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Friends of the Disabled (Renfrew) Inc.
in Partnership with
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Furthering ACCESSABILITY since 1985
Introduces our new
C.A.R.E. Initiative
Community Access to Recreation Events
What is the C.A.R.E. Initiative?
 The C.A.R.E. Initiative is a program of subsidies provided by the Friends of the Disabled organization aimed at assisting local Facilities in increasing community and recreational outings for their residents and clients.
Who qualifies for the subsidies program?
Facilities who provide live-in long term care for residents or retirement residence accommodation and are willing to provide organized trips and outings on behalf of their clients qualify.  The program is aimed at effectively doubling your transportation budgets using subsidies provided under approval by Friends of the Disabled on a fifty/fifty basis.  Accessible transportation is provided by Sunshine Coach.
What is the C.A.R.E. Initiative Partnership Triangle?

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The partnership that exists under this initiative involves Friends of the Disabled who will provide a 50% subsidy for qualifying and approved outings, Sunshine Coach Service who will handle all logistics related to the accessible transportation for your outing and Your Facility.  This model provides Your Facility with the opportunity to extend the number of outings you undertake in any given year by a factor of 100% up to the budgetary maximum ceiling for subsidies under this initiative, as determined on an annual basis by the Friends of the Disabled organization.
Step By Step Procedure
Planning and executing your outing and applying for your subsidy is easy, just follow these steps:
  • Contact Sunshine Coach Operations Department during regular business hours, Monday to Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  You may reach them by telephone at 613-432-2134 or via e-mail at
  • Please provide the details of your outing such as the date, times (pick-up & return), origin, destination and number of clients from your Facility who will be participating.  If known, it would be helpful to classify your clients as Ambulatory, Wheelchair and how many Attendants will be on board.  Any other details that will assist in determing the vehicles and manning required for your outing would be appreciated.
  • Specifying an alternate date and time would be beneficial in the event that our schedule does not allow accommodation of your outing on the initial date
  • Please indicate that you would like a quotation for the trip based on the parameters you have furnished
  • Please indicate that your Facility would like to apply for a subsidy of 50% to be provided by Friends of the Disabled.  Sunshine Coach Operations Department will forward the quotation together with your request for a subsidy to Friends of the Disabled for their review.
  • Please provide complete contact information for the staff member at your Facility who will be the liaisson for your outing.  Sunshine Coach Operations Staff and/or Friends of the Disabled will be in contact with you to finalize details.
  • If possible, please take photographs of your outing and share these with us.  These could be posted to our website as well as submitted to the local newspaper as a memento of your outing.
  • Please note that planning your tentative outing as much in advance as possible will allow Sunshine Coach the greatest possible flexibility in ensuring that your particular trip can be accommodated.
Please click here to download a PDF version of our C.A.R.E. Initiative 3-fold pamphlet.