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Fife House – Community Programs for People with HIV/AIDS

Group Name: Fife House – Community Programs for People with HIV/AIDS

Description: Fife House is an innovative, client-focused provider of secure and supportive affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area.
Fife House delivers services which are focused on enhancing quality of life, building on individual strengths and promoting independence – recognizing that access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinant for the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Community Programs Department was created to address isolation and marginalization of men, women and families living with HIV/AIDS. The program promotes social integration, health and well being, which help in developing a sense of belonging and community among residents and within the larger community. The staff team oversees the Wellness Centre at our Sherbourne site which provides a variety of services offered by professionals free of charge. Alternative therapies (touch therapy, polarity therapy, naturopathy, reflexology etc.) are very popular with people living with HIV/AIDS and the team strive to provide a variety of opportunities for residents and clients in all programs.

Social/Recreational Programs provide access to a range of activities, services and outlets for residents/clients including: congregate dining, outings, yoga, expressive arts, games night and a gardening club.

Where: 490 Sherbourne Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M4X 1K9

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-205-9888 | www.fifehouse.org

Frontlines – Youth Programming

Group Name: Frontlines – Youth Programming

Description: In September 1987, Frontlines opened its doors to the children and youth in Weston, offering them a safe place to “hang out” away from the streets. Since then, we have welcomed hundreds of “Westonians”, providing programs and services in our quest to help make Weston a better and safer place. Started as a drop-in centre that focused primarily on music, Frontlines has been a haven for many children and youth from the Weston community – many of whom had lost their way.

We serve children ages 8 to 13 and youth 14 to 21, providing programming that addresses the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of participants. Our programming focuses on fitness, nutrition/cooking, and the performing arts. We work from a relationship model, meaning that programs are used to teach skills and draw children and youth into relationships with our staff and other members of our community. Our staff focus on creating impactful connections with our participants; it is through these relationships and mentoring that we see the greatest transformation in the lives of our participants.

Where: 1844 Weston Road | Toronto, ON M9N 1V8

When: Please contact for more details.

Contact: 416-244-7017 | info@frontlines.to | www.frontlines.to

Springtide Resources – Youth Program

Group Name: Springtide Resources – Youth Program

Description: Springtide Resources is a registered charity that develops and implements programs aimed at responding to the growing prevention, intervention and educational needs of those working toward ending violence against women and their children. Since 1978, our organization has been effectively providing training and resources to decrease the incidence of physical, psychological, emotional and sexual violence against women and the effect that woman abuse has on children.

Youth Program (Formerly the Young Women’s Program)
The Youth Program addresses the need for leadership, mentorship, and skills development opportunities for marginalized youth and young women such that they may better understand and address the violence and barriers they (and their peers and communities) experience in their lives.

Where: Suite 220, 215 Spadina Avenue | Toronto, ON M5T 2C7

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-968-3422 | info@womanabuseprevention.com | www.springtideresources.org

MicroSkills – Youth Welcoming Centre

Group Name: MicroSkills – Youth Welcoming Centre

Description: Community MicroSkills Development Centre is a non-profit organization that has served communities in Toronto and surrounding areas since 1984. They provide settlement, employment, and self-employment services to individuals, with priority to the needs of immigrants, youth, visible minority people, and low-income women.

Our Youth Welcoming Centre is a space that offers programming where youth feel welcomed, supported and valued by the community where they live. The Centre reaches out to youth who are new in Canada, as well as youth who are established in their community, and engages them in activities for mutual sharing, learning, and peer support. MicroSkills implements the Youth Welcoming model not only in the Centre itself, located at Dixon and Islington, but also in the other offsite locations where our youth services are delivered, such as in local schools, multi-service centers and hubs. Our youth services are available from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and include:

  • Education and Career Support
  • Physical, Nutrition & Wellness Program
  • English Conversation Starters
  • Leadership and Volunteer Development
  • Parent Engagement
  • Empowered Girls Clubs
  • Information, Support and Referral Services
  • Rexdale ProTech Media Centre
  • Cook Pre-apprenticeship Program

Where: 235 Dixon Road, Unit 12 | Toronto, ON M9P 2M5

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-247-7181 Exts. 1, 2601 | 1-877-979-3999 | admin@microskills.ca | www.microskills.ca

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

Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Drop-In)

Group Name: Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Drop-In)

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.

Sistering’s Drop Ins provide basic services to women who are homeless, under-housed, low income or marginalized and are looking for a safe and welcoming place to go during the day. In a welcoming, non-judgmental environment women can access much-needed supports. Sistering serves a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse population in a positive environment through shared commitment to principles of equity and access. At our Bloor Street Drop-In women can access a full range of services, seven days a week. Our basic services include:

  • hot breakfast and hot lunch
  • laundry facilities (washer & dryer)
  • showers
  • daybeds for napping
  • a mailing address, if needed
  • local phone and email
  • ESL Classes

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

When: Mondays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

The Remix Project – Youth Media Arts

Group Name: The Remix Project – Youth Media Arts

Description: The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education. The Remix Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.

The Remix Project is a 9-month arts incubator and training program that is divided into four academies: Recording Arts, Business, Creative Arts, and The City Life Film Project (Film & TV). Each academy is led by a Dean. he program is tailored to each individual’s goal. Upon being accepted into Remix, youth select a “major” and “minor” which become their areas of focus for the duration of the program. In order to graduate, participants must engage in at least 10 hours a week of programming. During the semester, youth engage in the following activities under the guidance of their Dean.

Who: The Remix Project is open to youth who meet the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 15-24
  • Reside in the Greater Toronto or Chicagoland Areas. (GTA)
  • Can spend a minimum 10 hours per week at Remix

Where: 2 Pardee Avenue, Suite 201 | Toronto, ON, M6K 3H5

Contact: 416-583-2120 Ext 1 | info@theremixproject.ca | theremixproject.com

MicroSkills – Womens Services

Group Name: MicroSkills – Womens Services (Life Skills)

Description: Community MicroSkills Development Centre is a non-profit organization that has served communities in Toronto and surrounding areas since 1984. They provide settlement, employment, and self-employment services to individuals, with priority to the needs of immigrants, youth, visible minority people, and low-income women.

Womens Services (Life Skills)
We offer workshops that help women develop the skills, confidence, information, and personal networks they need to manage complex lives. Selected topics are determined by women’s interests, and can include:

  • Parenting
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Career planning
  • Managing work-life balance
  • Building self esteem
  • Living violence free

These workshops are open to all women in our community.

Where: 1 Vulcan Street | Etobicoke, ON M9W 1L3

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-247-7181 Ext. 2328 | 1-877-979-3999 | admin@microskills.ca | www.microskills.ca

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