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If you or someone you know is experiencing a family crisis, call us.   519 434 6848

24 Hour Care Support

Crisis Residential/Respite Program

24-hour care and support for children whose families are experiencing a temporary period of instability, stress, crisis or transition.

Funding costs per day | $227 per child


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Our fully licensed service provides continuous, 24-hour care for children up to 13 years old, whose families are experiencing an emergency, crisis, severe stress or other disruptive situation preventing a child from being at home. We provide a safe and positive environment where children can develop and learn through unique programs that build self-awareness, self-esteem, stress management techniques and social skills.

Merrymount’s Crisis Residential/Respite program operates 18 overnight beds that sleep over 2,300 children every year. Of these beds, approximately 4 are supported by government funding. For the rest, we depend on the kindness of friends, neighbours, and private supporters.

We require reliable, patient, and nurturing staff to work with our children dealing with stress and anxiety. It costs $227 a day per child or about $80,000 per year to keep this important service operating.

“My kids are learning quite a bit from Merrymount. They are open and friendly, with better social skills. Merrymount has helped to stabilize the whole family.”

Just one of our beds comforts 125 children and their families every year. Your generous financial gift helps secure a night of comfort for a child already going through some tuff stuff.


To learn more about this program, click here.