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Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre: Drop-In

Group Name: Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre: Drop-In

Description: The true meaning of PARC (Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre) is reflected in our mission: “A community where people rebuild their lives.” PARC works with members on individual issues of poverty, mental health, addictions, homelessness and food security. Members access services and develop relationships with our staff and one another through four core areas of operation: a drop-in centre, a peer-support program, an outreach program and supportive housing.

Our Drop-In Centre is the starting point for everything members and staff do together to help rebuild lives. Whether it’s conversing with a friend, having a healthy meal, securing a place to live, or working a shift around the building, it all begins at the Drop-In. People come as they are and are accepted for who they are. Poverty is a common thread among members, however, what sets each member apart is how they choose to give back, create and grow. The simple act of walking through our doors is what makes a person a PARC member. Choosing to give back, create and grow is how PARC members contribute and help build our community. Here are only some of groups that PARC members have full access to:

  • Music group
  • Art group
  • Writing group
  • Soccer and Hockey League
  • Karaoke
  • Knitting group
  • Games clube
  • Yoga, Reiki, Mindfulness groups

Where: 1499 Queen Street West | Toronto, ON, M6R 1A3

Contact: 416-537-2262 | |

Bernard Betel Centre

Group Name: Bernard Betel Centre

Description: The Bernard Betel Centre is committed to empowering seniors to lead active, creative and healthy lifestyles in a Jewish environment.
In 1965, with support from UJA Federation, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) formed the Creative Living Program for seniors who were able to plan and implement their own activities with help from volunteers.

The Bernard Betel Centre offers many high-quality services to our members. We regularly hold wellness clinics, including ones for chiropody and blood pressure, as well as lectures on wellness and related subjects. Our Community Outreach program includes friendly visits from trained volunteers, at-home respite care and client intervention. A kosher cafeteria offers a full menu to members Monday through Friday, and prepares all our “Meals on Wheels.” Our special events and activities, as well as our myriad courses are open to all, unless otherwise specified. Members and non-members are also welcome to rent our facilities, including the auditorium and computer lab, and our kitchen can provide catering to suit your needs. *** Languages are English and Russian.

Where: 1003 Steeles Ave. W. | Toronto, ON M2R 3T6

Contact: 416-225-2112 | |

Iranian Canadian Youth Organization – After School Programs

Group Name: Iranian Canadian Youth Organization – After School Programs

Description: In light of some incidents that took place in 2003 in which some youth of the Canadian Iranian community who were involved in organised gang and drug activities were found dead, a group of concerned community members from different backgrounds and expertise such as social work, education, and business, gathered to prevent any similar future occurrences. That was the birth of the Iranian Canadian Support Group (IC Youth Organization) as a not-for-profit community based organization in 2003. After several years of service and support from the community, the organization formally registered as a not-for-profit organization in Ontario, adapted the new name IC Youth Organization to reflect its broader scope for service delivery.

The after-school program is designed for newcomer youth between the ages of 16 to 19 living in Toronto and York Region. The after-school program is intended to create a safe and stimulating space to improve the academic and social success of newcomer and at-risk youth. The main purpose of the program is to support young people to engage in positive activities (sports and arts) that build self-esteem and self-confidence, increase social connections, improve academic success through tutoring and mentoring, and provide referral information as necessary. In addition, the program supports youth and their families through the process of resettlement.

Where: 5330 Yonge Street, Suite 202 | Toronto, ON M2N 5P9

Contact: 416-477-9398 Ext. 232 |

Etobicoke Services for Seniors – Day Program

Group Name: Etobicoke Services for Seniors – Day Program

Description: Etobicoke Services for Seniors (ESS) is a not-for-profit agency committed to supporting seniors in their desire to remain in their own homes and community. Their agency’s programs, services and facilities have been designed to meet the unique needs of the elderly in our community. Individuals who access our services may be frail, isolated, living with memory-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, or recovering from a stroke.

Our Adult Day Service program provides support to physically frail and cognitively impaired seniors and adults. Participants are offered a secure environment to participate in mental and gentle physical exercises, social and recreational activities. Individual interests and hobbies are incorporated into the program, snacks and meals are tailored to meet dietary restrictions and transportation to and from the program is available.

Where: 2245 Lawrence Ave. West | Etobicoke, ON M9P 3W3

When: Held at various locations. Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-243-0127 | |

Luma Care – Diners Club

Group Name: Luma Care – Diners Club

Description: Luma Care aspires to enhance, engage, and empower the members of their diverse community by providing equitable, accessible and high quality services. They also achieve excellence and provide leadership in family-centric health and social services in the community. They provide resources such as Meals on Wheels, transportation, home support, Diners Club, Home at Last, and many more.

Our Diners Club offers older adults the opportunity to have nutritious lunches together in a friendly setting. Gentle exercise and stimulating activities are part of the daily menu. Special events and cultural programming make this a highly popular program.

Where: 497 Wilson Avenue | North York, ON M3H 1V1

When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Contact: Bobbi Wignall 416-398-0258 Ext. 241 | |

Centre for Immigration and Community Services – Seniors Cyber and Social Club

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – Seniors Cyber and Social Club

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.

