The Batshaw Youth and Family Centres Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of concerned volunteers. The Foundation’s mission is to help break the cycle of neglect, abuse, and failure experienced by many children aged 0-18 years and their families. The Foundation supports the clients of the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, living on the island of Montreal, when public funds are not available.
Through different annual fundraising initiatives, the Foundation raises an average of $250,000 per year to fund programs of assistance offered to youth living with their own families, in foster care, in residential placement and transitioning to independent living.
The Foundation’s programs are designed to create an environment for youth to feel empowered and help pave the way for a brighter future.
Family Emergency Fund which helps workers respond when they discover that on top of the problems reported to them, there is no food, no beds, and the Hydro bill is in arrears.
Specialized Services Fund which supplements the lives of kids and youth who need therapies, participation in sports and cultural activities, and whose families don’t have the means to make it happen.
Scholarship Fund which supports youth who prevail through what has happened to them, sometimes with little family support, and want to access post-secondary education.
Independent Living and Life Skills Fund which focuses on those youth, in placement, nearing majority, whose relationship with their family is tenuous or non-existent. These youth need support to become independent.
Camp Weredale, a specialized camp in the Laurentians, staffed to offer difficult Batshaw youth a stimulating social and recreational experience that can transform them.