For nearly 50 years, Renascent has offered hope and healing to men, women, and families struggling with the affects of 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. Since that first day, almost 50,000 clients and their loved ones have followed Donald through our doors.
Ten years later, Renascent opened the first women-only residential treatment centre in Toronto. Based on the same principles as the successful men’s treatment program, Renascent now had a rehab centre where 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, Ontario, the Punanai Centre for men in downtown Toronto, the Graham Munro Centre for women in downtown Toronto, and the Lillian and Don Wright Family Health Centre in downtown Toronto – home to our head office and family programs.
Today, we are one of Ontario’s largest residential addiction treatment providers, and a national leader in the field of addiction treatment. We have maintained a steadfast commitment to our values and vision: to guide all people affected by substance addictions with hope, tools, and living examples to achieve a life of physical, mental, and spiritual health..
Using our comprehensive treatment program, our clients 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 addiction treatment.