Development Program was supportive and extraordinary! You were able to respond and support our family to access the services that were right for all of us. We are very grateful for this support. "

— LeeAnn and Geoff, parents of twins supported by the Infant Development, Read More

"I was privileged to chair our 2018 Celebrating Community Champions Fashion Show where we raised over $25,000. I am proud to know what an integral role Empower Simcoe has in the lives of the people they support."

— Victoria Ptasiuk, volunteer, donor, board member, Read More

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