Community Services

Partners for Access and Identification (PAID)
This city-wide program helps vulnerable people get the identification they need to access health care, sources of income such as pensions, and other services. Because of the nature of street life, ID is often lost or stolen, and without basic ID—such as a birth certificate, health card or social insurance number—it is impossible to access basic services or find employment. We have over 40 PAID clinic sites in the GTA, and we serve approximately 8,000 homeless people annually.

Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC)
ANC is a community development initiative funded by United Way Toronto to bring together residents, service providers, local businesses and community groups in the Taylor Massey neighbourhood to help build a stronger and more vibrant place to live, work and play. The ANC staff work with residents to turn their ideas for positive change into action to create a strong, engaged community. Click here for more information on the United Way web site about this vital initiative.

Chinese Programs
A diverse range of activities in Cantonese and Mandarin is offered for all ages, as well as for the seniors of the Pui Hong program. Activities include recreational games, monthly luncheons, music, art classes, day trips and celebrations for special events like birthdays. Participants also receive a monthly newsletter in Cantonese or Mandarin.

Here is a recent issue of the monthly newsletter from our Pui Hong Chinese Seniors Program.

Click to download:
Pui Hong Chinese Seniors Program newsletter for October, 2011
(Acrobat [PDF] format, ~1.1 Mb)

Community Dinner
Every Thursday there is an open invitation to the community to 10 Gower Street, where a free nutritional home-cooked meal is served. We see up to 100 guests weekly.

Congregate Dining
At four sites in the community we serve seniors a hot, nutritious home-cooked meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner to promote their well-being and to provide them an opportunity to socialize and meet friends.

Friday Friends
Young adults with Down syndrome attend a weekly Friday evening social recreational program.

Friendly Visiting
Volunteers make social visits to seniors in their own homes, giving them an opportunity to socialize and promoting their well-being.

Income Tax Clinic
Free tax services are provided for clients who are newcomers, youth, seniors, or those with low income or who are receiving employment insurance or social assistance. Each year Neighbourhood Link Support Services assists over 350 clients with their income tax returns.