Families Matter Co-Operative

Families Matter Co-Operative Families Matter Co-Operative supports families assisting loved ones with developmental disabilities in the Ottawa area.

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CALLING ALL LOCAL ARTISTSFMC is seeking original art of any medium (music, theatre, poetry, dance, visuals, projections,...
08/19/2021
Pop-Up Art Exhibit- Call to artists — Families Matter Co-op

CALLING ALL LOCAL ARTISTS

FMC is seeking original art of any medium (music, theatre, poetry, dance, visuals, projections, film, and installations, etc.) to participate in a pop-up art gallery fundraiser event.

Deadline: September 28th, 2021

For more information: https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca/events/pop-up-art-gallery-fundraiser-event

FMC is calling all local artists (hobbyists and professionals alike) to apply to participate in our upcoming Pop-Up Art Gallery fundraiser event in November. Artist must complete the art submission form by no later than Tuesday, September 28, 2021. We are seeking original art of any medium (mu

We are conducting member/network check ins, to see how you and your family are doing, and to get your thoughts on what F...
07/30/2021

We are conducting member/network check ins, to see how you and your family are doing, and to get your thoughts on what FMC can do in the next phase of the pandemic to better support families.

Participating families will receive a handmade sock monkey (crafted by a friend of FMC, while quantities last) and be entered in a draw for a chance to win a backyard and BBQ prize package worth over $100.

Simply send us ([email protected]) your phone number and preferred timeframe (morning/afternoon/evening, weekday/weekend) and a FMC team member will contact you.

Your input is greatly appreciated and truly valued. Thank you.

We are conducting member/network check ins, to see how you and your family are doing, and to get your thoughts on what FMC can do in the next phase of the pandemic to better support families.

Participating families will receive a handmade sock monkey (crafted by a friend of FMC, while quantities last) and be entered in a draw for a chance to win a backyard and BBQ prize package worth over $100.

Simply send us ([email protected]) your phone number and preferred timeframe (morning/afternoon/evening, weekday/weekend) and a FMC team member will contact you.

Your input is greatly appreciated and truly valued. Thank you.

Spring Into Action Challenge is an action packed six (6) week challenge where people of all ages and abilities throughou...
05/25/2021

Spring Into Action Challenge is an action packed six (6) week challenge where people of all ages and abilities throughout the Ottawa region will come together from the safety of their own homes to set a personal or team goal, raise donations, and celebrate accomplishments through written, photo or video storytelling. Everyone who registers and completes the challenge will have a chance to win many great prizes.

Register today, it is free

https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca/spring-into-action

Spring Into Action Challenge is an action packed six (6) week challenge where people of all ages and abilities throughout the Ottawa region will come together from the safety of their own homes to set a personal or team goal, raise donations, and celebrate accomplishments through written, photo or video storytelling. Everyone who registers and completes the challenge will have a chance to win many great prizes.

Register today, it is free

https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca/spring-into-action

It's official, Families Matter Cooperative has moved back into www.heartwoodhouse.ca located at:c/o Heartwood House     ...
04/30/2021
Heartwood House

It's official, Families Matter Cooperative has moved back into www.heartwoodhouse.ca located at:

c/o Heartwood House 404 McArthur Avenue Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 1G8

“One roof, many voices; a community model for social change.”

Shared Space for Ottawa Non-Profit and Charity Organizations - Virtual and Permanent Space for Rent  - Better Together Under One Roof since 2001

Thank you to our friends at LiveWorkPlay, FMC members have access to free tickets for the upcoming event- Joe Roberts: "...
04/06/2021
Buy tickets / Join the guestlist for Joe Roberts: "How to build resiliency one step at a time - From Skid Row to CEO" a special event by FPTC.ca on Zoom, Wed 28 Apr 2021 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Thank you to our friends at LiveWorkPlay, FMC members have access to free tickets for the upcoming event- Joe Roberts: "How to build resiliency one step at a time - From Skid Row to CEO" a special event by FPTC.ca (only one ticket per household is needed). Go to https://www.tickettailor.com/events/liveworkplay/504890/# to claim your ticket today (Please note that a limited number of free tickets are available).

Joe Roberts: "How to build resiliency one step at a time - From Skid Row to CEO" a special event by FPTC.ca on Zoom, Wed 28 Apr 2021 - Inspiring Possibilities During A PandemicDuring the last year, every one of us has been confronted by adversity, challenge and change.

https://www.togetherensemble2021.ca/MCCSS in partnership with the Ottawa planning tables (ODSN and TPSC) have a series o...
03/26/2021
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https://www.togetherensemble2021.ca/

MCCSS in partnership with the Ottawa planning tables (ODSN and TPSC) have a series of FREE webinars on various topics in order to provide mental health support to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. You must go to https://www.togetherensemble2021.ca/ to register

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services of the EAST REGION (MCCSS), in partnership with the planning tables of Ottawa (ODSN and TPSC) and the input of local family groups (DANEO, FMC, CFFO) are proud to offer in the next few weeks, several free webinars on various topics in order to....

