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COSTI Immigrant Services – Problem Gambling Services

Group Name: COSTI Immigrant Services – Problem Gambling Services

Description: Meeting the needs of a diverse society since 1952, COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment, educational, settlement and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance. COSTI strives to be a leader in community service by using a client focused, proactive, and innovative approach in planning, developing and delivering services. Our programs ensure that regardless of language or cultural barriers, people who arrive in Canada are able to use their existing skills, learn new ones, and participate actively in all aspects of Canadian life.

The services offered through COSTI’s Problem Gambling Service includes culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention, education, and treatment for gamblers and family members in the Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish Canadian community, as well as outreach and public education prevention activities directed towards various ethno-cultural communities. The program works collaboratively with ethno-specific agencies and the Canadian Association for Mental Health Services to deliver prevention activities in the various ethno-cultural communities. The treatment service is client centered and easy to access for the Italian Canadian community. COSTI’s Problem Gambling Service, uses a model of intervention that is culturally based and linguistically appropriate, incorporating a harm reduction approach, and motivational, cognitive, behavioural and solution focused counselling.

****There is no cost for this program. Services are available to all Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish Canadians residing in Toronto and York Region. Staff at this location speak English, Italian and Spanish.

Where: Family and Mental Health Services, Sheridan Mall, 1700 Wilson Ave., Suite 105
| Toronto, ON M3L 1B2

When: Program intake occurs Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For services in Portuguese, contact: Ricadina Pereira Portuguese Mental Health and Addicition Services, 399 Bathurst Street | Toronto, ON M5T 2S8 | Phone: 416-603-5974, Ext. 5891

Contact: 416-658-1600 | 416-244-7714 | 1-866-222-9993 | | |

Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre – Portuguese

Group Name: Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre – Special Portuguese Program

Description: The Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre supports our community’s residents at every stage of their lives. Our Neighbourhood Centre is a non-profit, multi-service organization that works towards building supportive communities, while our community Health Centre provides primary care for clients using a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, nurse-practitioners, counselor/therapists, dietitians and medical administration staff. DPNCHC provides both of these services to its community in one convenient location.

Programa Português Especial – Arte, Dança and Decoração dos Bolinhos
Special Portuguese Program – Art, Dance and Crafts – led in Portuguese) Social and recreational group for Portuguese-speaking men and women.

Where: 1900 Davenport Road | Toronto, ON M6N 1B7

When: Fridays 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon.

Contact: 416-656-8025 | |

ACT – Portuguese-speaking Men’s Outreach

Group Name: ACT – Portuguese-speaking Men’s Outreach

Description: Since 1983 ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.

We develop and distribute safer sex materials and sexual health promotion information for Portuguese-speaking gay/bi men. Discussion groups, workshops and opportunities for community engagement through ‘Ponto de Encontro’. For more info visit, or call.

Where: 399 Church Street, 4th floor | Toronto, ON, M5B 2J6

Contact: Bruno Bini 416-340-8484 Ext. 242 | |

First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre

Group Name: First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre – Senior Drop-In Centre

Description: The First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre (FPCCC) was founded in 1956 by the pioneers of Portuguese Immigration to Canada. Over time it has evolved into a multi-service organization serving the Portuguese Community in Toronto and surrounding areas. We have programs for individuals of all ages.

A Senior’s Centre with over 7,500 repeat visits a year. The centre provides a diverse educational, recreational and social activities in an open and friendly environment aiming to improve the quality of life of older adults. There is a $25 annual membership free.

Where: 60 Caledonia Rd | Toronto, ON, M6E 4S3

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-531-9971 | |

Toronto Western Hospital – Portuguese Mental Health & Addiction Services

Group Name: Toronto Western Hospital – Portuguese Mental Health & Addiction Services

Description: Our ambulatory program provides mental health and addiction services to people who speak Portuguese. The program has three main services: a general assessment (comprised of a treatment and consultation service), an addiction service, and an intensive case management service for those with severe mental illness.

