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 Local Resources for Families: Multiple Regions/GTA

Bereavement Suport

Infant Loss Support

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Bereavement Support

Bereaved Families of Ontario

Main Website: http://www.bereavedfamilies.net/

Durham Location

Address: 1050 Simcoe Street North Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4W5

Telephone: (905) 579-4293

Email: admin@bfodurham.net, or see ‘Contact Us’ on Website

Website: http://www.bfodurham.net/

Program Information: http://bfodurham.net/Our-Programs.php

Description: Support specializing in families who have lost children through death. Services include one-on-One Support, telephone help line and support, bereavement packages, and facilitator training.

Office hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday to Thursdays.

Not wheelchair accessible.

Call or email for further details.

Halton/Peel Location

Address: 33 City Centre Drive, Suite 610. Mississauga, ON, L5B 2N5

Telephone: (905) 848-4337

For basic information, email: info@bereavedfamilies.ca

For program information, contact Maureen Hunkeler at: programming@bereavedfamilies.ca

Website: http://www.bereavedfamilies.ca/

Program Information: http://www.bereavedfamilies.ca/programs

Description: Support specializing in families who have lost children through death. Services include one-on-One Support, telephone help line and support, bereavement packages, and facilitator training.

Office hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday to Thursdays.

Not wheelchair accessible.

Call or email for further details.

Toronto Location

Address: 250 Merton St, Toronto, ON M4S 1B1, Canada

Telephone:(416) 440-0290

Distress Centre (416) 408-4357

Email: info@bfotoronto.ca

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/bfotoronto/home

Program Information: https://sites.google.com/site/bfotoronto/volunteer/programs

Description: Services include Programs for bereaved people of all ages who have experienced the loss of a parent, child (including miscarriages, babies that are born still and newborn/infant deaths), spouse/partner, sibling or family member through one-to-one sessions, telephone support and mutual support groups.

Serves: Children ages 5-8 years and 9-12 years old, Youth 13-17 years of age, Young adults 18-30, Adults over 30.

Office hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Call or email for further details        .

York (Newmarket) Location

Address: 17070 Yonge St #203, Newmarket, ON L3Y

Telephone: (905) 898-6265

Email: bfoyr_program@bellnet.ca

Executive Director: bfoyr@bellnet.ca

Website: http://www.bfo-yorkregion.com/

Program Information: http://www.bfo-yorkregion.com/programs-services

Description:A variety of programs and services that are designed to help grieving individuals, families, youth and children through their journey of grief.

Call or email for further details.

 

Camp Erin

Address: Camp Manitou Toronto Office 2478 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2H5

Website: https://moyerfoundation.org/camps-programs/camp-erin/

Description: Attend a transformational weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support at NO COST. Arranged through different organizations in Southern Ontario.

Serves: Children and teens ages 6 to17.

Eligibility: Each child may only go once. This Includes all camp sites. Each child attending must have experienced loss of a parent or sibling.

Transportation is provided, see specific camp details.

Contact Information by Location:

Toronto Location:

Rebecca Diamond

Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre

416-360-1111

camperin@griefcentre.org

https://drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca/camp-erin/

Cornwall Location:

Michele Smith

Carefor Health & Community Services

613-932-3451

camperin@carefor.ca

Hamilton Location:

Karen Nowicki

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice

905-387-2448 x2208

knowicki@kemphospice.org

Website: http://kemphospice.org/camp-erin

Eastern Ontario Location:

Website: https://www.carefor.ca/?action=show&lid=MPJNT-B65CF-BX7X6&desc=Camp-Erin-Eastern-Ontario

 

Wellspring                                                                                                                  

Main Website: https://wellspring.ca/locations/

North York Location:

Address: Westerkirk House – 105 Wellness Way Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M5

Mailing Address: 2075 Bayview Avenue Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M5

Telephone: (416) 480-4440

Email Alison Bourne, Program Coordinator: alison@wellspring.ca

Website: https://wellspring.ca/westerkirk/

Program Information: https://wellspring.ca/westerkirk/programs/all-programs/

Description: A variety of supportive care programs, at no cost, for cancer patients and their families. Programs include art therapy, family support, as well as children and adult specific groups. LGBT specific support groups, meditation classes, financial management programs and many more.

Serves: People of all ages, Children 0-12, Youth 13-18, and Adults 19 years of age and up.

Eligibility: Wellspring offers free support for anyone living with cancer, at any stage, as well as for their caregivers and family members.

