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Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Counselling for Victims of Abuse

Group Name: Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Counselling for Victims of Abuse

Description: We provide a full range of services to our clients and their families, and continually identify and develop new programs that address the evolving needs of our diverse, ethno-cultural community. The Mission of SAFSS (Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services) is “to assist, educate and empower newcomers, women, seniors, youth, children and families in their integration process to improve their health and quality of life, realize their fullest potential and become contributing members of the Canadian society”.

Supportive Counselling for Victims of Domestic Violence
Supportive Counselling for Victims of Domestic Violence emphasizes holding group sessions in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner for two different groups- Farsi/Dari speakers vs. Urdu/Hindi speakers. The support group for domestic violence model is based on sharing information about basic resources in the community and how to access them. The project teaches coping and survival skills in a culturally sensitive manner and help victims relate to each other and practice skills imparted during one-on-one counseling.

Where: 1200 Markham Road, Suite 214 | Scarborough, ON M1H 3C3

When: Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-431-4847 | reception@safss.org | www.safss.org

Delta Family Resource Centre – Parent Child Drop-In

Group Name: Delta Family Resource Centre – Parent Child Drop-In

Description: A multilingual, muti-ethnic, community based organization working with families and children to enhance their potential through programs that promote their well-being and involvement in the community. They are guided by the principles of ensuring accessibility, building equity, and strengthening community capacity. They offer a range of support services to caregivers of children, settlement programs and services, community support, and a range of activities that enhance individual skills and promotes healthy communities.

A place for parents to

  • Meet other parents and share experiences
  • Obtain employment and settlement information
  • Enjoy activities together
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Play and have fun in a safe and nurturing enviroment
  • Enjoy a variety of activities together
  • Socialize and interact with other children

*** Free childcare and snacks provided.

Where: Jane & Sheppard Mall | 2721 Jane Street, Unit 14 | Toronto, ON M3L 1S3

When: Fridays from 9:15 a.m. until 11: 45 a.m.

Contact: 416-747-1172 | contactus@dfrc.ca | www.dfrc.ca

Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – Seniors Support

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – Evergreen Senior Support Group

Description: The 46-year momentum fuelled by the dedication, compassion and hard work of volunteers and staff places CICS at the forefront of serving immigrants. CICS is funded by three levels of government and United Way to provide a wide range of settlement programs and services in Toronto and York Region. Our staff speak 20 languages collectively and we serve immigrants of all age groups. CICS is committed to providing their clients with equal access to services that meet their individual needs.

Newcomer Senior Support Group
This support group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month inside the Milliken Mills Library. Fun-filled and informative activities such as wellness exercise, story-telling, and information sessions on settlement topics are organized by our Mandarin-speaking staff at the library and Settlement Workers. *** Languages: Mandarin & English

Where: 7600 Kennedy Rd, Unit #1 | Markham, ON L3R 9S5

When: Third Tuesday of every month starting in April, except the month of July where it will be on the last Tuesday. From 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Contact: Shirley Lin 905-305-4117 | 905-479-7926 |info@cicscanada.com | www.cicscanada.com

Centre for Immigration and Community Services – South Asian Seniors

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – South Asian Seniors Support

Description: The 46-year momentum fuelled by the dedication, compassion and hard work of volunteers and staff places CICS at the forefront of serving immigrants. CICS is funded by three levels of government and United Way to provide a wide range of settlement programs and services in Toronto and York Region. Our staff speak 20 languages collectively and we serve immigrants of all age groups. CICS is committed to providing their clients with equal access to services that meet their individual needs.

South Asian Seniors Support
Immigrating to a new country can be a very exciting and challenging experience. Would you like to share your stories with others or to learn more about the community resources in your neighbourhood? The South Asian Seniors Support Group meets regularly at different Welcome Centers of Immigrant Services in York region. This is a great opportunity for you to meet new friends and find support for one another. Each meeting features a special topic such as health related issues, employment, education, recreation, social benefits and more. We invite you to come and be a part of this community. *** Languages: Hindi & English

Where: 7220 Kennedy Road | Markham, ON L3R 7P2

When: Every Monday from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Mona 647-695-8118 | 905-479-7926 |info@cicscanada.com | www.cicscanada.com

South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Chinese Newcomer Women’s Group

Group Name: South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Chinese Newcomer Women’s Group

Description: The South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) is a community-based organization that offers primary health care services and health promotion programs to a diverse community. We strive to respond to local issues and provide services in active partnership with our clients, patients, neighbours, community groups and professional organizations. SRCHC is funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.

The Chinese Newcomer Women’s Group has a total of 10 sessions. Chinese newcomer women meet each other, listen to presentations and join in different activities. We will focus on a range of mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, fear, anger, depression as well as the domestic violence. Community resources and support services for newcomer women with mental health challenges will be explored. The group will meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Complimentary services include healthy snacks and child minding.

