The New Path Foundation and the Richmond Fund Advisory Committee held a reception to recognize Jessie Richmond for her leadership, insight, passion and fortitude in founding the Richmond House.
Jessie was a high school teacher in Orillia coming into the area in 1928 and teaching up until 1965. It has been said of Jessie that she taught “a goodly proportion of Orillia” during those years and her community work saw not only the formation of the Orillia Group Home for Girls that opened in 1970 which would be renamed the Richmond House but her involvement on the Executive of the Orillia University Women’s Club, past president of St. Pau’s UCW, Elder at St. Paul’s and corresponding secretary for Simcoe Presbyterial UCW. The Richmond House would evolve over the years to become the Richmond Youth and Family Centre spanning three decades of compassionate social service in the children’s mental health field, merging in 2000 to create New Path Youth and Family Services along with the New Path Foundation.
The Reception was well attended by friends and colleagues of Jessie and Jessie was remembered for what her legacy has created. In honor of Jessie Richmond, the Community Kitchen at Orillia Common Roof was re-named the Jessie Richmond Community Kitchen.
New Path is a multi-service, fully accredited, children’s mental health agency serving children, youth and families through a wide range of mental health and youth justice programs, as well as adults through partner abuse services. We focus on making a difference in the lives of those we serve helping to create a better future for individuals and the communities they live in.