Notice of 1st Annual General Meeting of The Neighbourhood Group (TNG)

The 1st Annual General Meeting of The Neighbourhood Group, is scheduled for September 22nd, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:00 pm at Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario Street, Toronto, Ontario. 

Members of The Neighbourhood Group, is anyone who has contributed 40 hours of volunteer service and/or receiving at least 2 hours of service a week over the past 16 weeks. 

This year there are many exciting things to talk about, updates and news about the amalgamation of Central Neighbourhood House and Neighbourhood Link Support Services, including plans for the upcoming year.  


Introducing The Neighbourhood Group — a partnership between Central Neighbourhood House and Neighbourhood Link

On June 5, 2014 the membership of Neighbourhood Link Support Services (NLSS) voted unanimously to amalgamate with Central Neighbourhood House (CNH). On June 14, 2014 the membership of Central Neighbourhood House voted unanimously to amalgamate with Neighbourhood Link Support Services.

Effective July 1st, 2014 both agencies will become a division of The Neighbourhood Group.

Central Neighbourhood House offers a wide range of programs and services which complement the work of Neighbourhood Link.

Neighbourhood Link (NL) and Central Neighbourhood House (CNH) are joining together to become one larger organization with enhanced programs and services.

  • The two organizations are amalgamating, which means that both organizations are contributing their strengths and resources as equal partners in one larger organization.
  • The new organization will be named The Neighbourhood Group. However, the existing identity, history, and community roles of both organizations will be preserved.

Why is this happening?

  • Central Neighbourhood House and Neighbourhood Link offer similar programs and services, and share common goals to serve public good, engage our communities, and continue our work toward positive social change.
  • By joining forces and serving a larger population together, The Neighbourhood Group can be in a better position to work effectively with government and other funders to build a healthier Toronto.

What does this mean for the community?

  • There will be no interruption to current program and services. Staff will continue to work with their current clients and their families.
  • In the future, clients and members of The Neighbourhood Group will have more access to programs and services, through a more comprehensive assessment and referral process within one larger organization.
  • This amalgamation will improve the efficiency and quality of services by sharing knowledge, conducting research, and expanding programs to better meet client and community needs.
  • The service areas of The Neighbourhood Group will not change. The two organizations are already covering a large segment of Toronto including the South, Mid-East, Don Valley Greenwood, and East Toronto Health Links catchment areas.

When is all this happening?

The amalgamation process is expected to start on July 1st, 2014. The entire process of integrating programs and services is expected to take up to five years to be completed. During this process, our community will be informed through town hall meetings, fact sheets, and website announcements.

Will Neighbourhood Link and Central Neighbourhood House be moving?

No. Both agencies will maintain their current locations and contact information at this time.

If you have any questions or comments about the amalgamation:

For Neighbourhood Link, please contact Lorie Fairburn at
Phone: 416.691.7407

For Central Neighbourhood House, please contact Philip Unrau at
Phone: 416.925.4363


Click to download:
Neighbourhood Link / Central Neighbourhood House announcement
(Acrobat [PDF] format, ~210K)

Mondial Energy Inc. and Neighbourhood Link Homes Announce Sale and Purchase of Solar Energy

Robert Reimers (left) and Deirdre Gibson (right) of Robert Reimers Architects, share a moment with Gerrie Burnett, centre, in front of an artist's rendering of the new building.

Toronto, April 27, 2005 – Mondial will own and maintain a system of solar thermal panels, and sell the thermal energy to Neighbourhood Link Homes for a new senior’s building under development on Danforth Avenue in Toronto.

“The agreement signed today demonstrates Mondial Energy’s ability to provide renewable thermal energy for the Neighbourhood Link Homes project”, said Alex Winch, Mondial President. “We have priced our energy to be a financially-attractive alternative to natural gas. The ability to lock in a fixed price for a long term was also appealing.”

Neighbourhood Link Homes operates three housing buildings; all of which are prime candidates for retro-fits with solar thermal panels. Judith Leon, Executive Director of Neighbourhood Link/Senior Link said, “Using renewable energy to supplement our hot water needs is a natural fit for us. We take a long-term view in planning our physical plant. Mondial has structured a proposal to meet our needs at a price we can afford.”

Congratulations to Neighbourhood Link Homes.


Neighbourhood Link Homes is part of a community based non-profit social service agency, planning to build a 25-unit subsidized senior’s housing building in Toronto scheduled for completion in mid-2006. With an annual budget of $10 million, 160 staff and 1,000 volunteers, Neighbourhood Link/Senior Link, have been serving east Toronto with a wide range of social programs since 1975.

Mondial Energy Inc is a for-profit private company formed to own renewable energy installations and to earn revenue from the sale of renewable energy. Mondial is currently focused on solar thermal applications. Alex Winch, President of Mondial, is the owner of the Beach Solar Laundromat in Toronto.

For more information on this story, go to the Mondial Energy Web site.

Homeless people in Toronto now have safe storage for their identification

Toronto, June 11, 2003 – Street Health Community Nursing Foundation, a community agency that has helped homeless clients replace lost or stolen identification for the past 14 years, has launched the ID Safe program to provide safe storage of identification documents and cards. The Government of Canada, through the National Homelessness Initiative (NHI), has provided a total of $167,895 in funding for this project, to be administered by the City of Toronto. The Honourable Bill Graham, Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Claudette Bradshaw, Minister of Labour and Federal Coordinator on Homelessness.

“Without identification, survival is difficult and getting off the street and on with one’s life is nearly impossible,’ said Project Co-ordinator Jane Kali. “ID Safe gives homeless people a place to store and access their identification.”

Without proper ID, homeless people may have trouble accessing many essential services, particularly health care. Through the NHI, Street Health Community Nursing Foundation received $52,895 for initial research and an additional $115,000 for renewal of the project. This project will enable Street Health to provide storage that is secure, private and easily accessible. ID Safe is located at 2 Homewood Avenue, near Carlton and Jarvis Streets. Already, the program has made over 1,000 referrals, of which 612 were for identification. The ID safe currently stores identification for 33 people.

“This program provides an invaluable service to homeless people in Toronto,” said Minister Graham. “The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Street Health to improve accessibility to services and supports for all Canadians.”

“With the launch of Street Health’s ID Safe, some of Toronto’s most vulnerable people now have a secure place to protect their personal documents,” said Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale). “By having a physical location and process for homeless people to store their identification, one more barrier has been removed.”

Street Health Community Nursing Foundation is responsible for the Access to Health Cards for the Homeless Project, and is one of the lead agencies for the Partners for Access and Identification (PAID) Project offering ID clinics throughout Toronto.

The Government of Canada launched the National Homelessness Initiative in December 1999 to support communities’ efforts to help Canadians out of homelessness. Building on the successes achieved by communities, the February 2003 federal Budget announced $405 million for three years to continue its commitment to addressing homelessness in Canada.

The Government of Canada’s homelessness initiative is making a difference in addressing homelessness by encouraging the development of local solutions to help alleviate it. Funding for the Initiative was provided for in the February 2003 federal Budget.

For more information on the Government of Canada’s National Homelessness Initiative, visit