"Providing services for the care and treatment of children and their families."

Residential and Community Services

Established provider of services since 1981, OFGH is a leader in providing services for the care and treatment of children and their families. Highly structured Residential Programs in a community setting encompass work, academics, life skills development, literacy skills, problem-solving techniques, physical fitness, nutrition, personal hygiene and independent living skills. The foundation of our programs and our partnership with agencies is respect, empowerment and support for the youth (and their families) in our care. Here is what makes OFGH’s Residential and Community Services unique:

  • Over twenty years of experience in the successful design and operation of programs that meet the needs of the contracting agencies and the children in our care.
  • Commitment to the quality of care and healthy linkages to surrounding resources and the community.
  • An extensive Clinical Division that is able to provide a multitude of clinical supports to children, families’ agencies and others in need of clinical services or assessments.

Residential Services for Youths

OFGH offers a wide range of residential treatment programs for youths and their families. Children placed in our care are between 7 to 18 years of age ( but flexibility is offered to provide services to younger and older children depending on their placement needs). These children are in need of treatment support and care to help them in their efforts to deal with their emotional and behavioral problems that often stem from abuse, neglect or unresolved issues/family problems. OFGH residential programs operate much like that of a regular home where the living environment is healthy, supportive, and provides routine and structure throughout the youths’ daily care. The objective is to reintegrate the child back into their family of origin, or into a community setting with independent living skills, with positive behavioural changes to ensure successful outcomes.

Our Residential Programs

OFGH has extensive experience in the operation of residential treatment programs and services. We are unique in our design, we are committed to providing the highest level of care and we are committed  to partnering with communities, resources, agencies and Ministries, to ensure success in the delivery of our services. Please note that in order to secure a placement in our residential programs you will need to have funding/support through the Children's Aid Society. Our current roster of residential programs includes:

IRIS House, Oshawa, ON (Outside Paid Resource)

  • Iris House is a 7-bed long-term residential treatment program. It is a 5 bedroom, 2 storey house located in Oshawa.

  • The program is structured allowing the youth to have the predictability of routines and activities.

  • The clinical team consists of an MSW Therapist, Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Manager who will work collectively with the program manager to develop treatment plans for youths. The Therapist and/or Psychologist are available to meet with youths who require their services.

  • There is a Section 20 Education program accessible to the youth at the House as well to provide a more supportive, individual educational program for the youths who struggle within the mainstream school system.

  • Iris House accepts only females from 12-16 years of age with a range of issues such as family breakdown, conduct disorder, OCD, PDD, ADD, and ADHD, Tourettes, sexual issues, running, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm or suicidal behaviour.

 


Thornton, Oshawa, ON (Outside Paid Resource)

 

  • Thornton is a co-ed 6-bed long-term residential life skills program. It is a 4 bedroom 2 storey house located in a community setting in Oshawa.

  • Thornton is a Life Skills program with the philosophy that each individual placed in the program requires assistance and guidance to help them prepare for independence.  It is less structured allowing the youth to have opportunities to do things on their own such as job search, work etc.

  • Youths are 14 - 18 years of age and are not expected to be returning to their family home.

 



Independent Support Services Program (Contract)

 

  • The Independent Support program is a non-residential program that is an extension of the Transitions Program. 

  • Youths move from the Transitions program into supported independent living with support from an Independent Support Worker (ISW).

  • The goal of the program is to assist youths with living independently.  Our staff assists the youth with finding, negotiating and learning about leasing their own apartment.  In addition our staff assist in and teach about, purchasing groceries, as well as reviewing goals and following up on any issues or concerns the youth may be experiencing living independently.

  • Youths are between the ages of 16-19 years.

 


Myrtle House, Oshawa, ON (Contract)

 

  • Myrtle program is a 7-bed, Emergency Receiving and Assessment home. The youths are placed in the residence for an assessment period to determine individual needs and suitable long-term placements, if required. It is a large 4-bedroom, ranch style home in rural Whitby.

  • The program is structured allowing the youths to have the predictability of routines and activities.

  • Youths 7 - 14 years of age with a range of issues such as family breakdown, conduct disorder, OCD, PDD, ADD, ADHD, Tourettes, sexual issues, running, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm or suicidal behaviour.

 


Pathways, Burlington, ON (Contract)

  • Pathways is a 6-bed contracted Emergency Receiving and Assessment  home located in Milton, Ontario. The goal of the program is to provide emergency placement in a safe, caring environment where staff can help stabilize a child's behaviour and assess their needs. The youths are placed in the residence for an assessment period to determine individual needs and suitable long-term placements, if required.
  • This is a co-ed residence for youths from 12-17 years of age. 


Transitions Program (Contract)

 

  • Transitions is a co-ed, 5 bed, short-term residential program located in Oshawa, Ontario.

  • The goal of the program is to assist youths in preparing for independent living. The youths will reside in the program for approximately 3 months, during which time they will be actively involved in preparing for moving to independent living.

  • Youths are between the ages of 16-18 years.