The Waterloo Region Family Network identified that it was important that individuals with special needs also feel a sense of community and be connected with each other. Out of this need, Coffee Club was born.

Coffee Club is a drop-in social group for people with disabilities, ages 16 and up, that focuses on creating community through planned social activities.  Some of these activities include art, trying new types of physical activity, playing games, and watching movies. We also meet for dinner at restaurants and attend community events and festivals.  We meet twice a month, on Monday evenings from 7 to 9pm. For more information, please contact Carmen Sutherland at or 519-886-9150 x3.


“I like Coffee Club because it’s a fun place to go where no one judges you!”

- Coffee Club participant



Hi! I’m Carmen Sutherland.  I have a background in Rehabilitation Counseling, and have been running Coffee Club since October of 2011, as well as helping to run other programs – LADDER and Coffee Club: Life Chat.  I love young adults, community and food, three think you can (almost) always find at Coffee Club!