All posts in “settlement”

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

Midaynta Community Services – Gambling and Addictions

Group Name: Midaynta Community Services – Gambling and Addictions

Description: Midaynta Community Services is a registered Canadian charity organization that provides settlement services and other programs that advances education by providing courses, seminars, meetings, counseling and other support services for refugees & immigrant in need. Midaynta Community Services is a social and settlement services agency, working to improve the quality of life of newcomers in Toronto and vicinity.

Gambling and Addictions
Midaynta has been invited to conduct a comprehensive research project on Gambling and Problem Gambling within the Toronto Somali community. This study was completed in February 2003 and its findings are now available on-line. Based on the findings of this study, we are currently working with COSTI and CAMH to provide culturally appropriate preventive, educational, intervention, and treatment programs for problem gamblers in the community. We provide services in the areas of:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group/family counselling
  • Referral to professional services
  • Prevention, education, and treatment of problem gambling

Where: 1992 Yonge Street, Suite 203 | Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8

When: Please call for more information.

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

Mennonite New Life Centre – Anger Management

Group Name: Mennonite New Life Centre – Anger Management

Description: The Mennonite New Life Centre envisions a society in which all people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life. We will model an approach that brings together community engagement and community services, working together with newcomers to reduce insecurity and reach integration, strengthen voices and increase social equality. As a community-based settlement agency, the Mennonite New Life Centre is a place of welcome, friendship and community, where newcomers and neighbours gather to support each other, learn from each other, and take action together for a more just and compassionate society.

Anger can be a natural response to the stress of migration, the challenge of navigating new realities in a new language, and struggling to find meaningful employment. Through this program, we assist individuals to understand and better channel their anger. A specialized version of this program focuses on domestic violence, emphasizing prevention and accountability.

Where: 2737 Keele Street | North York, ON M3M 2E9

When: Runs weekly. Please call for more information.

Contact: Jorge Saban 647-780-9226 | 647-776-2057 | northyork@mnlct.org | mnlct.org

Mennonite New Life Centre – Group Workshops & Programs

Group Name: Mennonite New Life Centre – Group Workshops & Programs

Description: The Mennonite New Life Centre envisions a society in which all people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life. We will model an approach that brings together community engagement and community services, working together with newcomers to reduce insecurity and reach integration, strengthen voices and increase social equality. As a community-based settlement agency, the Mennonite New Life Centre is a place of welcome, friendship and community, where newcomers and neighbours gather to support each other, learn from each other, and take action together for a more just and compassionate society.

Group Workshops & Programs
Throughout the year, the community mental health program offers a range of group programs and workshops, providing participants with opportunities to share stories and mutual support, build resilience and hope, identify strengths and develop community leadership. Group programs include refugee support groups, parenting support groups, a strengths-based empowerment and leadership development group, and an employment and mental health group.

Our workshops support participants to tap into their inner strength, while managing emotions, learning positive communication approaches, and building support networks.

Where: 1774 Queen St. East | Toronto, ON M4L 1G7

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-699-4527 | mnlct@mnlct.org | mnlct.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 – Youth Settlement Program

Group Name: Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Youth Settlement Program

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.

Youth Settlement Program focuses on engaging youth and children in educational, social, recreational activities, sports and opportunities to develop skills through mentorship. Youth whom are Canadian citizens continually mingled with newcomer youth and children throughout the program for the mere purpose of establishing a safe, stimulating, enriching and integrative learning environment for newcomer youth. Our programs continue to be established upon the basis of uniqueness, to offer assistance to youth who are new to Canada whom are looking for work, fun social outings, homework help and to learn new skills – this is the foundation of the Y.A.Y. – Young Arab Youth program; a program created by the youth for the youth.

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

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

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

Afghan Women’s Organization – Support for Youth

Group Name: Afghan Women’s Organization – Support for Youth

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 AWO youth program is mandated to assist Youth in all aspects of adaption and integration into Canadian society through culturally-competent and linguistically –appropriate services and programs. We also provide services that are innovative and responsive to newcomer youth needs. Our program works collectively to engage youth and provide services that are creative, innovative and welcoming.

Who we serve:
The AWO Youth Program serves all Afghan Youth ages 14-29 that live in Toronto and peel region
The program has a special focus on newcomer youth and youth who are at risk
We also work in collaboration with families, and other organizations to address the needs of newcomer youth.

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

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – LGBTQ+ Support

Group Name: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – LGBTQ Immigrants and Refugees

Description: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services improves health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic inequities. Our vision is to see Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.

Access Alliance takes pride in offering programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) newcomers. Current programs and services include a weekly drop-in and settlement workshops, settlement services and an expressive arts group for the LGBTQ+ newcomer, immigrant and refugee community. The weekly drop-in is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.

Where: 340 College Street, Suite 500 | Toronto, ON M5T 3A9

When: Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. until 7: 30 p.m. at the AccessPoint Danforth location, 3079 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, M1L 1A8. Please contact for more information on the other two programs listed above.

Contact: 416-693-8677 | 416-324-8677 | rkulatilake@accessalliance.ca | mail@accessalliance.ca | accessalliance.ca

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 | www.icyouth.ca

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