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
Email: lfairburn@neighbourhoodlink.org
Phone: 416.691.7407

For Central Neighbourhood House, please contact Philip Unrau at
Email: punrau@cnh.on.ca
Phone: 416.925.4363

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