The Neighbourhood Group
When three great community organizations join forces and work together, you have to know good things are about to happen
Central Neighbourhood House, Neighbourhood Link and St. Stephen’s Community House have amalgamated their collective experience, resources and wisdom and created—The Neighbourhood Group—a partnership between three organizations sharing common goals: serve the public good, engage the community and achieve positive social change. While the service area of all organizations remains unchanged, the benefit to people living within the area is about to increase dramatically.
Central Neighbourhood House
In 1911, Central Neighbourhood House (CNH) was founded in response to the appalling living conditions of newcomers to Canada living in downtown Toronto. Inadequate housing, poverty and lack of city services like sewer, water and medical care combined to create an environment of despair. CNH is the second oldest settlement house in Toronto and was established on the principle that if you want to improve the conditions of people living in poverty, you have to live and work with them as neighbours. For 105+ years CNH has done just that; working with people in an environment of respect to improve quality of life on every level. For more information about CNH’s history, click here to visit their site.
Neighbourhood Link Support Services
In 1975, residents of Toronto’s east end decided that it was time to take action against the isolation of many of Toronto’s seniors. They shared a passion and compassion for their senior neighbours in need and felt their personal touch would be more effective than other available alternatives. Neighbourhood Link Support Services has always centered on the originating principle, that people sometimes need practical support to be able to choose to live independently and with dignity in their community. The programs and services have expanded over the years to support newcomers, youth, and the marginally housed. For more information on Neighbourhood Link Support Services’ history, click here to visit their site.
St. Stephen’s Community House
St. Stephen’s Community House was started by the Anglican Diocese in 1962 as a settlement house providing community services, primarily to youth. In 1964, St. Stephen’s added English classes for new immigrants, along with counselling, and job placement services. On May 24, 1974, St. Stephen’s became an independent, non-denominational, incorporated not-for-profit charitable organization, and a United Way Greater Toronto anchor agency. Today the agency provides services for youth, people who are homeless, newcomers, seniors, and job seekers. St. Stephen’s also offers services for conflict resolution, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS awareness, and childcare. Click here to visit their site www.sschto.ca