For nearly 50 years, Renascent has offered hope and healing to men, women and families struggling with addiction.
The Renascent Fellowship was founded in 1970 by Paul J. Sullivan and a group of businessmen, half of whom were recovering alcoholics, with the goal of opening a new type of treatment centre. Renascent’s centre would be a 12 step, abstinence-based and gender-specific drug and alcohol recovery program. Planning took place over the next year.
On October 20, 1971, our first client, Donald, walked through the doors of Renascent. More than 45,000 clients would follow him over the next 45 years.
Ten years later, Renascent opened the first women-only residential treatment centre. Based on the same principles as the successful men’s treatment program, Renascent now had a rehab centre in which they could address the unique needs of women recovering from addiction. We know that women need different care, they have specialized concerns, and generally are more advanced in their disease by the time the seek help.
The Renascent Foundation was incorporated in 1983 to enhance funding for the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction and ensure that no one would be turned away for lack of funds. With the support of the Foundation through our generous donors, Renascent began to offer programs for families whose loved ones struggle with the illness of addiction.
Renascent rented a number of facilities throughout its history, including Beatty House, Spadina House, Bayview House (the Vaughan Estate), Philips House and Walker House.
Renascent now owns and operates four treatment centres: the Paul J. Sullivan Centre for men in Brooklin, the Punanai Centre for men in Toronto, the Graham Munro Centre for women in Toronto, and the Lillian and Don Wright Family Health Centre in Toronto – home to our head office and family programs.
Today, we are Ontario’s largest residential treatment provider and a national leader in the field. We have maintained a steadfast commitment to our values and vision.
Using our comprehensive treatment program, our clients can enjoy lifelong recovery with freedom from drugs and alcohol. By combining evidence-based and innovative treatment modalities with the traditional 12-step approach, Renascent continues to shine as a leader in treatment.