Changing Spaces, Changing Lives
Our Friends have told us…
"St. Stephen's has created an effective and inclusive way of delivering programming to all members of our community. Its drop-in centre is an important link in a network of services for the poor and marginalized in a city that's being polarized by the 'have's and 'have not's. The programming offered by St. Stephen's helps to connect us to each other so that no one feels alone. This approach to relationship building keeps our city healthy and strong."
"I have been closely associated with St. Stephen's Community House for over 20 years. Their innovative programming engages and empowers youth living in the Kensington community. Their outreach programs have been able to lend support to many local initiatives from residents associations to Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington. I am proud to have them as my neighbour."
Olivia Chow. M.P., Trinity-Spadina
"As a 35-year resident in the Kensington community, I have witnessed first hand how important it is to have St. Stephen's in this neighborhood through its many changes. My parents immigrated from Hong Kong to Toronto in their 60s. They started attending English classes at St. Stephen's and made many good friends. With St. Stephen's help, they were able to feel at home and part of the community in Toronto. Currently, my 91 year old mom is a regular in their senior's program. The attention and care she's receiving from the workers is very much appreciated by our family.
Tam Goossen, Community Member
"I became involved with St. Stephen's Community House many years ago when my daughter was in the child care centre. Their well-run childcare program is a source of support for many families in the Kensington community. St. Stephen's offered me my first job in Canada as a special project coordinator. I can therefore speak firsthand to St. Stephen's commitment to helping new Canadians. Through their Language Instruction and Newcomer Services programs and their Chinese, Portuguese and Korean senior clubs, immigrants are made to feel at home both at St. Stephen’s and in the community."
Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, Maytree Foundation
"I'm a keen supporter of St. Stephen's Community House because they genuinely care about people and know how to provide practical assistance to those people in our community who need help."
Bob Wong, Vice Chair, Leon Frazer & Associates Inc.
"I have been connected with St. Stephen's in excess of 15 years. St. Stephen's has been a vital component of our city's support system and has constantly evolved to meet changing needs, particularly in the Kensington Market community."
J. Spencer Lanthier, Former Chair & CEO KPMG Canada
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