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Covenant House – Mental Health Program

Group Name: Covenant House – Mental Health Program

Description: Opened in 1982, Covenant House Toronto was the second international site established in the highly recognized childcare agency. The 21-site network spans from Alaska to Latin America. Today, Covenant House Toronto is a homeless youth agency. More than just a place to stay, we provide 24/7 crisis care and have the widest range of services under one roof, including education, counselling, health care and employment assistance.

Arts and Minds, our day program for youth with mental health issues, is a safe and welcoming place for kids to work towards healing and stability. The innovative program uses art therapy, as well as other hands-on activities like cooking and gardening. Through these creative techniques, we are able to teach kids communication and social skills in a non-threatening way. Art encourages youth to regain the ability to express themselves and rebuild a sense of self-worth. They also volunteer in the community, which gives our youth the pride of making a contribution. Morning sessions include structured activities, while afternoons are spent counselling youth individually.

Where: 20 Gerrard St. East | Toronto, ON M5B 2P3

Contact: 416-598-4898 | 1-800-435-7308 (24 hrs & shelter) | www.covenanthousetoronto.ca

Holiday Meals at Drop-in Centres in Toronto

You don’t have to go without food this holiday in the city of Toronto. Our partners at Consumer Survivor Info Centre has provided a list of Holiday Drop-In Meals Hours & Meals for Toronto. Click on the link below for the list of locations.

Drop-In Centres List PDF

Anishnawbe Health Toronto – Mental Health Services

Group Name: Anishnawbe Health Toronto – Mental Health Services

Description: Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) is a vision of the late Elder, Joe Sylvester. Initial efforts began with a diabetes research project, which realized that a more comprehensive approach to health care was needed by the Aboriginal community. As a fully accredited community health centre, AHT offers access to health care practitioners from many disciplines including Traditional Healers, Elders and Medicine People. Ancient ceremonies and traditions, intrinsic to our health care model are available.

Our service model integrates Traditional and Western approaches to assess, diagnose and treat mental health issues across the life cycle. Our multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals goes beyond treating symptoms by identifying and addressing the underlying causes of trauma (i.e. the residual effects of colonialism and the Residential School System). Our services are for all people with concerns about their emotional, psychological, behavioural and/or cognitive health. Priority groups for this program include seniors, people who are homeless, people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), people experiencing a mental health crisis, and people with concerns about their substance use or problem gambling. ** Adult Anger Management Class held weekly and registration is required.

Where: 179 Gerrard Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2E5

When: December 17th, 2014 and resuming on January 21, 2015 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. every Wednesday for the Adult Anger Management classes. Please call main line for information on the Mental Health Services provided.

Contact: Nicole Penak or Faith Chaput 416-920-2605 (Anger Management) | 416-891-8606 (24/7 Crisis) | 416-360-0486 (Main) | aht.ca

Sanctuary – Health Clinic

Group Name: Sanctuary – Health Clinic

Description: Sanctuary is a Christian charitable organization that seeks to establish and develop holistic, inclusive and healthy community. We welcome people who have, for the most part, known only rejection and abuse. Our core community includes: people who are homeless and people who run their own businesses, middle-aged, middle-class people and squeegee kids, and university students and hardened street people.

Individuals in our community face significant health issues, often resulting from their lifestyle – physical ailments caused by living on the streets or in poor-quality housing, or the side effects of substance abuse and “tough living”. Some common issues we deal with are foot care problems, wounds, infectious diseases (especially sexually transmitted diseases, skin infections and lung infections), and mental health care. Our team provides a range of care from basic stitch removal, to management of complex health care, like HIV/AIDs. Sanctuary deals with a host of other medical issues, including:

  • stabbings
  • beatings
  • nose bleeds
  • alcohol and drug addictions
  • seizures
  • pancreatitis
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • AIDS
  • pregnancy
  • cancer
  • neurological disorders
  • depression
  • schizophrenia
  • manic depression

Where: 25 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1R9

Contact: 416-922-0628 Ext. 7 leave a message | ppt@ppt.on.ca | www.ppt.on.ca

Regent Park Community Health Centre – Men’s Drop-in

Group Name: Regent Park Community Health Centre – Men’s Drop-in

Description: Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established in 1973. It is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services and community capacity building. Our priority is to reduce the health inequities experienced by low-income, immigrant & refugee, non-status and marginally-housed & homeless populations.

