Who are we?

Cribwolf Foundation is dedicated to help meet the growing need for accessible supportive housing in Canada. Cribwolf Foundation supports an inclusive community-based housing strategy that envisions collaborating partners building housing developments in communities across Canada. Cribwolf Foundation believes that adults with varied abilities should be able to continue to live within their home community, in a safe, nurturing, and interactive environment. As a proud member of the Intentional Community Consortium (ICC), we endorse a coordinated multi-community effort incorporating scale and shared learning as the best path forward to successfully create a significant number of multi-unit residential communities for individuals with varied abilities.

For more information, please visit our About Us page.

Is Cribwolf Foundation a registered charity?

No. Currently, Cribwolf Foundation is a registered non-profit organization. However, as part of the Cribwolf Foundation Strategic Plan, we are working towards applying for a charitable status as one of our current directives.

For more information, please visit Our Strategic Plan page.

Why was Cribwolf Foundation established?

The challenges associated with caring for persons with a permanent intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) are enormous. For many aging parents and caregivers, there may not be any family or friends willing or able to take over and continue providing for their loved one with special needs, when the primary caregiver is no longer able to do so due to age, illness and death. Considering the tens of thousands of adults with varied abilities on extensive housing waiting lists and a lack of new housing initiatives, individuals with varied abilities are being wait-listed for decades before having a chance to secure the housing and support services they need. For example, in the Province of Ontario alone, the wait list is estimated at over 18,000 families and growing.

For more information, please visit The Crisis page.

Why the name Cribwolf?

There are actually two merging concepts to our name - the word CRIB represents the "dwelling". From the 19th century onward, people started to use the word "crib" in a housing sense of the word for a safe haven. In America, in the early 2000s, television viewers came to know the term "Cribs" as a general place of residence, like a home or apartment as popular celebrities took everyone on a tour of their homes.

In a wolf pack, the vulnerable are supported by the efforts of the stronger wolves. A ‘lone WOLF’ is an individual who becomes vulnerable for various reasons and ends up leaving their pack, much like an individual with special needs, in the post-21 years of age era, within an aging population without any succession planning.

That Lone Wolf will need to find a new ‘Crib’ and a new Wolf pack, so that they can feel safe, secure, and inclusive, so that they can enjoy the quality of life their parents intended for them to have. To sum it up, the name is derived from finding a Home (a Crib) for a vulnerable individual (a lone Wolf) in the IDD Community.

What is our main objective? 

Cribwolf Foundation, upon applying and obtaining its charitable status, will undertake funding campaigns to allow for donations for suitable and sustainable multi-unit residential community (MURC) projects. Obtaining suitable land or property is a difficult task and will require public and private support. The extensive housing waiting lists and aging demographics of parents caring for adults with varied abilities and the individuals themselves, necessitates the need for more MURC projects.

Cribwolf Foundation understands that every adult with varied abilities in our communities, is entitled to a fulfilling life, to be socially inclusive, engaged with the community and reside in a nurturing, supportive and safe environment. Cribwolf Foundation supports the belief that our communities are enriched when all members can live and thrive, regardless of their intellectual and developmental capabilities.

Cribwolf Foundation will require the collaboration of other like-minded organizations to realize it’s objective.

For more information, please visit Our Projects page.

What does the multi-unit residential community (MURC) project look like?

Cribwolf Foundation supports the need for more community-centric, multi-unit, residential community (MURC) housing model with mixed tenancy for adults over the age of 21 with varied abilities. The MURC housing model entails the construction of a much-needed newer housing concept, such as multiple floors of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment-style units, permanent and respite use, with features that consider space for administration, support staff, security, recreation and community engagement/activities. This housing model of choice will ensure a safe, secure, and inclusive environment in which all residents can experience independence, social inclusion, personal growth, and receive their daily supports as needed.

Each Multi-Unit Residential Community (MURC) will ensure access to qualified support staff, as the needs of an individual with varied abilities will vary in hours, from supervised independent living to more significant hourly support. Cribwolf Foundation recognizes that a multi-unit residential community will rely on various community agencies for their support services, as it relates to the individual requirements of each tenant.

For more information, please visit our Our Model page.

What can you do to help?

To actively support our current Strategic Plan directives, please visit our Cheque Contributions page.

If you have been looking for the right opportunity to share your time and talents, and to get involved in a way that will directly benefit your community, we would love for you to join us as a volunteer. For more information, please visit our Volunteer page.

How can you get in touch with us?

Cribwolf Foundation can be reached by phone, email, mail, or through our online form. For this information, please visit our Contacts page.