WaterStone Foundation has a vision of creating healthy lives free from eating disorders. Our programs target gaps in existing services by supporting new and innovative programs to support individuals in need. We invest donor dollars where the need is greatest and the outcomes are most profound.
Our focus is on:
Financial Aid Program
Over our 5 year history, WaterStone Foundation has provided funding to many individuals. Starting in January 2020, WaterStone Foundation will be providing Financial Aid grants to individuals seeking outpatient treatment. Stay tuned for more details on this new program in the coming weeks.
“Before Waterstone Foundation, I felt hopeless in overcoming my eating disorder. I am proud to say I am two years in remission and fully enjoying my life."
Building Capacity & Expertise through Funding Programs at Public Clinics & Institutions
Over the last 5 years, WaterStone Foundation has provided 7 grants to expand capacity and improve treatment outcomes at publicly-funded institutions.
Through these grants, WaterStone has worked collaboratively with a range of publicly-funded programs to expand treatment capacity, pilot new initiatives and provide funding to individuals in need. Examples of programs we fund include:
Funding the Multi Family Group Therapy Program in Partnership with Southlake Regional Health Centre
This group provides critical treatment which simultaneously supports multiple families with children at different stages of recovery. This approach allows for a reduction of wait times (by over 29%!) and ensures quick, efficient delivery of treatment. Dr. Boachie of Southlake Regional Health Centre shares that WaterStone’s funding “has provided access to this specialized program for 31 families, approximately double the number that would be usual.”
Supporting Patients with Co-current Conditions in Partnership with Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital
Eating disorders are often accompanied by other health conditions, including addiction and trauma. Studies find that 35-40% of patients suffering from eating disorders also suffer from current or past post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). WaterStone funded the development of a PTSD program at Toronto General Hospital, which enables the hospital to “build and strengthen the types of treatment and programs we offer,” according to Dr. Trottier and Dr. Olmsted of the Eating Disorder Program.
Supporting the “Day Program” in Partnership with Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
When WaterStone Foundation learned that funding for CHEO’s successful “Day Program” would be cut, we sprang into action. Statistics showed that extending the program to cover dinner was essential for patient success. “The generous funding provided by WaterStone Foundation allowed the Day Treatment Eating Disorder Program to expand our services to a model whereby meal and psychological support are now offered throughout the entire day,” CHEO shares, adding that “funding has been paramount in helping better serve the needs of patients and families affected by life-threatening eating disorders.”
Please note that WaterStone will not be providing capacity grants in 2020.
Building Awareness & Knowledge through Workshops and Events
Over the last two years, we have delivered workshops to more than 1,400 individuals, providing education and actionable tools about prevention, detection and treatment of eating disorders.
In January 2019, WaterStone Foundation began an unique partnership with the WE Well-being Initiative, a program created to empower youth and families with the tools and resources required to promote their own well-being. WaterStone saw a unique opportunity to promote awareness of eating disorders among youth, families and educators across Canada through this initiative.
To date, over 740 educators, healthcare professionals, youth, families and educators have attended educational workshops, with more planned for the future.