Mandarin-speaking newcomer women are welcome to join us. For more information/registration, please contact Grace. ***Participants must live within the service boundaries.

Where: 955 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON, M4M 3P3

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mandarin and Cantonese speaking women are encouraged to call ahead since the groups rotate between the two.

Contact: Grace Ho 416-461-1925 Ext. 248 | www.srchc.ca

Etobicoke Brighter Future Coalition – Home Visiting

Group Name: Etobicoke Brighter Future Coalition – Home Visiting (South Etobicoke)

Description: The Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition (EBFC) is a collaborative group of community partners that work together to plan, develop and deliver services and programs that will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable young children within the context of their families and their communities. Our vision is to work toward the creation of a seamless network of integrated services for all young children and their families.

Parent Support Workers visit families in their home to discuss issues and share resources related to raising healthy children. Families receive referrals and information about other community programs and services and assistance in accessing these services. Parent Support Workers can provide some escort service to appointments when necessary. This program is intended to provide support for parents with children age 0-6 who are in crisis, are living in conditions that put the child(ren) at risk for unhealthy development, and/or are experiencing stress. Newcomer parents, teen/youth parents and women who are expecting will also benefit from this program.

*** Interested parents or families living south of Bloor Street and between the Humber River and Etobicoke Creek are eligible for this program.

Where: Services and supports are offered through visits to clients’ homes or at mutually agreed up locations in the community.

Contact: Debbie Bridge 416-252-6471 Ext.285 | www.ebfc.ca

Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Isolated Afghani Women Support

Group Name: Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Isolated Afghani Women Support

Description: We provide a full range of services to our clients and their families, and continually identify and develop new programs that address the evolving needs of our diverse, ethno-cultural community. The Mission of SAFSS (Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services) is “to assist, educate and empower newcomers, women, seniors, youth, children and families in their integration process to improve their health and quality of life, realize their fullest potential and become contributing members of the Canadian society”.

Isolated Afghani Women Support
This group is for Afghani women that meets twice weekly. Settling in an unfamiliar environment can be both exciting and challenging. If you have an opportunity to share your feelings and concerns with others who are in the same boat, you will be able to get some support and grow out of your feeling of isolation. Just give us a call or make an appointment with our staff to learn more about our programs while you are coping with challenges relating to issues of settlement, relationships, parenting, health/emotion, or career choices. Languages: Afghan Persian/Farsi.

Where: 1200 Markham Road, Suite 214 | Scarborough, ON M1H 3C3

When: Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-431-4847 | reception@safss.org | www.safss.org

Parkdale Community Information Centre

Group Name: Parkdale Community Information Centre

Description: Parkdale Community Information Centre is a non-profit charitable community service centre. We are committed to meeting the diverse and changing needs of the Parkdale community through the delivery of accessible, effective programs and services. The Centre helps people living in Parkdale to access community and government resources and services; enabling them to live more independently; and encourages them to participate more fully in community life. The Centre particularly targets low-income, vulnerable, disadvantaged, and marginalized populations in Parkdale including newcomers, immigrants, refugees and people with disabilities.

Programs and Services include: Client Services (Our client services include information and referral, problem solving, and help contacting government and community agencies); Youth Outreach (Through the Youth Leaders In Parkdale initiative we provide leadership opportunities for youth and assist them in finding and preparing for local volunteer opportunities); and, Community Outreach (Outreach activities include workshops and educational presentations to community organizations and groups on issues of interest to them such as housing, citizenship, and government benefits and services). *** Service are: Bloor Street West to Lake Ontario and Dovercourt Road to Parkside Drive.

Where: 1303 Queen Street West | Toronto, ON M6K 1L6

Contact: 416-393-7689 | www.pcic.ca

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention

Group Name: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention – Foreign Integration

Description: Founded in 1989, the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) has worked to meet its mission in our Black communities. Our work is also guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, and it stands as a reminder of the importance of our commitment to our community. The Mission of Black CAP is to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s Black communities and to enhance the quality of life of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Black CAP has provided settlement programming to LGBT newcomers from the Caribbean and Africa since we opened our doors. Over the last six months this program has served 44 new LGBT clients who came to Canada as refugees. Of these new clients about 75% are gay, 14% are lesbian, 5% are transgender and, 6% are bisexual clients. Black CAP also provides monthly group programming for this community called ’Foreign Integration’. Each month about 20 LGBT newcomers come together to share their stories. For instance, at the May meeting, the discussion centered around the difficulties of coming “out” to family and friends in the Black, African and Caribbean communities. Group members had various experiences with this and shared stories and strategies with one another on how do this in the safest possible way. **** Meetings are free to attend. The only requirement is that the individual identifies as LBGTTIQQ2SA.

Where: 20 Victoria St. 4th floor | Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8

When: Last Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Craig Cromwell 416-977-9955 Ext. 250 | info@black-cap.com | www.black-cap.com

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