CEO and Board President’s Message
50 Years Strong
Fiscal Year 2019-20 marked Renascent’s 50th year of service, with our actual birthday falling on the last day of our fiscal year, March 31st. We opened our doors as a not-for-profit community organization in 1970, with a Board of Directors and staff committed to stepping up to meet the great need for addiction treatment in the community.
Fifty years later, we can look back to see the impact that Renascent has had in the lives of so many families battling addiction over the decades. Renascent has served over 50,000 people over this time, grown from seven to ninety treatment beds, and has developed and launched specialized programs for men, women, families, and children. Renascent has been a trailblazer in developing and offering food addiction programs, achieving and maintaining quality accreditation as a community provider, and establishing a dynamic Access Centre that manages about 25,000 calls with the public every year.
Throughout this journey, although Renascent has grown and changed, the organization has stayed focused on its mission of ensuring that quality addiction treatment is always available to those who need it, and that cost is never the barrier.
The Way Forward
Key highlights of our fiscal year 2019-20 include the development of our senior leadership team, with internal candidate Michael Lochran taking on the role of Program Director as Dennis James retired, and Dr. Mark Weiss joining our medical team to work alongside Dr. Vera Tarman. External partnerships and health system planning was another key area of focus. This included an ongoing partnership with CAMH to create care pathways, and new partnerships with the Midwest Toronto Ontario Health Team and the East Toronto Health Partners Ontario Health Team, as we work actively to build the new health system in Ontario.
Most importantly, last year we served over a thousand people in treatment programs at Renascent, and answered the calls for thousands more, providing support and system navigation.
And when the pandemic hit, creating great chaos and disruption across our lives and system, our team at Renascent stayed strong and committed, and found ways to innovate and continue to deliver our essential services, safely.
We cannot thank the amazing Renascent staff team enough. They navigated these waters and responded with new program models that kept residential treatment open and created new virtual treatment models that had never been considered before. And to all of our donors, funders, and volunteers who have continued to support our mission to provide treatment to those suffering from addiction: thank you for being there at this most difficult time.
We are facing unprecedented mental health and substance use hardships. We know that drinking and drug use is on the rise. But we are planning now, how we can rise to the occasion again, as we have done before, to bring innovation, resilience, and commitment to our mission.
To continue to grow, creatively and emotionally, in our quest to serve those who need us, will indeed be a great challenge, but we believe it is one that we can meet with confidence as we assess the team’s results over the last six months.
Thank you all for your support in making Renascent’s 50 Years so strong, and we hope you’ll continue on our journey with us as we take on the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Chief Executive Officer, Renascent Fellowship and Renascent Foundation
President and Chair, Renascent Fellowship Board and Renascent Foundation Board
1970-2020: 50 Years of Renascent
On March 31st, 2020, the very last day of our 2019-2020 fiscal year, Renascent celebrated 50 years of leadership in addiction treatment.
What began as a single house with seven beds (Beatty House, pictured) has become an accredited organization with over 50,000 clients served.
To commemorate our journey, we created a timeline of our 50 years, highlighting the milestones and the people who made them possible.
Staff, Board members, and alumni from across the decades contributed their stories.
“Not knowing what I was doing with my troubled life and making the best decision by entering the doors of Renascent, today I have a wonderful life on life’s terms. Not every day is easy but I do have the tools to get through anything; it’s called the 12 steps. I am always grateful for each new beginning of a new day and knowing I’m not alone. Thank you, Renascent, for saving my life.”
– Anthony Verombeck, alumni
“Michael Mazza recruited me. Had been serving as the Executive Director of the Oakville Arts Council and was looking to make changes and develop fundraising. At the time, I didn’t really connect the dots on how the family disease of addiction had impacted my life.”
– Joanne Steel
“My journey of recovery started at Renascent with the women who welcomed me when I first walked through the doors. Their inspiration and respect, along with their caring and reassurance, led me to persevere. On March 14th, 2005, I entered the Graham Munro Centre sober, shaky, scared, determined.
The next two and a half weeks were filled with self-reflection, insights and revelations. I’ll never forget the laughing, the crying and the bonding. I have returned to Renascent often since I graduated. I’ve come back to share, to volunteer, to find some serenity, courage and wisdom. I’ve always been welcomed home with open arms just like that first day.”
– Anne Page, alumni
“As with most individuals with an alcohol problem, I thought that perhaps I drank heavily but not to the point of concern. I had lost my job, my house, gone bankrupt but I was simply a victim of social bad luck. Things would only get better, they always do!!
Fast forward to the intake interview at Renascent Punanai:
Counsellor: Do you think that you have a drinking problem?
Me: It’s not a problem but I do drink more than most people and it is manageable.
Counsellor: Which of these groups have indicated that you, not definitely but maybe have a drinking problem? Family, friends, colleagues or neighbours?
Me: Well, some people from each of these groups have hinted at it but not forcefully!
Counsellor: Let me tell you something that might help. If ten people were to tell you that you have a massive, five pound wart on the end of your nose, you may not, but you had better take a look.
