About Us: Rapport in the 1970's

In October 1969, a small group of Sheridan College students responded to the drug culture by initiating RAP, a 24 hour crisis intervention service to young people suffering adverse effects from the non-medical use of drugs. Drug education and information programs were also offered.

A Board of Directors was formed in early 1970, consisting of several interested and concerned Brampton residents. In the summer of 1970, a facility was set up at 148 Queen Street East in Brampton. At this time, financial support was obtained from Town Council and a new name, Rapport House, was developed with an increased membership. Rapport House offered crisis intervention and counselling to young people experiencing drug related problems. Its services included parent/child mediation, education for parents concerning drugs, providing regular visits to adolescents in the psychiatric ward at Peel Memorial Hospital, and acting as a resource to the community concerning adolescents and drug use.

In January 1971, Rapport House obtained official status as a non-profit charitable organization. Rapport House Inc. joined the United Way of Peel's family of member agencies in 1972 and, along with support from the Region of Peel, was ensured a relatively stable funding base.

During the 1970's, Rapport House began to see a shift in referrals from adolescents encountering drug related problems to adolescents experiencing a range of adjustment problems. As well, most of the presenting problems related to substance abuse were in fact symptoms of other more serious underlying problems related to personal functioning and family functioning. With this change and the increasing number of referrals, Rapport House grew from two staff in 1970, to four full-time and two part-time staff in 1980. All direct service staff were required to have professional backgrounds in Social Work. The agency began to focus more on the adolescent and the family within the context of the community, while maintaining a highly accessible service throughout the Region of Peel.

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