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Programs and Resources

Here is a list of the programs we currently offer at the House. For more information on a particular program, please explore the categories on the left.

Preschool Children

  • Growing Up Healthy Downtown: drop-in for families with preschoolers, workshops and special events


  • Community Parent Outreach Project: for newcomer families with accompaniment and workshops
  • Portuguese Fathers’ Group: parent skill building, social activities
  • Parent Advisory Networks
  • Parents for Action Now: advocacy on issues concerning parents

School-aged Children

  • After-School Programs: social-recreational activities, homework support
  • Winter, March Break and Summer Day Camps
  • Individual support to children who have experienced violence in the home
  • Music School: individual lessons, recitals, concerts, children’s choir and special events
  • Music School After-School Opera Program


  • Newcomer Youth Space: skill development, mentorships and special events
  • Youth After-School Tutoring
  • Youth Leadership Programs
  • Youth Employment Fund: supporting youth to access training and full-time paid work


  • Space provided for Narcotics Anonymous groups
  • Woman Abuse Program: individual and group support
  • Transitional support to women leaving abusive relationships
  • West Employment Training and Services program: one-to-one employment support, skills development, career exploration, job search, job leads, and connecting with employers
  • Financial Empowerment and Problem Solving: individual case work on financial problems, workshops, income tax clinics, sector training, public education and policy development
  • Immigrant and Refugee Services: settlement, volunteer tutoring and mentoring, workshops, outreach and support to homeless newcomers
  • Adult Literacy: individual tutoring, groups and small classes
  • Academic upgrading and preparation for post-secondary education
  • General Educational Development (GED): preparation for high school equivalence certificate
  • Computer training and internet access: individual and group tutoring with volunteers, and workshops
  • The Meeting Place: basic needs (shower, laundry, telephones, computers), mental health and addictions case management, Aboriginal ceremonies and group supports, community kitchen, odd jobs, information and referrals to health care, legal services, support finding housing
  • Parkdale Meeting Place: evening and social recreational activities, information and referrals to healthcare, legal services, support finding housing
  • Music School: individual lessons, recitals, adults choir, concerts and special events

Seniors and people with disabilities

  • Client and Family Services: intake, assessment and case management, crisis intervention, caregiver support and counselling, income tax clinic and home visits
  • Alzheimer and Frail Elderly Day Program, Enhanced Adult Day Program: supervised care in a group setting with multicultural activities and special events for frail individuals and those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive impairments
  • Home Support Services and Supportive Housing: homemaking, personal care and respite care for caregivers
  • Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors and Supportive Housing: support with activities of daily living through homemaking, personal care and response to emergencies 24/7
  • Visiting, Social and Safety Program: regular monitoring and socializing in people’s homes
  • Meals on Wheels and Transportation: daily delivery of hot or frozen meals to home and rides for appointments, shopping or social activities
  • Congregate dining and health promotion
  • Seniors’ Community Development: leadership development, Health Action Theatre for Seniors, Seniors Social Action Group
  • Elderly Persons Centres at 248 Ossington Ave. and 20 Westlodge Ave.: Social drop-in, fitness and recreational activities, Members’ Council, self-help groups, volunteer team and social learning clubs
  • Home at Last Program: facilitates seniors’ safe return home upon discharge from hospital

All Age Groups

  • Recruit, screen and match volunteers and students to programs and projects
  • Informal Economy Project
  • Neighbourhood Change Project
  • Community Advisory Group On Social Issues
  • Annual planning and priority setting
  • Public education and community consultations