Seniors Cyber and Social Club
Are you a senior over 55 years old and is interested in obtaining basic computer knowledge? This is a group you can’t miss. Come and learn how to use technology to access community resources and connect with friends and families using social media tools. The computer program has three levels: Become a Cyber Seniors, Fun with Internet and Digital World.

Where: 2330 Midland Avenue | Toronto, ON M1S 5G5

When: Mandarin speaking group meets on Wednesday mornings; Cantonese speaking group on Wednesday afternoons; the one at Markham South Welcome Centre meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Call our staff to learn details.

Contact: 416-292-7510 Ext. 135 Mandarin | 416-292-7510 Ext. 156 Cantonese | 905-479-7926 Mandarin & South Asian | |

Applegrove Community Complex – Older Adults Program

Group Name: Applegrove Community Complex – Older Adults Program

Description: Applegrove Community Complex is a multi-service community organization in southeast Riverdale in Toronto. Our catchment area runs from Jones to Woodbine Avenues and from Lake Ontario north to the Railway tracks. Services cover the age range with programs for infants, children, teens, adults and seniors.

Older Adults Program for adults 55+ : Applegrove is pleased to provide programming for older adults! A full and healthy life integrates a range of activities incorporating moving, doing and learning, and that is what Applegrove is now offering to older adults in the neighbourhood. The Older Adults Program will operate afternoons daily in the Applegrove Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Duke of Connaught School. Adults 55+ are welcome to enjoy a range of activities such as:

  • euchre
  • out and about club
  • book club
  • one-on-one computer tutoring
  • bingo

Where: 60 Woodfield Road | Toronto, ON M4L 2W6

When: For more information about the older adults program or to register, please call.

Contact: Renate 416-461-8143 | |

Houselink – Social Recreation

Group Name: Houselink – Social Recreation

Description: In our Mission Statement, we use the term ‘psychiatric survivors’ to talk about those we serve. We know that language is not neutral, lives within a social and political context, and evolves as our culture changes, often in response to our advocacy and vigilance as an organization. The power to ‘name things’ can create clarity and make visible that which was hidden. This power can also restrict and marginalize. Our members have lived this reality. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of psychiatric consumers/survivors including those who are homeless or otherwise marginalized, through the provision of permanent affordable supportive housing and programs.

Social isolation – never getting out of the house – is one of the biggest threats to the health of people with mental illness. Houselink’s Social Recreation Program builds the bridge from isolation to physical activity, good nutrition, affordable entertainment, and most importantly, a community of peers. The program’s success depends on member leadership at every level. A volunteer, 12-member, elected committee comprised entirely of people with mental illness oversees program decisions and policies. Houselink members are employed part-time to open and staff the Drop-Ins, cook meals, and organize events and crafts.

The Social Recreation program includes:

  • Two drop-in centres open to both resident and non-resident members.
  • Community meals, including a weekly community lunch and Sunday dinner, plus a semi-monthly Breakfast Club. Meals rotate among our larger buildings to reach all members.
  • Sports, events and activities. We offer low-cost or free tickets to sports and cultural events, and organize sports activities, card tournaments, movie days, and picnics.
  • Arts and crafts, led by trained members.
  • Recovery forums: where members are informed in areas of recovery and discuss their own personal progress with peers.
  • A computer club, including coaching by and for members.
  • Men and Women’s Group.

Where: 805 Bloor St West | Toronto, ON M6G 1L8

Contact: 416-539-0690 |

Syme 55+ Centre

Group Name: Syme 55+ Centre

Description: The Syme 55+ Centre is a charitable, non-profit community based agency that has served adults 55 years of age and older since 1984.
 They specialize in recreational activities, education seminars, special interest clubs and community services. The warm and friendly atmosphere at their Centre promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for our members. Some of the activities offered include: a nail clinic, a men’s club, dance and painting classes.

Where: 33 Pritchard Ave. | Toronto, ON M6N 1T4

Contact: 416-766-0388 | |

Better Living Health and Community Services – Caregiver Support

Group Name: Better Living Health and Community Services

Description: Better Living Health and Community Services has been delivering community support services in the Don Mills area since 1976. Their mission is to support individuals in our community in maintaining their independence, enhancing their social wellbeing, and optimizing their overall health and wellness through the provision of a wide range of community support services and leisure activities. They are committed to our mission by helping adults and seniors, at all stages, experience a better quality of life.

Caregiver Support services are available to adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one or who are currently providing care to someone who is at end of life, frail, or is dealing with a long term illness. In order to address the spectrum of Caregiver needs we provide Professional Counseling, Peer Support, Caregiver Education and a variety of Support Groups geared to the unique needs of the Caregiver. Caregiver Support services are provided at no cost to the participants, with the exception of Professional Counseling services which can be provided on a sliding scale. Peer Support is available for Caregivers facing the challenges of care giving or bereavement. These services are delivered by volunteers who have received intensive training and often have personal experience dealing with Caregiver issues. Individuals interested in connecting with one of our volunteers can receive weekly support and encouragement over the phone or in person.

Where: 1 Overland Drive | North York, ON M3C 2C3

When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1 – 2 p.m. Registration is required.

Contact: 416-447-7244 Ext. 541 | |

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