I registered with Renascent Punani immediately and was admitted two weeks later.
This year I celebrated my 13th year of continuous sobriety thanks to Renascent Punanai and AA.
Now I am happily married to my wife who stuck through this horrible period of 30 years of out of control drinking. I am completely content with my life and have three awesome adult children, a new executive career, a modest house, cottage, and boat.
Today, people actually and genuinely respect me and want to be part of my life! WOW, that took some getting used to!!”
– Gareth Jones, alumni
2019-2020 By The Numbers
In the 2019-2020 year, our Access Centre team handled 25,264 phone calls with people looking for support.
“I would recommend this service to a friend“
92% – Ontario Perception of Care Tool
793 clients were admitted to our inpatient treatment program.
Patient days represents the combined length of stays for each of the individuals served via our inpatient treatment program. Between our 28, 35, and 42 day program stays, we saw a total of 21,762 patient days in 2019-2020.
“I felt welcome from the start”
95% Agreed or strongly agreed – Ontario Perception of Care Tool
70% of clients who entered our inpatient treatment were under 45 years of age.
Our Essential Family Care Programs helped 184 children, parents, siblings, partners, and loved ones cope with the stress that comes with loving someone who is experiencing addiction.
“Staff believed I could change and grow.”
98% Agreed or strongly agreed – Ontario Perception of Care Tool
Outside of our inpatient treatment centres, we offer individual counselling to those experiencing addiction, and to their families and loved ones. In 2019-2020, our team provided individual counselling sessions to 73 people.
Team Renascent is made up of an extraordinary group of people. Altogether, there are 51 full-time staff and 46 part-time and relief staff, from cooks to counsellors, fundraisers to finance.
Between our inpatient treatment program, our Essential Family Care Programs, and our individual counselling sessions, in the 2019-2020 year, Renascent gave 1,042 people the tools to recover from the impacts of addiction.
The Change You Made
Your donations and support meant that Renascent was able to:
- Ensure cost was not a barrier by delivering funded inpatient treatment to 529 people. Thanks to the contribution of Guardian Angel donations and other revenues, we covered the gap between government funding and the real cost of treatment.
- Pull high risk individuals off the long waitlist via eight Complete Care Bursaries funded through the This Can’t Wait Fund, creating additional funded treatment capacity above and beyond government-funded treatment.
- Invest in important upgrades to our houses to create the comfortable, healing spaces we know our clients rely on in early recovery.
- Support treatment bursaries and program development for other programs such as the Essential Family Care Programs, the Food Addiction Program, and the Continuing Care Program.
- Support transitional aged youth through a specialized treatment bursary program for Continuing Care with RBC.
“I had worked in addiction for a number of years and had heard of Renascent many times. When the Director of Operations job came up I knew it was for me. A mission I believed in and I wanted to contribute. When I met Les Talbot I knew it even more. He was an amazing leader, mentor and friend.”
– Cathy Barrick
“The first Children’s Program pilot is one of my fondest memories of my time at Renascent. After years of raising funds and a lot of heavy lifting with Dr. Robert Ackerman and our wonderful Canadian consultants, it was amazing to see this program in action — the direct impact on the lives of parents and kids.”
– Joanne Steel
“I was hired by Alasdair Hooper in April 2011 to join the foundation team as a new communications manager. It was a new role, a new challenge, and broadened my resume while remaining within fundraising. The cause was one that was important to me personally — alcoholism is something I’ve seen up close in my family. Renascent had a great reputation, had been around a long time and at that moment in time was beginning to write a new chapter with the opening of the Wright centre. Who wouldn’t want to get involved?”
Guardian Angel Luncheon, May 16th
Once again, Stephen and Arlene Waymire hosted a luncheon at the Granite Club to thank some of our most generous donors. The event featured two incredibly inspirational speakers: Virginia Stammers and Bernd W.
Purse Impressions, July 2019
To honour the memory and wishes of Renascent alumni Courtney Michaels, Courtney’s friends and family founded Purse Impressions, which ensures that no one graduating from our Munro Centre walks out the door without a purse to hold their belongings. In July, 400 purses arrived at Munro, enough to last at least a year!
Recovery Shot, July 24th
We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate the 25th year of Recovery Shot! The weather at Angus Glen was perfect, and the speakers were incredible! A team of amazing volunteers (pictured above) made the day possible.
“Renascent changed my life, but mostly the bravest person I ever met: Scarlett. She will stay in my heart forever because I named my daughter after her.”
– Amanda Fowler, Alumni
Alumni and Friends Golf Day, August 25th
Renascent Alumni, friends, and staff gathered at Angus Glen for a morning of golf, and lunch.
Alumni Picnic, September 8th
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Renascent clients, alumni, and their families gathered in High Park for BBQ, games, and fun.
“I entered Renascent a broken man, addicted, my wife of 25 yrs filed for divorce, our son wouldn’t speak to me. Renascent saved my life and taught me how to live again. The counsellors were compassionate and understanding and helped me through a very difficult time. I’m 8 years clean, never to look back. Thank you Renascent, life could not be better.”
