St. Felix Centre is a place where people can feel safe and supported. To us, everyone is our neighbour. So no matter what race, age, gender, or religious belief, everyone is welcome. We give people a greater sense of community helping to eliminate any feelings of isolation, loneliness or abandonment.
St. Felix Centre is a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for children. Through our after-school programs and summer camp, we provide opportunities for educational services and skill development.
We know that childhood should be a time of emotional, mental and physical well-being and growth. Healthy development of social skills, self confidence, and self esteem at this time in their life enriches children forever.
Programs and Services
We strive to assess and address the current and evolving needs of the community. Programs are respectful of all religions, genders, cultures, and abilities.
The people who access our programs are diverse, ranging from recent new-comers to Canada to people who have been homeless or without stable housing for many years. Despite the unhealthy and unstable conditions that many of our community members live in, the community has not attracted media attention or public support.
We provide these programs and services with donations from corporate partners, sponsors and donors. Without help from you, there would be no help for those who turn to us.
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NEW - WOMEN'S WELLNESS PROGRAM Started on Tuesday September 6th, 2011 - click here to see our current programming calendar or contact Sharon Hinks at 416-203-0880 or email@example.com for more information.
Women's Wellness Program
Because a Healthy You is a Happy You
A holistic program integrating healthy eating, physical activity and mental health promotion at the community level.
Through neighbourhood discovery walks, grocery shopping trips, communal cooking and exercise classes, low-income and immigrant women of all abilities come together in ways that foster both community and personal health.
Free childcare is provided.
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Social Service Support
Opportunities that change lives
The staff at St. Felix Centre helps guests improve their living conditions by creating access to skill development programs and medical care. The staff is also available for one-on-one counseling.
We focus on the dignity of everyone by providing hospitality, compassionate service and holistic support. We recognize that during challenging moments in life, you need more than just physical care.
Specifically, we can help provide the following support:
- furnishing a home
- access to job-training programs
- access to legal advice
- clothing donations
- career and emotional counseling
You can be a part of your community simply by donating.
Come to St. Felix Centre and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a toast for only 25¢ every morning Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
Lunch and Support Program
Nutrition for the body and the soul
Between 60 and 140 people join us every weekday for lunch.
These guests are low-income and normally don't have stable housing. We provide a warm, nutritious lunch, some friendly conversation and a place to go where people can feel safe. There is a garden outside with a small stream that provides a peaceful space for reflection.
Lunch hours run weekdays from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM. Call the Centre for holiday hours.
A large portion of our food is donated by non-profit agencies like Second Harvest, but we still have to provide the rest.
Without community support through donations and volunteering, we would have to turn people away.
Evening Meal Program
When people are treated with dignity and care they are transformed. And one of the most powerful forms of caring for someone is to cook & serve them a meal. It evokes a memory of the best of childhoods and meets the longing inside every one of us to be loved.
At the Evening Meal Program, homeless men & women interact with local families from the nearby housing project, eating & laughing together, getting to know each other by name, and learning to feel like members of a community.
15 children even come by themselves because there is no food at home. Recently one of these children started to play cards regularly with a particularly distant elderly homeless man. This is the magic of St. Felix!
Supper is cooked and served by volunteers who largely come from the same community and really want to make a difference. It really is amazing what you can do just helping one person at a time.
We serve Community Dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:30 PM until 6:45PM.
Each week a small, dedicated group gets together to draw, paint and talk about art. They periodically visit the Gallery too.
Art Program runs on Mondays from 12:30 PM until 3:00 PM.
A new and fast growing program. Volunteers, under the guidance of one of our staff who is a qualified ESL teacher, work one on one with students who need help with English.
ESL Tutoring Program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Over 400 people accessed this service getting clothes and toiletries. Our biggest need is for socks and shoes or boots, especially in the winter. Not only are these a dire necessity, they often get stolen in shelters or on the street. Warm hats and gloves are always needed too. But sometimes something different is required too. This year we gave one man a suit to go to a funeral in, and one woman a wedding dress and another an outfit she could visit her devout Muslim parents in.
Clothing Bank is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
Twice a week coaches are on hand to help our guests learn better how to use computers. We have 16 computers available for use throughout the Centre.
Computer Classes are available by appointment Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
Meal Outreach Program
Meal Outreach Program
In March 2012 St. Felix Centre started a new Meal Outreach Program.
Program runs every Tuesday and is located at 2195 Jane Street, Toronto.
Math is more than just numbers
This is a part of our after-school program for children in grades 1 through 5. Our volunteers provide one-on-one assistance in mathematics for 30 minutes. Programs are designed to suit the individual needs of each child.
Mathematics is a life skill necessary for basic challenges and coping in life. It is also a subject that can promote much fear and impatience. By catching a problem early, children can realize they can learn to cope instead of avoiding the problem.
There is typically a wait list because of the success of the program. We currently do not have enough funding or resources to run it every day of the week. Our goal is to extend tutoring to a larger group of children. You can help us reach this goal.
When the school bell rings at the end of the day, St Felix Centre erupts with energy. Children from ages 6 through 12 from the neighbourhood visit us 5 days a week for homework, reading time and engaging activities.
The Afterschool Program consists of 60 children and 5 volunteers a day. There is a waiting list of families who would benefit from having their child included.
Children receive assistance finishing homework, specifically reading and writing. But it's not just work. We make sure every session has at least a portion of time devoted to games and fun projects to keep their young minds fresh and active.
Donations contributed to St. Felix Centre make it possible to increase the number of children enrolled in this exciting program, even a small donation can help us enrich the lives of these special children.
Youth Drop-in Program
St. Felix Centre provides a safe space for the youth in the neighbourhood to play Wii and computer games, watch movies, hang-out and meet new people and make new friends.
Every Friday from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM