Renfrew’s wide array of social services cover all the bases for a town its size. This includes children’s services, community living, food banks and addiction counselling. Renfrew also offers several private and church-based assistance groups and programs.
Children’s services in Renfrew have always been a priority. With organizations such as Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County and facilities like the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, children in need have places to turn. These include all forms of counselling, foster care, child protection, developmental services and family visitation and exchange.
Community Living Renfrew County South has an office in Renfrew on Raglan Street. Their primary goal is to provide support and services to adults with developmental disabilities, promote community and workforce integration and arrange for various residential services. These include supported group living, supported independent living, coordination support and respite support.
The Renfrew and District Food Bank’s goal is to ensure that no one goes hungry. Their efforts are complimented by donation bins in all the major grocery stores and larger food drives during various holidays such as Christmas and Easter. There are also organizations such as Renfrew and Area Seniors' Home Support that provide home delivered meals for people over the age of 60.
Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network is involved with a number of activities related to the elimination of child poverty and minimizing the effect that poverty has on children living in Renfrew County. These activities fall under three categories; practical assistance, advocacy, and education. Among other things, they collect backpacks and school supplies for families that can’t afford them to distribute in the fall and collect new or gently used snowsuits and boots for the winter months.
Addiction counselling in Renfrew is readily available for those that need it. This includes organizations such Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous. Renfrew also has an Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre which is targeted towards individuals dependent on opiates such as heroin, methadone, Percocet, Oxycontin, opium, morphine, Dilaudid, codeine, Demerol and Fentanyl. And for women ages 16 and up who are pregnant and/or have children under the age of six, Renfrew offers a mother-safe program at the Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services.
Renfrew also hosts many private and church-based organizations such as the Columbus House Young Parent Support Program, Opeongo Non-Profit Housing, Renfrew County Coalition against Poverty and the Catholic Women's League.