With Your Support, St. Joe’s is on its Way to Building a New Home for Emergency Mental Health Care
Thanks to generous community funding and welcome support from the Ontario government, our Foundation is thrilled to share the expansion and redevelopment of the Hospital’s Emergency Mental Health Service is moving ahead.
On Monday, April 4, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, the Honourable Christine Elliott, was on site at St. Joe’s along with local Member of Provincial Parliament, Donna Skelly, to announce more than $5 million in funding for the redevelopment project.
For the past five years, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation has been actively working with the community to raise more than $3.5 million to help double the footprint of the service’s existing space, and benefit roughly 4,000 patients and families who arrive at St. Joe’s annually seeking emergency mental health and addictions care. The Ministry announcement has completed the funding necessary to get this essential project underway.
We are so grateful to an anonymous donor couple as well as leading local organizations and philanthropists: LiUNA, the Sam and Roma Mercanti Foundation, CARSTAR, RBC Foundation, St. Elizabeth Home Society, and SC Johnson for the leadership gifts they have all made to this campaign.
Hundreds more St. Joe’s supporters just like you have made gifts over the past five years, including $1 million in funds raised through our community’s participation in events like the Around the Bay Road Race, St. Joe’s Holiday Gala, St. Joe's Golf Tournament and our popular fall event, A Mental Health Morning.
“This project is a demonstration of what is possible when funding from the province is augmented by generous donations from our community,” says Sera Filice-Armenio, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation. “Together, the Ministry of Health and our generous St. Joe’s supporters have ensured that our Hospital will remain ready to care for the emergency mental health needs of our community as we emerge on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic and address the anxiety, depression, substance use and PTSD that the pandemic has left in its wake.”
To learn more about how our revitalized Emergency Mental Health Service will enhance the care we provide, and to see renderings of the project, visit our Foundation’s website.
You can also read more about the funding announcement in the local media: CBC, Global News