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519 Church Street Community Centre: http://www.the519.org
The 519 is the hub of community life for the LGBTQ community, providing over 80 community-led programs that provide peer support and social, recreational, arts, and cultural opportunities.
Anishnawbe Heath Toronto: www.aht.ca
AHT aims to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal People in spirit, mind, emotion and body by providing Traditional Healing within a multidisciplinary health care model
Baycrest Health Sciences Baycrest.org
Baycrest Health Sciences is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging. The workshop is provided for health care providers of family members with dementia. Restarting in Spring 2018
Learning, Employment, Advocacy, Recreation, Network (LEARN) offers a range of social, educational and vocational opportunities aimed at maximizing the integration of individuals who have had a first episode of psychosis into mainstream community life and positive social roles.
Elizabeth Fry Toronto: http://www.efrytoronto.org
Elizabeth Fry Toronto supports women who are, have been, or are at risk of being in conflict with the law. They offer supportive services, community-based programs and transitional housing to help women create meaningful change in their lives for the benefit of themselves, their families and the community as a whole.
Evelyn Gregory Library https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca
Following collaboration on the Write On! program, the Evelyn Gregory branch has continued an expressive writing workshop to provide writers an opportunity to hone their skills and receive feedback in a supportive environment, and network with other aspiring writers.
Fred Victor Housing : www.fredvictor.org/housing
Fred Victor Housing provides responsive, accessible and innovative housing and services for men and women who have experienced homelessness and poverty or have lived in unhealthy or sub-standard accommodations.
KGO Adult Literacy http://www.kgoadultliteracy.com
The KGO Adult Literacy Program is a grassroots, volunteer-run literacy program that assists adults ages 21 years and older in the Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park community with their reading, writing and math skills. The program runs from September to June and classes take place every Thursday
LOFT TAY www.loftcs.org
The LOFT Transitional Age Youth Programs (TAY) provides access to services on a voluntary basis for youth under 25 years who live with mental health, physical health and substance use challenges. We provide individual and group counseling, social drop-ins, case management/community support, a wide range of housing alternatives, and 24 hr phone and text support to our clients. We serve young people from a diverse range of gender, racial and cultural communities and make every effort to provide an equitable, non-judgmental environment for youth to receive support and build independence.
Mustard Seed, Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto: http://www.csj-to.ca/mustard-seed
The Mustard Seed is a welcoming community space that provides opportunities for participants and volunteers to nurture mind, body and spirit, while developing life skills and creativity.
Native Child (Scarborough) https://www.nativechild.org/
The Scarborough Child and Family Life Centre offers a wide variety of programs for Aboriginal people in Scarborough. Programs are based on the Medicine Wheel, incorporating a balance of all four elements: spiritual, psychological, emotional and physical. We focus on community capacity building, empowerment and self-determination.
Progress Place www.progressplace.org
Progress Place is a recovery centre for people living with mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression and Anxiety. Combining a comprehensive network of services that includes employment, education, recreation and housing, our innovative approach to psychosocial rehabilitation is progressive and world-renowned. Mental illness need not be an obstacle to fulfilling one’s dreams. We are committed to helping people stay out of hospitals, achieve their personal goals and contribute to the communities they live in.
Renascent Health – Graham Munro Centre www.renascent.ca
Renascent facilitates recovery, education and prevention relating to substance addictions through a continuum of programs and services for individuals, families and organizations. All people affected by substance addictions will be guided with hope, tools and living examples, to achieve a life of physical, mental and spiritual health.
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Evangel Hall: http://www.evangelhall.ca/
Since 1913, the Toronto homeless charity Evangel Hall Mission, has been reaching out to persons suffering from homelessness, poverty and social isolation. ehm has evolved into a community agency delivering programs that offer a continuum of care from emergency food, clothing and shelter to transitional and long-term housing.
At present, men, women and children come to ehm from across the Greater Toronto Area for guidance, support and fellowship with access to a safe haven from the streets, health and dental services, social housing and a supportive community. We welcome everybody with a warm smile and kind heart. ehm has become known as a place of compassion and hope where staff and volunteers strive to meet the material, emotional and spiritual needs of those who seek our help.
Homes First: www.homesfirst.on.ca/
A social service agency working to provide affordable, permanent housing and transitional supports for homeless or those who have few options. The vast majority of homeless people – even those with severe mental health and/or substance use issues – can successfully stay housed and off the street with appropriate housing and supports.
Homes First works with others to advocate for fair and equitable funding for social housing providers and the creation and adoption of a national housing strategy.
Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto : www.nwrct.ca
The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto provides a safe and welcoming environment for all Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. Our programs fall under six broad categories: Housing, Families, Advocacy, Employment, Education, and Youth. We also host a variety of Cultural Activities for our clients and the general public, including the annual Minaake Awards, Sisters In Spirit Vigil, and Winter Solstice. The NWRCT is a gathering place in Toronto where teachings, traditions, and cultures inform our all of our activities. Aboriginal women can share resources, and support one another, guided by the Seven Sacred teachings: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth.
Reach offers case management support to adults with long-standing mental health problems living primarily in East Toronto.
Toronto Rape Crisis Center: http://trccmwar.ca
TRCC is a grassroots, women-run collective working towards a violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support to survivors of sexual violence through support, education and activism.
The Toronto People With Aids Foundation http://www.pwatoronto.org
The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that exists to engage people living with HIV/AIDS in enhancing their health and wellbeing through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change, and inspire them to live into their dreams and discoveries.
Unison Health & Community Services: http://unisonhcs.org
Unison Health is a non-profit community based organization which offers services to the community that include primary health care, counselling, health promotion, early years programs, legal services, harm reduction programs, housing assistance, adult protective services as well as specialized programs. With 4 full service locations, our workshop is at the Keele-Rogers site.
Ve’ahavta Street Academy: www.veahavta.org/programs/veahavta-street-academy/
The Ve’ahavta Street Academy (VSA), is an innovative and powerful 8–week adult education program created for marginally housed and vulnerable individuals, many of whom have mental health and/or addiction issues. The program offers students the experience of an educational environment and nurtures their sense of belonging.
Workman Arts www.workmanarts.com/about
Workman Arts is an arts and mental health organization known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research on the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction.
Write On! Internally generated workshops
Mentored workshops in conjunction with the Toronto Public Library at four locations in the city, Parkdale, Queen/Saulter, Evelyn Gregory and St. Jamestown to provide resources to unheard people within our society. The material created in the workshops will be a published and online anthology to be launched in the summer of 2017 with the support of artsVest and BMO Nesbitt Burns. A pilot project that could be replicated in subsequent years, drawing from existing workshops and reaching out to learners in other communities.
Wychwood Open Door: www.wychwoodopendoor.org
Wychwood Open Door is a day-time drop-in centre serving homeless and socially isolated people in Toronto’s mid-town St. Clair West community since 1986.
It exists to reduce social isolation, boost nutrition and help develop life skills among homeless and socially isolated people. We believe that no one in our neighbourhood should go hungry or without basic support systems.
Open three days a week, we provide more than warm meals to the people who come to WOD. We also offer referral services, clothing and other programming.