Dancing in the Rain for Roger’s House

The words pediatric and palliative should never appear in the same sentence but unfortunately they do. It was for this reason, and to provide much needed support to parents caring for children with life-limiting illnesses, that the Sens Foundation rallied the community and built Roger’s House which opened in 2006. The Sens Foundation also pledged 15-years of support, at the time amounting to 10 percent of the House’s annual operating budget.
Named after former Ottawa Senators assistant coach Roger Neilson, the House is an eight-bed state-of-the art hospice facility that provides: respite, end of life care, transition from hospital to home and bereavement counseling and support.
All children and youth referred to Roger’s House are registered with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s palliative care program. As of December 2011, since opening in 2006 the staff and volunteers have provided more than 9,000 days of care. Sixty-one children had received end-of-life support up to that point.

The Challenge
The Sens Foundation now provides Roger’s House with a quarter of its operating budget and provides additional funding for capital projects, contributes to two Roger’s House endowments and has committed additional funds so the House can serve children and youth from Western Quebec.
The needs of the House continue to grow as acuity rates increase, more families are referred to the House, and additional programs and services are identified to better support the clients and their families. The annual contribution of the Sens Foundation to Roger’s House is now more than $1 million per year. For the Sens Foundation, meeting this growing commitment is proving to be a challenge.

The Solution

The Sens Foundation has launched Dancing in the Rain for Roger’s House, a major gift program with a goal to raise an additional $1 million for the House over three years. Individual donors, organizations and corporations are being asked to make pledges of $1,000 or more per year for three years.
Funds will allow Roger’s House to:

  • Operate at an enhanced level with additional programs like bereavement groups, purchase new equipment, and expand services for parents who have lost pre-natal children.
  • Renovate the basement to include a reckroom for families, particularly youths, a volunteer and staff training centre, and a workshop for maintenance volunteers.
  • Provide 100 days of care to western Quebec children and youth who currently cannot access service at the House because no interprovincial hospice agreements exist.
  • Contribute to two special endowment funds established to ensure that the Sens Foundation funding to Roger’s House can continue in perpetuity.
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For more information on learning to Dance in the Rain for Roger’s House, please contact:

Al Roberts
Director of Fundraising and Individual Giving
Sens Foundation