SOS Respite Program

Renfrew is pleased to offer a Saturday respite program for parents of children with disabilities. With a low child to staff ratio, Stepping Out on Saturdays (SOS) provides a fun and nurturing day for children, while giving parents some valuable reprieve.

SOS is run by trained Renfrew staff with experience working with children with special needs. Each Saturday offers a variety of play-centred activities, gross motor activities, and small group activities informed by each child’s strengths, needs and interests. Throughout the day, a wide range of strategies are used to introduce, model, and foster appropriate social and self-regulation skills.

Stepping Out on Saturdays runs 9:30am to 2:30pm select Saturdays from September through June. If available, FSCD funding typically covers $90.90/session. Parents are responsible for covering the remainder of the fees (calculated annually / approximately $30). To accommodate as many families as possible, parents are asked to choose one preferred location.

Who it’s for

Children with special needs ages 5 to 12.


$50 annual registration fee.

$120.90 session fee per day attended.

FSCD funding may cover a portion of the session fee.

Additional information

SOS runs 9:30am to 2:30pm select Saturdays from September to June.

Locations Offered

Janice McTighe Centre

21 St NE
Calgary, AB T2E 6S5

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Thomas W. Buchanan Centre

Sunpark Dr SE
Calgary, AB T2X 3V4

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