Community Living Toronto is offering a free Mental health for adults with developmental disabilities during COVID-19: A ...
03/12/2021
Mental health for adults with developmental disabilities during COVID-19: A virtual course for family caregivers | ConnectABILITY

Community Living Toronto is offering a free Mental health for adults with developmental disabilities during COVID-19: A virtual course for family caregivers. For more information or to register please go to:

https://connectability.ca/2021/02/24/mental-health-for-adults-with-developmental-disabilities-during-covid-19-a-virtual-course-for-family-caregivers-2/

A website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people who have an intellectual disability, their families and support networks.

03/05/2021

Sadly, one of our board member’s sibling passed away recently. She is discussing with the Durham Association for Family Resources and Supports (DAFRS) the possibility of transferring his individualized residential funding. There may be an opportunity for another person who would like to design their own supports using IF. These funds can be combined with Passport funding.

If you or someone you know is interested, please reach out.

03/04/2021

https://www.togetherensemble2021.ca/

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services of the EAST REGION (MCCSS),in partnership with the Ottawa planning tables (ODSN and TPSC), are proud to offer in the next few weeks, a series of FREE webinars on various topics in order to provide mental health support to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. You must go to https://www.togetherensemble2021.ca/ to register

02/20/2021

What resources have your loved ones accessed to help build the skills, knowledge, and confidence to engage in meaningful interpersonal relationships (friendship, love and sexuality)?

02/04/2021

MCCSS has approved some funds to support virtual sessions for family members and self-advocates during the month of February and March. We are currently compiling a list of potential guest speakers, themes, and or panels/panelists. Your input is needed... please send your suggestions and ideas to Jeff Bond at [email protected] by Friday 9am.

Last call... complete this survey for a chance to win a Bridgehead gift card. Complete this 3 minute survey friendship, ...
01/30/2021
Friendship, love and sexuality

Last call... complete this survey for a chance to win a Bridgehead gift card. Complete this 3 minute survey friendship, love and sexuality by Sunday, January 31 and you'll be entered in a draw for a chance to win a $10 Bridgehead gift card. Don't forget to to email Jeff at [email protected] once completed.

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Don't miss out on this lunch & learn coming up on Wednesday from 12-1pm. https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca/events/steps-...
01/26/2021
How person-directed planning can lead to a better life — Families Matter Co-op

Don't miss out on this lunch & learn coming up on Wednesday from 12-1pm.

https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca/events/steps-to-a-better-life-amidst-the-pandemic

This informative session will be conducted virtually, and facilitated by Hélène Courchesne, Able2's Program Manager. She will provide an overview of how Able2's person-directed planning can support a better life for your loved ones with a developmental/intellectual disability, outline the benefits...

The one-time, non-taxable covid-19 payment of up to $600 for persons with disabilities is being deposited today! There i...
10/30/2020
One-time payment to persons with disabilities - Canada.ca

The one-time, non-taxable covid-19 payment of up to $600 for persons with disabilities is being deposited today!

There is no application - the payment is automatic if you are eligible.

The Government of Canada announced a one-time payment to help persons with disabilities face the extraordinary expenses encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic

Destiny's Way Support Services in Nepean has launched a new adult day program called "Seize the Day” serving adults with...
09/14/2020
Seize the Day Adult Program | Destiny's Way Support Services

Destiny's Way Support Services in Nepean has launched a new adult day program called "Seize the Day” serving adults with developmental disabilities and still have places available.
For more information, please contact:
Keisha Lewis, Program Coordinator
[email protected]

Seize the Day Adult Program For Our Developmental Community Apply Now Seize The Day Adult Program Learn Together, Grow Together Program Values: Longevity, Community, Lifestyle The purpose of this program is to enhance the day program experience for our clients by creating an atmosphere of freedom, e...

LAST CHANCE to buy your bingo cards and raffle tickets for our fundraiser event tomorrow! Register at www.familiesmatter...
08/12/2020

LAST CHANCE to buy your bingo cards and raffle tickets for our fundraiser event tomorrow!

Register at www.familiesmattercoop.ca

Register for our Virtual Bingo Fundraiser before Wednesday, August 12th at MIDNIGHT!Buy your bingo cards and raffle tick...
08/11/2020

Register for our Virtual Bingo Fundraiser before Wednesday, August 12th at MIDNIGHT!

Buy your bingo cards and raffle tickets here: www.familiesmattercoop.ca

5 days until our virtual bingo fundraiser! Don't miss it!Have you registered yet?Register NOW at www.familiesmattercoop....
08/09/2020

5 days until our virtual bingo fundraiser! Don't miss it!

Have you registered yet?

Register NOW at www.familiesmattercoop.ca

Thank you Little Jo Berry's for donating a prize for our Virtual Bingo event!We'll see you all next week, so make sure y...
08/07/2020

Thank you Little Jo Berry's for donating a prize for our Virtual Bingo event!

We'll see you all next week, so make sure you buy your bingo cards and raffle tickets right away for your chance to win!

