Participants of a tax seminar, sponsored by Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Montreal (from left): Mildred Lande, Bernard Shinder, L. Michael Blumenstein, Murray I. Yaffe, Frank Zylberberg and Robert Schnarch.
BOX 1 - Administrative
Annual Reports 1984-1985, 2002-2010
Minutes, Early Beginnings 1980-1983
Minutes, Executive Committee 1984-1985
Board Minutes 1984-1985
Board Minutes 1986-1987, 1989-1990, 1994, 1998
Annual General Meetings 1983-1998
Annual General Meetings 1999-2003
Annual General Meetings 2004-2010
Board Members 1983-2000
Board of Directors Hand book 2009-2010
Organizational Flow Chart 2003, 2004, 2009
Miscellaneous Correspondence 1982-1984
BOX 2 - Administrative
Letters patent/Incorporation 1981 & 1999
Revenue Canada, Charitable Status 1982-1984
Legal Registration of a Group Home1985-1987
Growth Proposal 1991-92
Policy Manual - undated
Correspondence re: Accreditation 1982
Advocacy Committee 1995
Citizen Advocacy 1997
Strategic Plan 1995
Restructuring Project 1997
Human Resources 1982-1985 - RESTRICTED
Staff Survey (undated)
Consultative Services, Dr. Nathan 1987
Surveys (Community) 1995, 2000
Family Handbook 2005, 2008
Correspondence - Ministry of Community & Social Services 1980-1997
Correspondence - Ottawa & District Association for the Mentally Retarded 1981-1984
Correspondence - Ottawa-Carleton Advisory Committee 1982-1985
Correspondence - REENA Foundation, Toronto 1980-1994
Correspondence - JSSA (now JFS) 1981-1982
Vaad Ha’Ir – Request for Beneficiary Status 1981-1984
Correspondence - Mulitple Appeals Committee Ottawa Va'ad Ha'ir 1989
Correspondence - Talmud Torah Afternoon School 1984
Financial/Fundraising 1982 -1985
Financial Statements 1982-1989
Fundraising Committee Minutes 1982
Fundraising, Strategic Review Report 2004
Donor Wall circa 2008
JFO Endowment Funds 1981-1985
Correspondence, Requests for Contributions, Acknowledgements 1981-1989
L’Chaim Cocktail Party, Campaign 1985
Bingo, Teas and Golf Tournaments 1987-1999
BOX 3 - Programs
Residential and Outreach Programs 1981-c1986
Correspondence - Residences 1985-1988
Supported Independent Living Program Guidelines 1983
Timeshare Program Evaluation 1996
Special Programs, Keshet for Kids, etc. 2001-2010
Judaic Content/Programming c1981
Special Events, Projects, Holidays, Celebrations:
B’not Mitzvah Program 2002
Past Presidents Reception 2008
Holidays and Special Occasions 2001-2004
Sh’ma Koleinu (Judaic Program Newsletter) 2003-2004
Get the Spiel (Staff Newsletter) 1997 - 2005 with gaps
Q into QE Newsletter March 2010
Newsletter Task Plan 2002
Certificates and Awards
Tamir History: 2009 - 2010 (includes Agency Milestones and Timeline)
BOX 4 - Albums, Publications, Audio-Visual material
3 Photograph Albums 1980-1995, 1995-2001, 2001-2008
Tamir 25 History Booklet, 2010 (2 copies)
Kosher Delectable Cookbook 2000
Tamir Foundation Planning Workbook 2000
Family Handbook c2009
Joseph Program Booklet May 2010
Passover Haggadah 2003
Shabbat Guide 2006
Photo documents for History Booklet and CD - 2010
CD- Past Presidents, Through the Years 2008
Tamir - OUR HOME CD and VHS
Broadview Residence 1998
Golf Tournament 2000 & Judaic Programming - undated
1980 - 2013
The story of Tamir begins in 1980 with Lily and Jerry Penso. The Pensos were convinced that their developmentally delayed son, Michael, who was then 19, needed his own place to live. At the time, the waiting list for ODAMR group homes in Ottawa was 100 other people. Moreover, while these homes might have provided the support that Michael needed, they did not offer the Jewish cultural environment the Pensos were seeking.
