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North York Community House – Parenting Groups

Group Name: North York Community House – Parenting Groups

Description: North York Community House (NYCH) is a dynamic neighbourhood centre offering innovative programs and services to newcomers & residents, helping build strong, healthy communities.

NYCH also provides support groups specifically for parents and caregivers. These groups cover a wide range of topics to help newcomers deal with the transition to parenting in Canada. Groups are offered in different languages depending on community needs.

Where: 700 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 226 | Toronto, ON M6A 3B4

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | info@midyanta.com | www.midaynta.com

FCJ Refugee Centre – Wellness Program

Group Name: FCJ Refugee Centre – Wellness Program

Description: FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status, and welcomes anyone asking for advice, counsel and support regarding these issues. We address systemic issues that newly arrived refugee claimants face in Canada including lack of resources, marginalization, and discrimination. Countless people are touched by our services. Some become residents at one of the houses, and use our refugee settlement services, while some only use the Centre’s refugee protection services. For all these people we advocate in any way necessary: assistance with paperwork, translation and interpretation, accompaniment, referral to immigration lawyers connected to our organization, orientation to local social services, skills development, and counselling to support a healthy and positive start to life in Canada. Still others are guided and informed by our popular education programme, which encompasses training, seminars, workshops, and publications.

Primary Health Care Clinic
Dr. Jim Sugiyama is a family physician, who generously donates his valuable time on every other Saturdays to provide primary health care to the most marginalized populations. Every other Saturday he manage to see children, women, families, youths and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Mental Health Clinic
Ms. Salma Zafar coordinates our Mental Health Clinic. The therapeutic counseling is offered in a holistic and client-centered approach to improve the mental health and well-being of the individuals. It is offered in a supportive, non-judgemental, compassionate and caring environment. Individuals are coming for short or long term counseling as a process of healing and recovery.

Self-Care
FCJ Refugee Centre model of care is holistic focusing on improving mental, physical and spiritual health through yoga. Individuals will learn gentle yoga postures as a relaxing techniques. Yoga has enabled the FCJ Refugee service users to take control of their bodies, minds and lives thus improving their overall wellness. The yoga therapist incorporates breathing and meditation techniques to help individuals to de-stress and helps them to cope with the challenges of living in a stressful environment.

Where: 208 Oakwood Avenue | Toronto, ON M6E 2V4

When: The yoga classes are accessible to everyone, regardless of their ages every Saturdays at 10.00 a.m. The clinics are open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-469-9754 | info@fcjrefugeecentre.org | www.fcjrefugeecentre.org

CultureLink – Seniors Services

Group Name: CultureLink – Seniors Services

Description: CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers, we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, is dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural.
Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.

The Newcomer Seniors Centre (NSC) provides services and activities to all newcomer seniors with a special focus on Chinese, Polish, and Spanish speaking seniors. The activities are for all immigrant seniors, primarily driven by seniors. The seniors and NSC staff organize educational workshops and social events for the immigrant seniors to mingle and learn more about their communities and their rights in Canada. We are constantly exploring different ways to engage immigrant seniors and facilitate their integration and contribution to Canadian society. Services include:

  • General information and referrals
  • Educational workshops related to ageing such as health and safety, financial issues, etc.
  • Internet literacy classes
  • Fitness program
  • Cultural outings and field trips
  • Arts and crafts
  • Global Roots Gardening
  • Variety of social events

Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite 301 | Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 416-588-6288 | reception@culturelink.ca | www.culturelink.ca

CultureLink – Youth Services

Group Name: CultureLink – Youth Services

Description: CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers, we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, is dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural.
Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.

Are you a newcomer youth looking for fun activities? Do you have immigration questions? Are you applying for refugee status? Are you unsure about your rights if you don’t have legal status in Canada or are unsure about how to sponsor a family member? We can help! We offer free after-school programs, immigration orientation services by appointment, and our youth services workers can guide you and if necessary, accompany you to the Refugee Board. We keep all of your information confidential.

We also provide assistance for newcomer youth in job searching, filling out school and scholarship applications, getting referrals to appropriate programs and services, finding housing, applying for Ontario Works, getting a work permit and lots more! Groups offered under youth services: Sankofa Newcomer Youth Program, The Global Roots Garden, Multicultural Club, Sankofa Drop-in, Sankofa LGBTQ+, and TUMBAO Dance Crew.

Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite 301 | Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 416-588-6288 | reception@culturelink.ca | www.culturelink.ca

Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Problem Gambling

Group Name: Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Problem Gambling

Description: The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) is a non for profit organization with charitable status, and is non-political and non-sectarian. The ACCT is proud to be a focal point for all Arab and non-Arab communities in which they can find an outlet for settlement and social services inquiries. We serve newcomers of all cultures, religions and ethnicities.

Problem Gambling is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is not just about losing money, it has a negative impact on person’s life. It can affect health, school or work performance, financial and/or interpersonal relationships.

The Arab Community Center of Toronto is currently providing professional and confidential services on Problem Gambling. The services include culturally appropriate prevention, education and treatment for gambling and family members in the Arab Community. Our prevention services include outreach and public education activities directed towards various Arabian groups. We provide services to individuals, couples, family and group counseling for people with problem gambling or those affected. The ACCT during the past year helped more than 20 clients to control over their addiction.

Where: 555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209 | Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y3

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-231-7746 | info@arabnewcomers.org | www.arabcommunitycentre.com

Afghan Women’s Organization – Senior Afghan Women Circle

Group Name: Afghan Women’s Organization – Senior Afghan Women Circle

Description: Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) first opened its doors to address the needs of Afghan women living in Ontario. AWO began by offering English training and settlement services for newly arrived Afghan women. Not only have we significantly expanded these particular services, but have also considerably broadened the scope of our projects and programs. Currently, the AWO’s various projects and programs are assisting hundreds of Afghan refugees immigrate to Canada; helping ease the settlement process for many new immigrants in Ontario; providing resources to find employment and training opportunities; offering psychological support; and creating individual and group counseling for families, seniors and youth.

