Rosewood House was founded in 1998 as a not for profit, charitable organization. It was originally a for-profit group home for mental health clients, but the funding sources as a profit corporation were not sustainable. The corporation was reorganized as a non-profit corporation and shortly thereafter achieved charitable status from Revenue Canada.
For many years, the organization was run by Ernie Livick who grew the organization from one which barely got by financially into an organization that had significant reserves and was financially stable. One of Mr. Livick’s innovations was the contract he signed with the local Children’s Aid Society to provide service to crown wards who had mental health problems.
One of the major events during Mr. Livick’s tenure was the renovation of the front part of the residence to provide for more office space.
In the summer of 2010, Mr Livick passed away and his position was taken by Tim Philp who was, at that time, chairman of the board. Mr Philp resigned from the board to take over the administration of Rosewood.
Under Mr. Philp’s tenure, the model of care for Rosewood was completely revised to a more professional, client-centred model of care. Staff were reorganized and new, qualified people were hired to provide care. Further renovations were carried out to improve kitchen, dining and bathroom facilities in the residence.
Many links were forged in the last few years with colleges and universities to provide work experience and training for students. As well, Rosewood has worked with the criminal justice system, including the Aboriginal People’s Court to provide services to this marginalized population.
Starting on December 1st, 2018, Rosewood’s mission changed to providing emergency shelter services for the homeless population of Brantford and Brant County.