The Pensos placed ads in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and Canadian Jewish News seeking out families of developmentally delayed adults interested in the establishment of a Jewish group home in Ottawa. There was no response. Undaunted, the Pensos made a number of personal phone calls. In October 1980, several local families, including the Pensos, met with Elaine Rabin, Executive Director, Jewish Social Services Agency, Jacquelin Holzman, with The Social Planning Council, and Noreen Bosloy, Special Needs Coordinator of the Ottawa and District Association for the Mentally Retarded (ODAMR), to discuss the need and possibility of establishing a supervised group home setting for developmentally handicapped young adults in a Jewish environment.
Out-of-town institutions were also contacted for information and assistance, including Reena in Toronto and the Shalom Residence in Winnipeg. In addition to Sandy Keshen, Rabbi Kelman of Reena was very helpful and made a special trip to Ottawa to offer encouragement.
This led to future meetings with the Coordinator of Services for the Developmentally Handicapped in the Ministry of Community and Social Services, then known as COMSOC. While the institutions and the Ministry were supportive, much hard work, perseverance and faith would be required before concrete results would be seen as the bureaucratic process would prove to be very slow. Two major factors would ultimately prove to be the key to Tamir’s success – the support of Jacquelin Holzman with the Social Planning Council and the backing of the Ottawa Jewish community.
The first open community meeting was held in October 1981. This was well attended. Community support was strong from the beginning and continues to this day. The Foundation was incorporated in December 1981 with 18 members on the first interim Board of Directors. Mark Max prepared the original logo and information flyer. The first By-Laws were prepared with the assistance of Martin Black of Goldberg Shinder. Charitable status was granted shortly after incorporation which allowed Tamir to issue receipts for income tax purposes. An initial membership drive, held in the fall of 1981, brought in 215 members. Donor cards were introduced.
Following a study of draft proposals of other similar organizations, Tamir submitted a two phase proposal to the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Rabbi Bulka helped to draft the Jewish guidelines for the proposal. The first phase called for a cooperative house for four moderately retarded trainable Jewish young adults who would share household duties and develop their individual potentials to cope with everyday life skills in a planned social atmosphere, as well as a relief bed for use in family crisis situations or to allow parents to enjoy an occasional holiday. A second larger home would accommodate six people, selected from private homes and institutions, with a greater degree of retardation, who would require more supervision.
The Ministry agreed, in principle, to grant 80% of the required capital cost and operating expenses with the remainder to come from clients' pensions and community fundraising, provided that 50% of the clients came from institutions approved unanimously by the Ontario government's local Mental Retardation Advisory Committee of COMSOC. In those years, the province was planning to close several institutions in Ontario and anxious to transfer patients into community sponsored homes. Accordingly, Tamir contacted the Rideau Regional Home in Smiths Falls and determined that there were 18 Jewish residents. Tamir maintained close contact with Rideau Regional in the following years.
In March 1982, Tamir's proposal was approved for future funding from the Ministry by the local Advisory Committee of COMSOC with still no indication of when the money would actually be granted. Due to cutbacks there was little likelihood of receiving funding in 1982. Through the efforts of Jacquelin Holzman, Tamir was placed on a waiting list.
Tamir’s efforts continued. The homes were to be modelled after the Reena Foundation's group homes in Toronto. In addition to establishing residences, a second goal of the Foundation was to develop a self-help group to support families and to assist them to cope with the realization that they had a developmentally delayed handicapped child, to accept the limitations while recognizing the potential of the individual and to prepare for the transition from family to group home. Work continued on this initiative as well.
In May 1982 Tamir was recognized as a Jewish Agency under the Vaad and received various bequests from Endowment Funds and through Jewish service organizations. While awaiting government funding, a number of Board Committees were established to work on capital and operating budgets, admission criteria, the preparation of a policy manual, homes, furnishings and future fundraising.
By 1985 there was still no indication as to when government money would actually be granted and received; however, given the critical need, the Board made the decision to proceed. The support and generosity of the Ottawa Jewish community and the receipts from a successful fundraising initiative in June - $60,000 for start-up costs was raised at a L’Chaim Cocktail Party- allowed for the opening of the first group home.
In 1987, a presentation was made to the Ottawa Jewish Community Council and Tamir was recognized as a beneficiary agency under the then Vaad Ha'Ir. The Vaad continued to assist Tamir until government funding was obtained in 1992. Tamir continued to receive funds through various bequests from Endowment Funds.
Acquired from Lisa Giffen & Lily Penso via Estelle Gunner, Spring, 2010