New name for familiar services

There’s a new organization called Traverse Independence. Yet it has offered services in Waterloo Region for the past 33 years, empowering and connecting adults on their journey towards living independently.

Beginning last week, the not-for-profit organization formerly known as Participation House – Waterloo Wellington will be known as Traverse Independence, which provides services for adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and physical disabilities.

Unveiling of the new name and logo, and details of the journey can be found at

“For the past 33 years, we have been on a journey of growth that has seen us develop many new programs and facilities across the Region for our clients,” explained Toby Harris, executive director of Traverse Independence.

“We traverse the distance between where our clients are today and where they dream of being: enjoying a life of independence. For the first time, our organization has a distinct brand identity that makes a clear statement about how we work with our clients to help them to be independent.”

A quick Google search reveals that approximately 12 organizations in Ontario have the name Participation House.

Traverse Independence was chosen as the new name because it communicates the organization’s journey of growth, its mission of empowering adults on their journey towards independence, and differentiates the unique services offered by the organization.

This mission is what has helped the organization’s employees and volunteers quadruple over the past 33 years, and its services to expand to include high quality supportive housing services and  innovative ABI programs.

“We see this as the first step in our next phase of growth,” said Harris. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the dedication and support of our staff and volunteers, and certainly not without our clients. They are the reason we celebrate our success every day.”

Traverse Independence empowers and connects clients on their journey towards independence, providing services for adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and physical disabilities. Founded in 1975, the organization has grown to serve the needs of more than 250 individuals annually through eight locations in the Region of Waterloo and the County of Wellington, and 140 dedicated staff and volunteers.

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