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  • Author: Marianne Léger
  • Create Time: 11/09/2012 12:58:48
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Tamir was founded in 1980 by a group of dedicated individuals and families who identified a need for community living in a Jewish environment for adults with developmental disabilities in the Ottawa area. Tamir opened its first group home in 1985 and today is a vibrant organization offering residential and other services to the Jewish community at large. 

Funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, Tamir also receives support from the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and our contributing members. Tamir is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and has a growing membership of over 500.

Today Tamir provides quality services to more than 100 individuals through 12 programs offered by over 100 staff and has an annual budget of approximately $6.2 million.

Meaning of Tamir

The Hebrew word Tamir means tree and/or tall. Tamir's use of the word and the logo is meant to infer a tree, strongly rooted in the community, able to provide support to those around it.


Tamir Day Services

Over the 11 years that Tamir has been providing day services, we have developed expertise in many areas such as community integration, volunteer and work options and leisure programming. Each program Tamir offers has a particular focus or goal, geared to meet the needs of the individuals supported.

Tamir's original Day Program is located on the Soloway Jewish Community Campus. The program emphasizes recreational and leisure activities, life skills development and volunteer options for the individuals who attend.

Tamir's Passages Program, now in its 9th year, helps individuals obtain employment, educational and recreational options that are best suited to their skills, interests and needs. The focus of this program is community based work/volunteer and leisure activities. The long list of community based partners committed to helping Tamir achieve this goal (to see partners list click here) can certainly attest to the program's success. These partnerships were recognized through the Celebration of People Award, (click here for more information) Tamir won in 2007.

Tamir is also pleased to be part of the Ministry's Passports initiative, touted as a new concept in day services. Funds to purchase services through this program are received directly by the person receiving the services and/or their family member. With this new approach to individualized funding, each individual is offered greater choice in what programs they wish to participate in, when and for how long. Funding applications for Passports are received through the Ontario March of Dimes (click here for more information).

For more information on Tamir Day Services, contact Estelle Allen, Day Services Supervisor at 613-724-2644 or at

Residential Services at Tamir

Group Living

Tamir operates 7 group living homes in the west Ottawa area. These residences provide individuals an opportunity to live with peers in a warm, inviting home environment. Support is provided up to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Each participant has a dedicated staff person that acts as their Primary Counsellor to ensure all areas of their lives, financial, medical, family, community and cultural involvement are managed.

Tamir opened their newest residence in the fall of 2008. The Riddell residence is a unique environment, where 3 different levels of support are provided within one site. This project is part of the de-institutionalization initiative lead by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and provides a community home for individuals with varying levels of independence.

For more information on Tamir residential services, please contact Laurie Oakley, Residential Operation Manager at 613-725-3519, ext. 104 or at

Supported Independent Living/Outreach

Assistance is available through this program to individuals who are semi-independent. Whether living in their own homes or in Tamir housing, participants may receive up to 35 hours of support a week, according to individual need.

Tamir staff assist individuals to manage their money, keep their homes clean and well maintained, look for jobs or volunteer work, cook healthy meals and ensure their medical needs are addressed.

Time Share Accommodations

Tamir's Time Share program serves as a respite for family caregivers and a new living and learning experience for participants. One-month stays are shared on a rotational basis, averaging three times per year. While at Timeshare, individuals have a chance to meet new friends, become involved in the community, learn new skills and gives participants a feel for what it means to live away from home.

In-home Respite

Tamir provides in-home respite to individuals living in the community, usually with their parents. In home-respite gives families a chance to take a breather from the constant care of their loved one and allows the individual an opportunity to meet new people and try new activities with the assistance of Tamir staff.

Applying for Residential Services

For general information on applying for government funded supports in the Ottawa area, click here.

For more information on Tamir residential services, please contact Laurie Oakley, Residential Operation Manager at 613-725-3519 or at 104 or at




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