This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.
Unitarian House is Ottawa’s not-for-profit Retirement Home and Senior Apartments. With 45 Retirement Suites and 67 Independent Living Apartments. Our residents enjoy the peace of mind of affordable housing in a warm, caring and community-minded environment.
The main reason why our community is so connected, is our volunteers! We rely on our wonderful volunteers to man our front desk on evenings and weekends, assist with special events and activities, drive our van for outings and appointments, and offer companionship.
At a glance:
Year founded: 1984
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $849,152
Top funding sources:
- Individual donations: 90%
- Corporate: 5%
- Endowments: 3%
- Other charities: 1%
- Other: 1%
Geographic region of focus: Greater Ottawa Area
How you can help
Donations & financial contributions are what make Unitarian House possible!
To make a one time gift, become a monthly donor, or sponsor an upcoming project call Susan Faith, our Administrative Manager at 613-722-6690 extension 234 or visit
Volunteers are our lifeblood! Without them many of the activities, special events and programs available to our residents wouldn’t be possible.
We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, reach out to Jennifer Brierley our Activities & Volunteer Coordinator at 613-722-6690 extension 224
Events and fundraising
Like most charitable organizations the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to postpone or cancel the majority of our Fundraising Events for the past two years.
In September 2021, we participated in the inaugural year of The Grand Parade here in Ottawa. A fundraising walk, in support of Senior focused charities across Canada, and are already planning the 2022 event!
Just in time for the Holiday season, we have Resident designed Holiday Cards available! A package of 12 cards sells for $15 with proceeds directed to the Retirement Living Unit Assistance Fund.
Moving forward, we can’t wait to reintroduce our much-loved Fall Fair – a community rummage sale featuring books, toys, vintage treasures & clothing, and a revamped Annual Gala with live entertainment, plated dinner and silent auction, as soon as we can!
Board members and executives
Our main priorities each donation year are our Retirement Living Assistance Fund and our Rent Geared to Income program. These funds allow us to offer financial assistance to the residents on both the Retirement Floor and in the Independent Living Apartments. Meaning, that they can remain here, at home, should they fall on financial hardships or outlive their financial resources. We are also encouraging donations geared towards our Retirement Living Floor and Activities funds to help support the need for the modernization of our activities with senior-friendly tablets and technology-based programs.