The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association (OFRA) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in September 1971. It originated with a group of Finnish individuals whose goal was simple – build a home for seniors of Finnish and Estonian descent. While OFRA continues to honour its Finnish and Estonian roots, over the past four decades, it has evolved into what could be described as a microcosm of the “Canadian Experience”.
Today, the Ontario Finnish Resthome Association is a mosaic of diverse cultures, a retirement community offering safe and affordable homes to all seniors in the District of Algoma. OFRA operates under the guiding principle that each resident be provided with the best environment possible within which they are able to maintain an optimum level of functioning and maximize the quality of their daily life. Physically, OFRA is a seniors’ residential community comprised of three sites:
- Suomi Eesti Maja – an independent living apartment building
- Uusi Koti – our latest independent living apartment building (completed fall 2016)
- Kotitalo – an assisted living facility for seniors who require some support with their daily living activities
- Mauno Kaihla Koti – a nursing home that provides 24 hour access to healthcare services