​You need a referral from your doctor to become a patient at the Portuguese Mental Health and Addiction Services. You must also be non-English speaking, thereby requiring services in the Portuguese language.

When making a referral, your doctor will include: A letter of referral, any relevant consultations, most recent blood work.

Where: 399 Bathurst St, East Wing – 9th Floor| Toronto, ON, M5T 2S8

Contact: 416-603-5974 |

Portuguese Speaking Fathers’ Group

Group Name: West Neighbourhood House- Portuguese Speaking Fathers’ Group

Description: West Neighbourhood House will work in partnership with the community to promote personal and social change in order to achieve a safe, health and accepting society for all. To this end, we will work with our resources and the strengths of the community. West Neighbourhood House enables less advantaged individuals, families and groups in the community to gain greater control over their lives and within their community.

The Portuguese Speaking Fathers’ Group is a group where Portuguese Speaking Fathers and their preschool children (0-6 years) can share their culture, exchange ideas and enjoy quality time together. The group regularly participates in various recreational activities including trips to local events and attractions as well as educational parent skill building workshops. The objective of this program is to foster healthy parenting, encourage learning of new skills and awareness of healthy child development. This program builds social networks and provides individual support to fathers.

Where: West Neighbourhood House 248 Ossington Avenue | Toronto, ON M6J 3A2

When: This program runs every other Saturday generally between 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. and childcare is provided.

Contact: Samantha Da Silva 416-532-4828 Ext. 161 | |

Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – On Your Mark

Group Name: Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – On Your Mark

Description: Working Women is a charitable organization that provides a variety of programs and services, which help immigrant women adjust to living in Toronto. When asked what sets us apart from other charities in the sector, we respond: Working Women is unique in two very distinct ways- their enterprising spirit and their approach with clients.

The On Your Mark tutoring program provides one-to-one and small group tutoring for students of Portuguese and Spanish speaking descent in elementary and high school. The program is geared to students who are struggling with literacy and numeracy standards for their grades and students who are attending special education support services. This program works to prevent drop-outs and to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education. On Your Mark works with volunteer tutors who use a student-centered approach to learning; sessions are organized around the needs of the individual student. In addition to the academics, the sessions provide mentoring, foster friendships and help build self-esteem. On Your Mark students can discuss education and career goals with their tutor as they enter high school and when pursuing post-secondary education. – On Your Mark operates during the school year and within both the public and catholic school boards.

Where: 533A Gladstone Avenue | Toronto, ON M6H 3J1

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-532-2824 | |

Society of Portuguese Disabled Persons of Ontario

Group Name: Society of Portuguese Disabled Persons of Ontario

Description: To eliminate barriers for Portuguese speaking people with disabilities. To educate the general public about these issues and provide support to people with disabilities and their families. They provide weekly meetings, community workshops/presentations and guest speakers.

Where: Luso Canadian Charity Society 2295 St. Clair Avenue West |Toronto, ON M6N 1K9

When: Meetings held every Thursday from 12:00 p.m until 3:00 p.m. Call for more information.

Contact: Isaura 416-536-4679

Abrigo Centre- Women’s Group

Group Name: Abrigo Centre – Women’s Group

Description: Abrigo Centre is a multi-service, charitable organization that focuses on building community capacity in west Toronto by helping individuals and families achieve their full potential. Abrigo Centre’s priority crisis services are available to women and their chil­dren who are experiencing domestic violence. These services include access to police assistance, shelter services and other essential services, ensuring a safety plan is in place and offering supportive counselling. Our Violence Against Women counselling services are offered on an individual and group basis, in both Portuguese and English.

The Women’s Group is a support group for abused women and it is currently offered in only Portuguese. There is no fee to attend the meetings. Please contact Ashley D’Souza for further details.

Where: 1645 Dufferin Street | Toronto, ON, M6H 3L9

When: Starting September 25, 2014 meetings are every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon.

Contact: Ashley D’Souza 416-534-3434 Ext. 233 |

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