Programs & Services

A general overview of what Sunbeam Centre has to offer.

Residential Support Services

Sunbeam Centre offer a variety of residential placements in 4-8 bed Group Home environments in community neighbourhoods. Both long term and respite (relief/emergency) supports are also available. A holistic, needs based approach is used, in concert with families, to develop an ‘Individual Life Plan’ that describes the supports to be delivered.

Our Clients

We provide support for children, youth, middle aged and senior citizens with varying degrees of developmental disabilities.

Our clients have a wide variety of strengths and abilities, as well as needs — many have complex medical issues and are technologically dependent. Some clients require 24-hour nursing supports and total care, while others are medically stable. Some require supports and assistive devices for their mobility and seating, while others are fully independent and ambulatory.

Many of our clients are non-verbal, however are able to express themselves using various communication devices and methods. A primary focus for some may be sensory stimulation, leisure and therapeutics, while others enjoy full community participation.

Community Living Group Homes

Sunbeam operates a total of 14 separate group homes in Waterloo Region, serving over 75 residents full-time. Four homes are located on the grounds of our main Kingsway facility, while the rest are located out in neighbourhoods across the Region.

Numerous day activities are provided within the homes themselves, as well as our Kingsway Facility (Day Program) or out in the community (special events, etc.)

Group Home Locations
  • Champlain Crescent, Kitchener
  • Eagen Drive, Kitchener
  • Zeller Drive, Kitchener
  • Kingsway Drive, Kitchener
  • Tradewinds Place, Kitchener
  • Williamsburg Road, Kitchener
  • Rothsay Avenue, Kitchener
  • Breckwood Drive, Kitchener
  • Cornridge Place, Waterloo
  • Paradise Crescent, Waterloo
  • Young Street, St. Jacobs
 Weekend Respite & Short Term Support

The respite program is able to serve children and young adults who are medically fragile/technologically dependent or have other significant care needs.In addition to our long-term group homes, we also have two self-contained ‘units’ within our Kingsway Facility – The Apartment, and the (recently-opened) Loft, which are the basis for our weekend parental relief program. Click the thumbnail to view more images.With a variable staff to resident ratio, the respite program is able to serve medically fragile and technologically dependent children and young adults, as well as the less fragile multi-challenged individuals.In addition to The Apartment and The Loft, we also have five respite beds available in our community living group homes for emergency stays and support.

Passport & Fee-for-Service

To see all the all the current Passport & Fee-for-Service opportunities (including Adult Respite and Day Program) available, please click on the button below to download our latest brochure.


Community Outreach

Sunbeam operates a wide variety of Community Outreach programs & services, from day camps and information, to professional therapy and medical support.

Day Program at Kingsway

Our weekday-operated Day Program at our Kingsway Facility provides a wide variety of full or half-time activities for Sunbeam residents as well as eligible community-based adults living at home. We also have a selection of limited enrollment activities and workshops for developing daily living skills (Life Skills), sensory, leisure, social and recreational skills training both on site and in the community.

We also run many one-time camps and other yearly events that are now part of our Passport Program.

Developmental Services Resource CentreDSRC Kitchener Office

DSRC provides access to a wide range of professional and support services for both children and adults with developmental disabilities in Waterloo Region.

Services include information and intake functions, clinical and support services, access to residential and community participation supports and service resolution. In partnership with Kerry’s Place, DSRC offers ABA service for children and youth 9-18 years of age. Through our Autism Consultant, we offer behaviour consultation and social skill development both individual and group.

DSRC is the lead agency in supporting young adults transitioning out of child welfare for Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin, Halton & Peel. They have been recently selected as the host agency for the Waterloo Region Special Needs Strategy.

  • The Clinical Team provides assessment, short term treatment, consultation and training (in the areas of Behaviour, Speech-Language Pathology, Health Care and Social Work) to children and adults in Waterloo Region.
  • Child & Youth Services Coordinators assist and support people in meeting the needs of family members with a developmental disability (from infancy to adulthood). Coordinators can provide information about developmental disabilities, provide emotional support; assist in getting information and access to supports and services; advocate with a family; and assist families in coordinating their services.
  • Adult Service Coordinators provide individualized, client-centred supports through: coordination of and referral to community resources; individual and systemic advocacy; and supportive counselling to persons with developmental disabilities who are over the age of 18 and reside in Waterloo Region. A voluntary working relationship is established between the client and coordinator to develop goals that will enhance the individual’s sense of independence and inclusion in their community.
  • Informative seminars and/or training sessions on a variety of topics are available to local service providers and interest groups, on request.

For more information on the services that DSRC offers, please visit our website at

Developmental Services Ontario – Central West RegionDSO Logo

Sunbeam operates Developmental Services Ontario Central West Region, the access point for adult developmental services.

Our services include: Provision of Information, Intake Supports, Completion of Application & Needs Assessments, Eligibility Confirmation, Service Navigation & Matching, Wait List Management, support for systems & community planning.

DSO Central West provides these services in the following areas: Waterloo Region, Wellington County, Dufferin County, Halton Region and Peel Region.

For more information on our services and how to contact us, please visit the website at

Medical Clinics

Dental: a consulting Dentist and other dental staff provide assessment, restorative and preventative treatment and other non-surgical intervention to Sunbeam residents and, on a limited basis, to community clients. Our dental office is located at our Kingsway Facility.

Seating: Authorized personnel offer seating (wheelchair & insert) assessment and prescription to Sunbeam residents and, on a limited basis, to community clients. Our seating clinic is located at our Kingsway Facility.

Special Physical Resources

Our Kingsway Facility offers a wide range of fully-accessible and specialized resources, available for use by Sunbeam residents as well as individuals, families, groups and agencies from our community.

Many of these resources can be reserved or scheduled at a nominal fee. Please contact Client & Community Program Bookings for more information. Click on each thumbnail for more images of our facilities.

Sensory Room

Our latest addition – A large Snoezelen-style area provides sensory stimulation as well as many interactive audio and visual components.

Snoezelen Room

A multi-sensory environment built by community donors was Southwestern Ontario’s first, and provides sensory stimulation within a calm, relaxing setting.

Therapeutic Pool

A 20 X 40 foot fully ‘stepped’ and ‘lift’ accessible pool is kept at a therapeutically warm temperature to promote muscle relaxation.

Snoezelen Spa

Canada’s first, combines the effects of the Snoezelen Room, within the therapeutic context of a whirlpool/hot tub.

Adventure Room

Our refurbished gym, is a large day program area well suited to small and large group activities. We have integrated A/V and projection equipment available for use.

LifeSkills Room

This room replicates an ‘apartment’ setting most suitable for training of the activities of daily living and is a primary day program environment for clients. This is a totally separate area from ‘The Apartment’ and ‘The Loft’ which are used for weekend respite support.


Our three versatile classrooms are integral for our Day Program, Passport Events & other activities.