Neighbourhood activism resulted in the birth of the Overbrook Community Council. From 1974 to 1978, the Council undertook the research and preparation of a proposal to the City of Ottawa to enlarge the recreation centre to include medical and social services. A satellite health clinic of the Ste-Anne Clinic was envisioned.
The Recreation Centre was renovated to accommodate a ‘Multi-service Centre’. The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton provided the coordination and the clerical support, Home Management Services, a Special Care Service, and a team of nurses form Ottawa Public Health. Through a secondment, Catholic Family Services provided a social worker.
The Overbook-Forbes Community Service Association was incorporated – under Federal Charter – and was recognized as a registered charitable organization.
The Overbrook-Forbes CRC became autonomous from the Region and was given an operating budget administered by its Board of Directors.
Due to lack of space, the Centre moved to 1155 Lola Street.
In the 1990’s the Centre added the Emergency Food Program, Intake and Crisis Intervention, Community Development, and Children and Youth services
In the 2000’s the Centre made another move to 225 Donald Street with 3 times the space. Programs for young children and seniors are added as well as new partnerships with Ottawa Community Housing, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, and Action Logement.
The Centre established the Leetia and Isaac Community House in the Carson Grove area.
In 2008-2009, the Centre underwent extensive renovations to accommodate the long-awaited arrival of the Family Health Team
Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Centre. The Centre adopted a new name and became Rideau-Rockcliffe - a brand new name signifying our best effort to reach out to all the residents of our catchment area by adopting the municipal Ward 13 name of Rideau Rockcliffe.
Official opening of the new Carson’s Community House, the Membership Discussion with Crime Prevention Ottawa (regarding the Ottawa Gang Strategy Steering Committee & Post –Incident Neighbourhood Support Protocol), launch of the Centre website, and endorsement of the Poverty and Hunger Working Group