Creating A Case for Support For a New Residential Treatment Centre for Youth
Of all the not-for-profit organizations we have worked with and supported, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre will always be special to us. Our strong connection to the organization starts with the big-hearted man who founded the place – the late Dave Smith. From very humble beginnings in Ottawa’s centre town, Dave Smith became a restaurateur, caterer to the stars, successful businessman, community builder and philanthropist.
A Safe Place for a Fresh Start
In the early 1990s, Dave Smith rallied a community, knocked on doors and strong-armed public officials into opening a treatment centre for young people struggling with alcohol and drug use. From its opening in 1993 as a day treatment centre and transition to a residential treatment centre in 2010, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre has helped thousands of youth and their families.
Since becoming involved with the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre in 2000, we have been continually moved by the dedication of a hard-working, talented staff and the bravery and strength of young people and families. Heart-wrenching and inspiring stories abound.