The men’s drop-in provides men who are homeless, vulnerable, and precariously housed a weekly space so they may socialize and connect with each other and staff from the Health Centre. Clients are offered food and activities (such as movies and outings), information, support and referral to services.

Where: 465 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2B2

When: Fridays: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Service areas: south of Bloor, north of Lake Ontario, west of the Don River, east of Yonge Street.

Contact: Dean Reid 416-364-2261 | www.regentparkchc.org

Regent Park Community Health Centre – Wednesday One Stop Walk-in

Group Name: Regent Park Community Health Centre – Wednesday One Stop Walk-in (W.O.W.)

Description: Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established in 1973. It is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services and community capacity building. Our priority is to reduce the health inequities experienced by low-income, immigrant & refugee, non-status and marginally-housed & homeless populations.

W.O.W. (Wednesday One Stop Walk-in) is a program designed to increase access to a wide range of health care services for vulnerable and homeless clients. People who are homeless, marginally housed, seniors with cognitive impairment and people with mental illness sometimes have difficulty keeping scheduled appointments. This program gives them access to services such as clinical care with physicians, nurses /nurse practitioners, case management / social work and housing, without a prior appointment and minimal waiting time.

Where: 465 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2B2

When: Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Service areas: south of Bloor, north of Lake Ontario, west of the Don River, east of Yonge Street.

Contact: 416-203-4506 | www.regentparkchc.org

Fred Victor – Open House Drop-In

Group Name: Fred Victor – Open House Drop-In

Description: Fred Victor is a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto.
Every day, more than 1,000 people use our programs and services. And each person who comes through our doors is experiencing poverty or homelessness. Our many programs and services, located at 10 different sites across Toronto, help people rebuild their lives.

Fred Victor’s Open House — an umbrella program located at our community services site at the Queen Street East and Jarvis Street corner – has been core to the lives of people living on the street, in shelters or in low-income housing. Open House staff encourages people to connect to staff and programs, meet other people and grab a healthy snack. This is the starting point for meeting people’s basic, as well as their more complex needs. Staff assists by:

  • answering questions about other Fred Victor programs and services
  • facilitating creative, active and empowering social/recreational programs
  • providing referrals to doctors, dentists, legal help, training programs and employment opportunities
  • offering gently-used clothing from our clothing room
  • promoting partnerships with other organizations that can assist with replacing I.D., opening bank accounts, applying for income supports, filing income tax, getting prescription eye glasses and more

Several programs are run under the umbrella of the Open-House.

Where: 59 Adelaide Street East, 6th Floor | Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

When: Every Monday to Friday, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Contact: 416-364-8228 | fredvictor.org

LOFT – Transitional Age Youth Program

Group Name: LOFT- Transitional Age Youth Program

Description: LOFT stands for “Leap of Faith Together“. Our name refers to our philosophy of taking risks and reaching out in response to unmet and emerging needs. It also refers to the leap of faith our clients take when they join our programs and take the risk of believing that things can improve for them, and that recovery is possible.

The LOFT Transitional Age Youth Program (TAY) seeks to fill the significant gaps that exist between youth and adult services sectors, and between hospital and community-based services. TAY serves about 200 at-risk youth a year, both male and female, aged 16 to 26. This program offers support and case management for youth mental health issues and youth addictions, and assists homeless youth in finding safe and affordable housing.

LOFT youth programs seek to harness each youth’s own personal strengths in order to encourage independence. Our programs aim to develop an empathetic, hopeful and continuous relationship with each client, taking a holistic approach to ensure each client receives services appropriate to his or her individual needs.

Where: 15 Toronto Street, 9th Floor | Toronto, ON M5C 2E3

When: Call for more information or vist us online.

Contact: Heather McDonald 416-979-1994 Ext. 226 | hmcdonald@loftcs.org | www.loftcs.org

Sistering: A Woman’s Place

Group Name: Sistering: A Woman’s Place

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.

Basic services to homeless, transient or socially isolated women with food, clothing, personal care and information. Provides social and recreational day programs, referrals, informal counselling, outreach and transportation to daily programs for special-needs women.

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

When: Programs and facilities are used on an as needed basis by Sistering and the community. Call for specific details.

Contact: Administration: 416-926-9762 | Drop In: 416-926-1946 | Outreach: 416-588-3939 | info@sistering.org

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