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With Fantastic Support from the Rotary Club of Brantford - Sunrise

Participation Support Services will make the Stedman House at St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre home to 8 individuals


FOR RELEASE: January 9, 2019


On January 9th, 2019 residents and staff received a $125,000 pledge from the Rotary Club of Brantford, Sunrise to fund Participation Support Services capital equipment purchases to make the Stedman House a permanent home for 8 individuals with physical disabilities.


In partnership with the St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre, Brantford, Participation Support Services, will lease the Stedman House as a permanent residence.  The Stedman House has not been used as a residence since the Hankinson House opened in September 2014.


‘In our efforts to support Lifecare in Brant and Brantford, we are so pleased to put this unique community home to such valuable and high use.  Participation Support Services is an ideal fit, a wonderful organization and closely aligned with our own goals and objectives’ states Sharmilla Rasheed, CFO St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre, Brantford.


Participation Support Services offers permanent Supportive Housing to 53 individuals within the community who have a physical disability and/or a complex care need.  At the 10 Bell Lane site, 23 individuals live in the dated brick building that is more reminiscent of an institution than a home. 


In the past 5 years Participation Support Services worked to re-purpose Bell Lane to its Transitional Bed Program, moving individuals who have lived for years at Bell Lane into smaller group homes in the community. 


“The Stedman House is a perfect, comfortable small home that suits the needs of individuals who require Supportive Housing.  Participation Support Services is delighted to have entered into a partnership with St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre and the Rotary Club of Brantford – Sunrise to make it a home for 8 individuals’” says Sherry Kerr, Executive Director of Participation Support Services.  This will also allow Participation Support Services to have more space at the Bell Lane site for the Transitional Care Bed program and emergency housing needs in the community for individuals with a physical disability or complex care needs.  ‘It is a great win all around’.


“The Rotary Club of Brantford – Sunrise reviewed 10 proposals from organizations in Brantford and Brant County, then met with 5 of the proponents.  All proposals were exceptionally well done and showed our members how many legitimate needs there are to fill in our community.  The proposal from Participation Support Services was deemed the best of the 10.  Our Major Projects Committee felt it merged nicely with the mandates, goals and values of our Club and of Rotary International.  We look forward to our new partnership with Participation Support Services and St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre”.  Phil Race, Sunrise President 2018/2019.


Participation Support Services is a non-profit charitable organization (charitable 107820466RR0001)

currently supporting over 350 individuals in our community with either a physical disability, a complex health care need and/or senior.


For more information please contact Mr. Doug Hunt, Director of Marketing, Fundraising and Volunteers at or Sherry Kerr, Executive Director at .