Welcome to Opening Hearts
We are a non-profit organization that focuses on helping families with children with special needs. Although we do recognize that there are specific issues within a family that are tied to the child’s diagnosis, we focus on issues that are common to many families of children with special needs. Some of these issues can include:
- Stress of hospitalizations
- Caregiver burnout
- Challenges with/for the siblings of the child with special needs
Opening Hearts is an organization built by caring people who understand the challenges families face. Some of our volunteers are parents of children with special needs. Some are community folks who work with children with challenges. Yet others are compassionate, caring people who are driven by a desire to give to their community.
Our primary focus is to create awareness of the challenges of raising a child with special needs and create programs that support all members of the family. Please browse our site to see how we are trying to make a difference, one heart at a time.
- Passionate about making a difference?
- A caring individual who likes to help children with special needs?
- Someone looking for a great opportunity to give to the community?
Then we want to hear from you. Please consider joining our team.
Visit our Volunteer page for more information.
One of our goals is to inspire all those who come in contact with Opening Hearts. We want to inspire families by offering hope. Inspire educators and professional to give even better services for these children and their families. Inspire the general public with the warmth, strength and courage in the stories we will share.
By sharing our stories, our goal is to help families learn new ways how to thrive. They will also discover they are not alone. There is power and comfort in learning from other families’ struggles and triumphs. We believe that an informed family is an empowered family and an informed community is an empowering community.
Imagine a community where inclusion of all children prevails. Imagine all families wrapped in the warmth of family-centred care. Imagine a world where the rights of the child are fully respected. At Opening Hearts we imagine all of this. These visions are what we believe in and strive for. Imagine the possibilities.