– John Holloway, Alumni
Suzanne and Audrey’s 10-hour walkathon, September 28th
Suzanne and Audrey are a mother and daughter who entered treatment at Renascent together a decade ago, and decided to celebrate their 10th year of recovery with a special fundraising event: a 10-hour walkathon! They began their journey where it began, at our Munro Centre, and walked through Toronto visiting meaningful landmarks along the way, and donated the pledges they raised to Renascent’s programs.
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, October 20th
Team Renascent braved the cold and raised funds for Renascent by walking, rolling, and running 5km!
“I am so grateful to be a part of Renascent’s journey. Being a part of Alumni and being able to stay connected to the women and staff has helped me grow in my recovery. Renascent is magical in so many ways. This is the place where I built my foundation and I am forever blessed. Knowing I can come to the house and visit and check in has been so helpful.”
– Alysha Houston, Alumni
Building on Hope & Strength Education Seminar, November 7th
We continued the tradition of an annual education event with ‘Building on Hope & Strength: Approaches to overcoming addiction and mental health challenges’, which took place at Innis Town Hall Theatre, and featured three incredible speakers: Mike Shannon, Talli Osborne (pictured on stage, above), and Michael Lochran. This event drew clients from our treatment centres, staff from across our organization and partner organizations, and from all corners of the mental health and addictions community.
Third-Party Fundraisers, throughout the year
A number of friends of Renascent took the initiative to organize their own fundraising events on behalf of Renascent, similar to Suzanne and Audrey’s 10-hour walkathon, above. The creativity involved resulted in events like Sugar Free September, an amateur comedy night, tea parties, and various birthday and anniversary fundraisers, which raised 15,888 overall!
The Dr. Ed & Bobby Yielding Award was presented at the Guardian Angel Luncheon to Dave Laws and Heather Amisson. Dave Laws is a long-standing champion of the recovery community, and one of Renascent’s biggest champions when it comes to making fundraising events like Recovery Shot happen. Heather Amisson is dedicated and passionate about her own journey of recovery and that of those she works closely with in her role as a Family Counsellor at Renascent.
The Peter Armstrong Community Award of Excellence was awarded at the Building on Hope & Strength Education Seminar to the Wong-Lee Family (pictured below with Peter Armstrong, left, Sue Jaffe, second from right, and Laura Bhoi, right), Anne Rosenberg, and Blaine Hobson. The Wong-Lee family have been extraordinary supporters of the community at Renascent, in the recovery community, throughout the GTA, and across Ontario. Anne Rosenberg is a leader and pioneer of Renascent’s Food Addiction Program, which launched in 2016 as a pilot and later became part of Renascent’s programming in 2017. Blaine Hobson has provided extraordinary support and leadership to the local York Region, Toronto and Greater Toronto Region recovery community in a wide variety of ways for over 30 years.
Renascent has been supported by so many wonderful volunteers over our 50 years! They’ve helped in more ways than we can name, and there are more of them than we could possibly list. Here are just some of the names we were able to find in our archives:
Jennifer L. Grandy
Mary Catherine Mehak
Nancie R. Thorne
Corporate & Foundation Donors
The following organizations have generously supported Renascent in the past year.
Our Community Partners
We are proud and grateful to be part of a strong, supportive network.
Renascent is governed by two Boards of Directors: The Renascent Foundation Board and The Renascent Fellowship Board. Together, Renascent’s two Boards provide strategic governance and direction to the organization. The Foundation Board focuses on fundraising, revenue generation, and asset management. The Fellowship Board focuses on the quality and scope of our treatment programs.
Renascent Fellowship Board
Suzanne Jaffe, President and Chair
Ron Brooks, Treasurer
Renascent Foundation Board
Suzanne Jaffe, President and Chair
Ron Brooks, Treasurer
Condensed Summary of Revenue and Expenditures for the year ended March 31, 2020
|Toronto Central LHIN||2,631,317||44.84%|
|Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care One-Time Funds||70,361||1.2%|
|Renascent Foundation Service Provision Fee||1,550,761||26.43%|
|Grants from Renascent Foundation||1,523,184||25.96%|
|2020 Wage Subsidy Income||92,707||1.58%|
|Men’s Residential, Outpatient and Continuing Care Treatment||3,391,268||57.79%|
|Women’s Residential, Outpatient and Continuing Care Treatment||1,582,513||26.97%|
Condensed Summary of Revenue and Expenditures for the year ended March 31, 2020
|WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM||DOLLARS||PERCENT|
|Client Service Program Fees||3,067,854||61.67%|
|Essential Family Care Programs||165,885||3.33%|
|2020 Wage Subsidy||11,858||.24%|
|WHERE THE MONEY WAS USED||DOLLARS||PERCENT|
|Grant to Renascent Fellowship||1,523,584||29.98%|
|Interest on long-term debt||81,119||1.6%|
|Foundation revenue over expenses:||–107,491||–|