Group Name: Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Health and Wellbeing Program)

Description: Sistering is a women’s organization that offers practical and emotional support through programs which enable them to take greater control over their lives. Guided by the principles of Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression, Sistering works to change social conditions which endanger women’s welfare. Sistering was founded early in 1980, when a small group of social service agency representatives, women living in hostels and community residents came together to discuss the needs of homeless and transient women in downtown Toronto. Particularly women’s need for a safe and welcoming women’s only space during the day, and a space where women could access food, support and information.

Poverty and homelessness exact a huge toll on women’s physical, mental and emotional health. Homeless women typically walk for hours every day. Life on the streets is extremely unsafe and stress is high and ever-present. Most homeless women do not have access to a family doctor, or primary healthcare. Sistering’s response has been to partner with St.Michael’s Hospital Inner City Health Associates and provide a primary health clinic onsite that is staffed with a family doctor and Psychiatrist, and is open 3 days a week. Sistering also offers a range of health promoting activities and programs on site. At no cost to participants, we offer support groups for adult abuse survivors, diabetes management, harm reduction, emotional management of trauma and anger (Feelings Group) as well as health and well-being programs and services:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Referrals to other medical services and departments
  • Dental referral, partnership with Queen West Community Health Centre and the University of Toronto Dental Clinic
  • Public health nurse

Programs are offered in other languages as well.

Where: 962 Bloor St. W. | Toronto, ON M6H 1L6

Contact: 416-926-9762 | www.sistering.org | info@sistering.org

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