Who We Are
Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) was established in 1981 by parents of children with developmental disabilities as a way to build friendship and nurture community in Waterloo Region. In the beginning, the “Extend-A-Family” program matched supported families with other volunteer families in Waterloo Region. This model of support continues to be foundational for us and over the years EAFWR has added additional services to continue to meet the needs of individuals and families in our community.
The organization receives the majority of its funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) and the Ministry for Child and Youth Services (MCYS) and is governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of supported families and community members.