Register today at: www.familiesmattercoop.ca

Thank you Bridgehead Coffee for donating gift cards in support of our virtual bingo fundraiser! Win your own Bridgehead ...
08/06/2020

Thank you Bridgehead Coffee for donating gift cards in support of our virtual bingo fundraiser!
Win your own Bridgehead gift card or one of our other fabulous prizes on August 13th! See you there!
Register today: https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca

Families Matter Co-op would like to thank Wellington Village Massage Therapy for their generous donation of two 1hr mass...
07/28/2020

Families Matter Co-op would like to thank Wellington Village Massage Therapy for their generous donation of two 1hr massage gift cards as prizes for our Virtual Bingo Fundraiser!

For more information and registration check out our website: https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca/events

Meet our the host of our virtual bingo fundraiser: Ashley Wright! She has hosted FMC events before and we are SO gratefu...
07/22/2020

Meet our the host of our virtual bingo fundraiser: Ashley Wright! She has hosted FMC events before and we are SO grateful to have her back again in this new online forum!

Buy your bingo cards here to join Ashley and FMC on August 13th: https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca/events

About Ashley: Ashley Wright is a freelance journalist and journalism educator living in Ottawa. She has worked for CBC off and on for about 30 years - in Halifax, Charlottetown, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Ottawa. She has taught Journalism at Carleton University and Algonquin College. Ashley is the co-founder of an educational website on the history of the Residential School system in Canada. She has conducted interview/communication workshops in high schools, with business executives, and with special needs students. She has also worked with students living in First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario, guiding them in how to do video interviews with elders in their communities. Ashley is thrilled to be part of this Family Matters event.

Families Matter Co-op wants to invite you to our digital bingo fundraiser!A great family activity that you can enjoy saf...
07/13/2020

Families Matter Co-op wants to invite you to our digital bingo fundraiser!

A great family activity that you can enjoy safely from home while supporting the Families Matter Community.

About our digital bingo night:
When: August 13, 7-8:30pm EST
Where: Safe at home!
How:
Purchase your bingo cards through the FMC website
Cards are 3 for $20, 6 for $35 or 10 for $50.
Each card package comes with raffle tickets.
Additional raffle tickets available for purchase at the rate of 1 for $5 or 3 for $10.
Upon purchasing we will then send your cards and the link to the live ZOOM event via email.

This bingo game will be hosted by CBC Radio’s Ashley Wright and will give you the chance to win some awesome prizes! Purchase your bingo cards and raffle tickets to register for this event now and be sure to like us on Facebook to stay updated on prizes and future events!
Purchase bingo cards here: https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca/store-2

Thank you in advance for your support and we can’t wait to see you there.

Accessibility:
Bingo requires participants to have a basic understanding of a combination of letters and single and double digit numbers. For example: B82, N60, O3
These letter/number combinations will be displayed on the screen via screen sharing.
Bingo can absolutely be played as a family or team so that everyone can be included.
Please message us if you have any questions about how to access this event and we would love to help!

About Families Matter Co-op:
Families Matter Cooperative offers workshops, seminars and networking events that empower families and foster networks of support to build the capacity of individuals with developmental disabilities so they can live full and inclusive lives.

More about Families Matter Co-op here: https://www.familiesmattercoop.ca

Come join us.
06/03/2020
Dovercourt Dance and Parent Group — Families Matter Co-op

Come join us.

While our loved ones are enjoying the virtual dance party hosted by Citizen Advocacy, FMC invites parents, siblings, and caregivers to join the online parent group. Facilitated by our volunteer facilitator Marianne, participants can identify the topics they would like to discuss upon registration.

Temporary changes to eligible expenses under the Passport Program. New eligible expenses include:- Sensory Items- Techno...
05/22/2020
Help with daily living: Passport | Ministry of Community and Social Services

Temporary changes to eligible expenses under the Passport Program. New eligible expenses include:
- Sensory Items
- Technology
- Activities and items to support home-based recreation and fitness activities that would otherwise be accessed through day programs and other community-based programs
- Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies
- Essential Service Delivery Fees
- Behavioural Support Plans and Related Interventions

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are temporarily expanding the list of eligible expenses under the Passport program to support people and their families while community-based activities and settings are closed. These changes allow you to use your funding for goods and services that may make....

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Just asking everyone to say a prayer for FMC's Treasurer Vania Karam and her mother. Vania's mother is in the last stage of Alzheimer's and Vania has been sleeping at her care centre while she is in palliative care. Pray for a peaceful ending.
Don't miss out on upcoming lunch & learns, check out the December line up here:
Hello everyone, just sharing some great information on the topic of Family Managed Home Care funding that's provided through the LHIN for anyone living at home with disabilities. #FMHC #directfunded #homecare DirectFunding provides free consultations if you are interested.
Don't forget to register for the Coffee Houses!
Hi FMC!
Hoping that everyone is fairing well in this pandemic which is making transition planning for post high school very challenging for those upcoming grads...... if you have tips or ideas on how to navigate this please share them!