Information about Our Family Programs

Serenity Renewal for Families offers a variety of unique programs for children and youth, along with their parents or other adults involved in their care. Our evidence-based programs enhance communication within the family unit and offer family members coping tools in a safe and supportive virtual environment.

To participate in our Family Programs, participants need access to a computer, an iPad, or a smartphone with a microphone and camera.  To express interest in any of these programs, or to be notified whenever new family programs are released, please email familyprograms@serenityrenewal.ca. You will be one of the first to hear about programs available to children as young as five and teens up to 18.

If you are interested in any of our programs, Please email familyprograms@serenityrenewal.ca
Or call our Office at 613- 523- 5143 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2:00pm) 

***Detailed information on each program: Click here to know more***

Teen Pizza Party!
Children ages 15-17
Dates and Times: January 18th 2023, at 4:30pm until 6pm
Hosts: Dawn Hajjar and Natalie Bell
Come hang out with us for some pizza and fun activities while you learn more about what cool programs we have going on here at Serenity Renewal for Families!
Location:202 – 2255 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4K3
Fee: None

Youth Pizza Party!
Children ages 12-14
Dates and Times: January 25th 2023, at 4:30pm until 6pm
Hosts: Dawn Hajjar and Natalie Bell
Come hang out with us for some pizza and fun activities while you learn more about what cool programs we have going on here at Serenity Renewal for Families!
Location:202 – 2255 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4K3
Fee: None

Strengthening Families for the Future
Children ages 7 to 17 and Parents or Guardians
Dates and Times: Saturday, January 28th for 11 weeks aside from family day and easter from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Facilitators: Dawn Hajjar and Lynda Donaldson
This 11-week program is for parents/guardians and children. A prevention program endorsed by CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) that provides families with skills to enhance their communication and improve their relationships. Each week, the program provides valuable tools by covering topics including communication skills, peer pressure, anger, and expectations. It is an interactive program and will have activities to do during the workshops as a family, but also activities to do during the week before our next session. The program fee is $300 per family.*
Location: South East Ottawa Community Health Centre, 1355 Bank Street, #600.
Fee: $300 (Our services are accessible to everyone equally. If your individual situation does not enable you to pay the standard fee, a sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available.)

PhotoVoice 
Teens aged 15 – 17
Dates and Times: February 15th until March 29th (skipping March 15th for March Break) Wednesdays at 4:30 pm -6 pm
Facilitators: Dawn Hajjar and Lynda Donaldson
A fun and exciting 6-week program for teens to experiment with capturing feelings and emotions through photography and reflection!
Location: 202 – 2255 St. Laurent BlvdOttawa, Ontario K1G 4K3
Fee: $140 (Our services are accessible to everyone equally. If your individual situation does not enable you to pay the standard fee, a sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available.)

*No one is excluded from services for financial reasons.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, SRF offers a sliding fee scale from $140 to a minimum payment of $10. 100% subsidies are available.

B.A.B.E.S.: Beginning Awareness and Basic Education Studies
Children ages 5 to 8 and Parents or Guardians
Saturdays; October 22 to November 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 am (six weeks)
Facilitators: Dawn Hajjar and Lynda Donaldson
This evidence-based prevention program uses storytelling techniques and puppets to teach young children the skills they need to cope with peer pressure and difficult situations. We cover substance abuse and addictions from an age-appropriate perspective. Parents are required to attend and to participate in a parents’ group. The program fee is $140 per family.*
Location: Serenity Renewal for Families (202-2255 St. Laurent Blvd.)

Parenting Skills: Use/Overuse of Electronics
Parents or Guardians of youth and teens
Facilitators: Lynda Donaldson Kyla Groves  
Is your teen/youth attached to their electronics? This workshop explores youth and teens use and overuse with electronics. It will give parents/guardians information on the effects of electronics on their child’s behaviour and the skills to set boundaries on use and/or overuse. As well as how to talk with your children about electronic devices and apps.
It is a four-day workshop and each day we will touch on topics with regards to electronics, such as smartphones, gaming devices, and computers.
Dates and Times: Monday, February 7 to Thursday, February 10 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Fee: $140 (Our services are accessible to everyone equally. If your individual situation does not enable you to pay the standard fee, a sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available.)