“At a time when doctors had all but given up on Crystal, our world was blessed with a placement for her at Hopewell. She transformed from a little 14-year-old girl who could not eat without great challenges, and days filled with constant pain, to a pain-free chubby, happy young adult. So when asked what Hopewell has done for our lives, I can only say that thanks to everyone there, they gave Crystal a second chance at life. The love and dedication of the wonderful staff is very evident each and every day of Crystal’s life. To me, Hopewell has provided great peace of mind. I know that my daughter has a good life, surrounded by friends and staff who love her and give her the best care in the world. When her dad was dying, he had said to me, ‘I know Crystal will be alright.’ He had total trust in Hopewell and felt they would take care of his princess.”

~ Barb Jardine

“I have 14-year-old triplets who run the gamut of special needs — all of them are on the autistic spectrum as well as having numerous health and learning disabilities. We have been attending Playsense for the last four years, not only as a family, but through their school and camp programs as well.

“The Playsense facilities are wonderful for any children with special needs. There is something there that will appeal to any child. From gross-motor play, to sensory equipment, to needing a quiet place to sit, Playsense affords any child a fun and worthwhile experience. The staff at Playsense is uniformly welcoming, warm, accepting, and adaptive to the needs of any child who walks through the door.

“Playsense is not only a welcome activity for our family during our week and over school breaks, but an affirmation that our children are worthy individuals. The activities and equipment are designed to bring out the best in each child, and also provide a fun experience. As a parent, it’s also a comfort to know that the staff are prepared to deal with any situation (feel free to email me about our 13th birthday party!!).

“My children are always wonderfully individualistic, but I never have to worry when they display non-typical behaviours or mannerisms. Playsense is a safe haven for my entire family. I cannot recommend the program enough. Thank you, to all of Guelph’s Rotary Clubs and the staff at Playsense.”

~ Jeanette Neibler

“There are not enough great words to describe how Hopewell has impacted our lives. Michael has been at Hopewell for about 10 years. Hopewell is like a second home to our family. The staff is incredible. They treat the children as if they were their own. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thinking about Michael, and even when I know I can’t be there all the time, I know he is well looked after. There are times when I visit Michael that I get upset, as I am sure many parents do, because the guilt of not being able to look after your child can be overwhelming. The staff at Hopewell are very supportive and are always willing to lend an ear if I need to talk. Our family has been blessed to have Michael placed in such a wonderful, caring environment with such an incredible staff. Thank you, Hopewell.”

~ Sheila and Brent Barr

“Hopewell Children's Homes...it’s right there in the name. There is a well FULL of Hope in that home for children. The committed staff are the foundation Hopewell rests on. If it were not for them, I’m not sure where our families would be. They are honest, caring, real people.”

~ Bill Schaefer

“The word that comes to mind when I think of Playsense is ‘imagination.’ I have been involved with Playsense as a Special Services at Home worker through Trellis, as well as a community partner through Onward Willow. Whether I am sending my youth as volunteers or I am there with a youth, imagination is always the key. At Playsense, you can dream and these dreams become realities. I have flown through space, built new homes, completed spy missions, gone through car washes, sang and danced, and created masterpieces. I have gone sledding in the mat room, become invisible in the dark room, and raced to China in the playroom. If the idea exists in the mind of the children, we make it a reality through play at Playsense. I am truly amazed and thankful for the experiences that Playsense has provided to our community.”

~ Alisa Fiorino