We’re screening our staff, volunteers and clients and are taking extra precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
It’s our top priority to continue providing programs and services to some of our city’s most vulnerable groups including seniors, marginalized children, youth and their families, people who are homeless or under-housed and those searching for employment.
For now we have closed most of our group programs for the next three weeks, to help slow the spread of the virus.
Please check The Neighbourhood Group website for updates.
If you are looking for employment our Employment Resource Centre provides access to computers, the Internet, photocopying, scanning, faxing, job postings, and Employment Councillors. We are open Monday to Thursday 9 am – 4 pm and Friday 9 am – 1 pm.
Show some heart & join us at I Heart Neighbourhood charity auction!
On February 13, 2018, I Heart Neighbourhood will bring together friends, neighbours and supporters at the Daniels Spectrum to celebrate and support the importance of building strong, vibrant, compassionate neighbourhoods in our great city.
For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
Fred’s mother had steadily progressing Alzheimer’s and needed constant attention. As sole caregiver, Fred was forced to frequently miss work, putting his job in jeopardy. He contacted Neighbourhood Link and they enrolled her in their Adult Day Program. Fred was able to concentrate on his job, knowing she was in the company of caring people in a safe and stimulating environment.
When a troubled youth named Scott entered Neighbourhood Link’s Kick Start Program facilitators quickly realized that he really didn’t want to be there. To keep him occupied, a staff member persuaded him to help an eight-year old with his math homework. Turns out Scott was a genius with numbers and as well, a natural teacher. Today, he is a volunteer mentor.
Elizabeth, 84 and a member of “The Club” at the Adult Day Program, is able spend her afternoons playing the piano to an appreciative audience.
Welcome to The Neighbourhood Group’s strategic planning survey. We are developing a 5-year plan for 2018-2022 and we need your input. This will only take 5 minutes to complete!
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Your support has made it possible to sponsor 3 families – 21 people in all – to come to safety in Toronto.
We have received confirmation from Lifeline Syria, the organization we’ve been working with, that our group has been matched with three Syrian refugee families. The first is a family of nine, including seven children under the age of 10 years; they are currently living in a refugee camp outside of Jordan. The second is a family of five and the third is a family of seven.
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After successfully completing our Moving Forward Program, Spencer has been accepted into the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. He also volunteers at a local branch of the Toronto Public Library where he enjoys giving back to his community.
Spencer has faced many challenges in his young life. He has cerebral palsy and deals with social anxiety issues. As a result, he had been quite isolated at home and hadn’t been able to work. Since completing our Moving Forward Program, Spencer has gained the confidence to pursue his goals of attending university and volunteering. We are so proud of all Spencer has accomplished – way to go!
To learn more about our Moving Forward Program, please click here.
Mavis and Charles lost their home after 47 years. Neighbourhood Link settled them into an apartment in the Cecelia Murphy Building in the Beach, where they had always lived.
Thursday February 12, 2016
The Employment workshops helped Marilyn land her new job. At her job interview, she was faced by a panel of four people confronting her with some very difficult case scenarios. It was the toughest interview she had ever experienced, but remembering what she learned during the workshops helped her remain calm and confident.
Violet was a participant in the New Knowledge New Steps program. One of the barriers to employment was her lack of computer skills which she tried hard to rectify. She would often stay late to practice on the computers because she did not have one at home. At the end of the six week program, she enrolled in the St. Stephen’s Community House Administrative Support course. As part of the course, her practical placement was at the Royal Bank of Canada. After just three weeks at the bank, she called with the exciting news that she was now working there full time.
A participant in the Newcomer Program, Aisha held a medical degree from Pakistan that was not recognized in Canada. Neighbourhood Link, however, recognized that she could be a great asset connecting East Asian women with culturally sensitive family doctors. In doing so, Aisha found a new career.
TWO GREAT AGENCIES COME TOGETHER – Neighbourhood Link Support Services and Central Neighbourhood House, a formidable social service agency with a proud history dating back to 1911. Each organization continues to operate under its own name, but our combined resources and shared goals allow our respective communities to reap greater benefits.
Paul, a one-time Toronto tax accountant came to be a resident at one of our buildings after a long series of unfortunate events. In 1989, he was diagnosed with MS. His ability to function was further hampered in 2004 when he had the first in a series of 5 mini strokes. Along with that, he developed a bipolar disorder, which led to depression. His situation further deteriorated, eventually leaving him homeless in 2010. Paul’s plight came to the attention of our NLSS Housing workers who advocated strongly for his placement. Today, he enjoys the beautiful facilities, the garden, friendly staff and residents. “I am the luckiest man alive. Everyone at NLSS cares so much,” says Paul.
Ben, a senior living on his own, fell down his basement stairs and suffered a broken neck, knee and elbow. His injuries required extensive surgery and seven months of rehab. Upon release, he returned home with his caseworker, and was confronted by a flooded and freezing cold house. While away, his utilities had been shut off and his home insurance terminated. NLSS was notified and they were able to place him immediately in Jean Dudley House as well as connect him with a reputable contractor who started on the restoration of his home.
Since 2012, Robert Lamont has volunteered at Neighbourhood Link Support Services. You will find him chopping up vegetables at the weekly community dinner and helping prepare tax returns for low income clients. Thank you Robert!