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With your help, Exceptional Families can thrive.
This year has been a journey for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in ways great and small. It has made us realize many things, such as the capacity for generosity in our community and how precious time is with family and friends.
Perhaps the biggest realization has been just how important it is to stay connected to each other and to our community. This is especially so for exceptional families who experience isolation every day. In a time when connecting has become more difficult, WRFN continues to come through for families.
The connections made through WRFN are many. For them to seamlessly continue, and reach even more families, we need your support. Your gift is especially important because WRFN does not receive direct government funding. Every dollar donated helps exceptional families in our community get connected to the people and resources they need.
When a family learns their child has a disability, the need for support is immediate. Parents are overwhelmed by how their family’s life will change forever. There are decisions to be made about education, therapy, funding and care, not only for the child but also for caregivers. These are the families who reach out to WRFN. We connect them. You give them hope for this lifelong journey.
Finding support from others who have experienced similar challenges is invaluable. Virtual WRFN support groups and social groups are safe and welcoming spaces that foster meaningful connections where loneliness is replaced by acceptance, understanding and a friendly smile.
“Feeling connected to others, sharing challenges & ideas, helps us climb back up when we are feeling down." ~ WRFN Parent
Volunteer Parent Mentors share ideas and strategies to combat feelings of isolation that so often overwhelm those struggling with new feelings and questions. Families also connect with our Family Resource Coach or Self-Advocacy Liaison to learn of resources and gain insight.
“The kind of comfort you get by being connected, to someone who truly understands you, is amazing.” ~ WRFN Parent
Our network has already helped over 2500 families connect to vital resources as well as to each other. Over 400 direct parent mentor matches have been made. There are so many more families who need connections, now, more than ever before. Exceptional families need you. Let’s travel this journey together.
Create truly meaningful connections with your gift, today.
Donating is easy and, for a time, your donation will be matched. You can donate online at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/waterloo-region-family-network/campaign/2020_annual_appeal/
or mail a cheque to
65 Hanson Ave.
“THANK YOU for all that you do. You have made a difference in our lives!”
~ WRFN Parent
Enjoy a safe holiday season and let’s stay connected!
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This year has been extraordinary. Our society is undergoing a sea change. The most remarkable has been the movement to acknowledge systemic racism that is present in our culture sparked by the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd in the United States. This movement has spread around the globe including Canada, and the
The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) acknowledges the racism present in our society. We are committed to combating it and calling it out when witnessed. We are committed to listening and learning and continuing to help exceptional families and individuals thrive regardless of race or colour. Racism has no place here.
WRFN's Mission Statement reads:
As a peer-developed and peer-driven network, WRFN is uniquely able
to help exceptional families and individuals thrive. Through education and meaningful connections, we offer support in making informed decisions
for now and through all life stages.
This statement can also be applied to look inward. We will join our peers and partners in listening and seeking to help end systemic racism. We will seek out education and meaningful connections on how best to combat racism and we will use that information when making decisions that affect us all.
Our Family Resource Coach can help with navigating services and supports and connecting to programs and activities in our community by drawing on a number of resources for each family's unique situation.
WRFN's Parent Mentor Program provides a means for parents to connect, guide and support each other to feel understood and less isolated.
Our programs provide participants with a warm, caring setting where they can feel welcome and safe, knowing they're surrounded by others who understand.
Our strong, trusted relationships with families and local school boards has positioned us as an important liason for school issues. This approach includes personalized guidance and navigation of the school system.
Our events, seminars and workshops provide information
and opportunities to meet other families so you are equipped with knowledge and connected to others travelling similar journeys.
Sue Simpson, Executive Director of WRFN, offers a message of hope.
Beginning March 17, 2020 Waterloo Regional Family Network began operating remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. We are still working hard to help exceptional individuals and their families and are available through email, telephone, and social media.