One Roof. Many Voices.
Heartwood House is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting small non-profit and charitable organizations. We believe that we are far better together under one roof, achieving our respective missions in a community environment that provides the opportunity for member organizations to learn from each other, while serving clients more creatively, efficiently, and cost-effectively than operating in isolation. Heartwood House owns a 26,000 square foot facility just east of downtown Ottawa.
What sets us apart?
We strongly believe that we are better together. On a practical level, sharing meeting rooms, photocopiers, fax machines and other resources are common daily practices. But it’s much more than that! Heartwood House is a village of community minded people who take the time to know and support each other, resulting in a welcoming environment where people feel valued and respected.
Thank you to our supporters:
Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, OC Transpo - City of Ottawa, HRSDC Canada, Harold Crabtree Foundation, Project Clear Skies, Brighter Tomorrows, Sisters of Charity, Price Financial, Sisters of Service /Daly Foundation, Scotia Bank, Community Foundation of Ottawa, Harry P Ward Foundation, Home Depot, The Body Shop, Deloitte Canada, McCay Duff LLP, The Scone Witch, IODE-Laurentian Chapter, Kiwanis, Alterna, RND Construction, City of Ottawa CEPGP Program - Environmental Business Services, JustChange, Rystenbil Custom Services
Why is Heartwood House so important, for so many people, for so many reasons?
"I am a fifty year old man who’s worked in the trades since I was 14. I was forced to go to work at a young age. When I turned 48 my body started to fail me, and I could no longer work the physical jobs. I had become very depressed. I was always good at my job and made good money, but suddenly I found myself on the welfare system…About 18 months ago my worker told me about the ALSO program at Heartwood House…Now out of the 18 programs at Heartwood House, I use 6 of them and volunteer for 3 of those programs…this has become my new community!"
“Heartwood House has been a huge support for the development of EcoEquitable and our ability to deliver high quality programs. Because of Heartwood House, we have a beautiful, dignified environment for our participants. We have also been able to tailor our space to meet participant needs. As an organization, we are able to grow our social enterprise through a well-designed storefront boutique and continually collaborate with other organizations in the building to best meet the needs of our community. As a small social enterprise, we especially appreciate shared services and equipment, central reception, affordable space, community kitchen and shared meeting spaces. Heartwood House is an exceptionally welcoming and friendly environment for staff, participants and volunteers.”
Overbook Community Association says:
“As soon as Heartwood House decided to move to the Overbrook neighbourhood, a relationship based on mutual respect and collaboration developed between our two associations. Their presence in the community is a great fit given the needs of our residents; their philosophy of operation has enhanced the quality of life in Overbrook.”
The Boys and Girls Club says:
“We have quickly recognized that Heartwood House has established themselves as a hub in the Vanier Community. The need for expansion and development of a shared space facility that supports emerging small charities and not-for-profit groups is paramount in the Vanier area. We have identified that the majority of residents living in this community rely heavily on the services provided by Heartwood House. The Boys and Girls Club is also a recipient of one of the literacy programs which helps support our children and youth during Homework Club.”