Rossbrook House is 46

Another year has gone by and Rossbrook House remains open every day for children and youth.

For the last 46 years,  Rossbrook House has been a safe place for children and youth to belong, play, learn and become…

While we aren’t having a party due to the COVID pandemic, we are celebrating this special day. Since 1976, Rossbrook House has been a part of the community, providing programming, jobs, and so much more for children and youth.

What started all those years ago as a place for older teens to hang out is now a place for ages 6 to 24, with a variety of after-school programming and activities. Daily after-school meals are also provided.

“I think in some ways, right from the beginning, Rossbrook was trying to expand kids’ horizons,” Executive Director Phil Chiappetta said. “But part of that was just to get kids outside of the regular environment that they’d always been in.”

Rossbrook House is open 24 hours every weekend and all school holidays.

Last winter, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we kept our doors open 24 hours each day and became a shelter for all ages.
On weekends and all school holidays, including the summer, we keep our doors open for youth, 24 hours. We’re an after-school drop-in for children and youth to find a safe place to belong, play, learn and become…

“It’s not like I come to work every day, it’s something that I come to and enjoy the younger people. And to see them joyous and taking advantage of our programs and activities,” said Operations Manager Warren Goulet. “It’s a home away from home for a lot of our younger people.”

We have had many celebrations over the years… view our short video to see just a few.

What we do

As we celebrate another birthday, we are reflecting on the past 46 years. We’re proud to say that we:

  • Keep the doors open 365 days of the year
  • Recruit our staff from the participants
  • Drive participants safely home each evening
  • Host 3 alternative school programs
  • Provide scholarships
  • Provide daily meals
  • Provide programs and activities

What memories do you have of a Rossbrook House event?