The Senior Afghan Women’s Circle is designed with the primary objective to reach out to isolated and ostracized Afghan senior women in hopes of decreasing their social isolation and assisting them in becoming more active and healthy members of Canadian society. Afghan senior women are a segment of the larger Afghan community that has been recognized as experiencing tremendous mental health issues (i.e., post-traumatic stress, depression, culture shock) as well as physical health concerns. In addition, mobility and language barriers along with a general lack of knowledge about their new surroundings all contribute to feelings of social isolation and fear. The program provides and communicates information especially designed to fit their specific cultural needs, as well as creating an environment where they can provide one another with mutual support.

Where: 789 Don Mills Rd., # 700 | Toronto, ON M3C 1T5

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-588-3585 | ageneral@afghanwomen.org | www.afghanwomen.org

The Stop Community Food Centre – Community Cooking

Group Name: The Stop Community Food Centre – Community Cooking

Description: The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality. We believe that healthy food is a basic human right. We recognize that the ability to access healthy food is often related to multiple issues and not just a result of low income. At The Stop, we’ve taken a holistic approach to achieve real change in our community’s access to healthy food.

Community Cooking at The Stop offers the opportunity for people to connect with each other over good food. This includes a variety of community kitchens (see below), which help build food skills, reduce social isolation, and participants’ access to healthy food, as well as regular food demonstrations on the preparations of various foods. Under the community cooking program there cooking groups for healthy cooking, men cooking together, Latin American cooking and diet specific cooking.

Where: 1884 Davenport Road | Toronto, ON M6N 4Y2

When: Call for more information as each group has a different location and times.

Contact: Hussein 416-652-7867 Ext. 238 | Kristyn 416-651-7867 Ext. 23 | general@thestop.org | thestop.org

All Saints Church-Community Centre – Women’s Drop-In

Group Name: All Saints Church-Community Centre – Women’s Drop-In

Description: All Saints Church-Community Centre is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment while enhancing the well-being of homeless and street-involved individuals from a harm reduction and human-rights based approach. All Saints provides friendship, social opportunities, group and individual creative expression opportunities, case management, counselling, advocacy, and sanctuary. These services are provided with respect, compassion, and without prejudice to all who seek them. We place people, their goals and needs, at the center of everything we do, and strive to create a place that is welcoming, supportive, and accessible.

All Saints Women’s Drop-In uses a harm reduction and human-rights based approach to work with women (trans-inclusive) who are engaging in sex work in the community. Grounded in the principles of social justice, we work to protect the rights, health and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry. Our programs strive to address the impact that discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work. All Saints Women’s Drop-In embraces a non-judgmental, all-inclusive approach while providing a full spectrum of programs to address basic and immediate needs, long-term goal setting and life skills development. ***Women’s group available for women who are not in sex work.

Where: 315 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON, M5A 2A2

When: Fridays from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Women’s non-sex work related drop-in: Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-368-7768 | admin@allsaintstoronto.com | allsaintstoronto.com

Canadian Centre for Men and Families

Group Name: Canadian Centre for Men and Families – Mindfulness Meditation for Men

Description: The first facility of its kind, we are an open, inclusive and safe space dedicated to the health and well-being of boys, men, fathers and their families. We provides workshops, counseling, discussion groups and a variety of special events. Programs include trauma and abuse support, suicide prevention, fathering, tutoring, mentorship and legal aid. We run services, research, advocacy, outreach and public education on all aspects of men’s issues.

Mindfulness Meditation for Men
These workshops are for those who wish to have an introduction to mindfulness meditation, and to begin to use some of the breathing, relaxation, and awareness exercises in their everyday life. In a small group setting we will explore ways to develop focus, inner stillness and to watch our experience with new awareness rather than from our learned autopilot. Learn how men can development themselves physically, emotionally, and mentally (and often spiritually) and experience the everyday in a new way. Respond to life more and react less. “Be” present with…and despite our life circumstances. The Mindfulness Meditation for Men has two components: an introduction session (monthly) and exercises and practice session (monthly). ** There is no cost to attend and registration is required.

Where: 152 Carlton Street, Unit 201 | Toronto, ON, M5A 2K1

When: Introduction Session (second Monday each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) and Exercises and Practice Session (fourth Monday each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30)

Contact: 647-479-9611 | 1-844-900-CCMF (2263) | info@menandfamilies.ca | www.menandfamilies.org

Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Korean Women

Group Name: Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Women’s Support Group

Description: Catholic Community Services of York Region is a not for profit charitable, social services agency, delivering a comprehensive array of services to the whole community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are an inclusive, multicultural organization embracing many faiths and languages. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for donations. CCSYR is a family services agency, accredited by both Family Service Ontario and Catholic Charities. We offer many types of counselling and group services to help people cope with personal and relationship challenges.

Newcomer Women’s Support Group: An eight session supportive group for newcomer women to meet with other
members of their community sharing their experiences, builds up community connection, and discusses topics including: self esteem, stress and isolation, family relationships, women’s health issues, and immigration related issues. ***Registration in advance is required. Call the Intake Line or e-mail us. This group is offered in Korean. Child minding is sometimes available for these programs. Call to enquire or check the Schedule. Registration fee is $10.

Where: Ontario Early Years Centre 7755 Bayview Avenue | Thornhill, ON L3T 4P1

When: Saturdays from January 24th through March 7th, 2015. Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Contact: 905-770-7040 | 905-709-6159 | groups@ccsyr.org | ccsyr.org

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