Office hours: Peer support volunteers are available to assist you every day from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays, closed on Sundays.

Drop-in support requires no registration or call, for all other programs and services contact for more information.

Oakville Location:

Address: Birmingham Gilgan House 2545 Sixth Line Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7V9

Telephone: (905) 257-1988

Email: Lauren Bryson, Program Coordinator: lauren@wellspring.ca

Website: https://wellspring.ca/birmingham/

Program Information: https://wellspring.ca/birmingham/programs/all-programs/

Description:A variety of supportive care programs, at no cost, for cancer patients and their families. Programs include art therapy, family support, as well as children and adult specific groups. LGBT specific support groups, meditation classes, financial management programs and many more.

Serves: People of all ages, Children 0-12, Youth 13-18, and Adults 19 years of age and up.

Eligibility: Wellspring offers free support for anyone living with cancer, at any stage, as well as for their caregivers and family members.

Office hours: Peer support volunteers are available to assist you every day from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturdays, closed on Sundays.

Drop-in support requires no registration or call, for all other programs and services contact for more information.

Peel (Brampton) Location:

Address: 5 Inspiration Way Brampton, Ontario, L6R 0L7

Telephone: (905) 792-6480

Email: Neal McCaffrey, Program and Fundraising Coordinator: neal@wellspring.ca

Website: https://wellspring.ca/chinguacousy/

Program Information: https://wellspring.ca/chinguacousy/programs/all-programs/

Description: A variety of supportive care programs, at no cost, for cancer patients and their families. Programs include art therapy, family support, as well as children and adult specific groups. LGBT specific support groups, meditation classes, financial management programs and many more.

Serves: People of all ages, Children 0-12, Youth 13-18, and Adults 19 years of age and up.

Eligibility: Wellspring offers free support for anyone living with cancer, at any stage, as well as for their caregivers and family members.

Office hours: Peer support volunteers are available to assist you every day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.

Drop-in support requires no registration or call, for all other programs and services contact for more information.

Toronto Location:

Address: 4 Charles Street East Suite 400 Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1T1

Telephone: (416) 961-1928

Email: Ryan Buttigieg, Program and Data Coordinator: ryan@wellspring.ca

Website: https://wellspring.ca/downtown-toronto/

Up to date Parking info:

https://wellspring.ca/downtown-toronto/contact-us/

Program Information:

https://wellspring.ca/downtown-toronto/programs/all-programs/

Description: A variety of supportive care programs, at no cost, for cancer patients and their families. Programs include art therapy, family support, as well as children and adult specific groups. LGBT specific support groups, meditation classes, financial management programs and many more.

Serves: People of all ages, Children 0-12, Youth 13-18, and Adults 19 years of age and up.

Eligibility: Wellspring offers free support for anyone living with cancer, at any stage, as well as for their caregivers and family members.

Office hours:Peer support volunteers are available to assist you every day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday

Drop-in support requires no registration or call, for all other programs and services contact for more information.

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Infant Loss Support

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre: Pregnancy and Infant Loss         

Main Location: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Other meeting locations: Durham (Ajax), Markham-Stouffville, Mississauga, Toronto, York Region

Telephone: Toronto: (416) 480-5330. Pickering: (905) 472-1807

For information for meeting locations outside of Toronto contact the listed email.

email: pailnetwork@sunnybrook.ca

Website: http://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=pail

Support Services Intake Form Link: http://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=pail-support-services

Description: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network at Sunnybrook is committed to making a positive difference for those affected by pregnancy and infant loss. They provide a variety of support services tailored to meet the specific needs of bereaved parents and families across Ontario.

Serves: Adults

Eligibility: Adults who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss

Office hours: This program is in the process of transitioning to Sunnybrook (as of 01/20/2017) Contact for more details.

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Child Care/ Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Address: Locations all over Ontario. See website for details concerning your area

Telephone: Head Office: (905) 639-0461. See area specific websites for the phone number of the location near you.

Email: See contact list: http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/aboutbbbsc/contact.aspx

Website: http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

Contact information of different locations: http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/aboutbbbsc/localagencies/default.aspx

Mentoring Program List:

http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/mentoringprograms/default.aspx

Description: Serving as role models, the mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and for having respect for family, peers and community.

Serves: Children, see program specific details for age ranges

Contact for location specific and program specific details.

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Community Support Services and Programs

YMCA

Address: Locations all over Ontario. See website for details concerning your area.

Telephone: Main Telephone: (416) 928-9622

For all other contact information, including program specifics, and link to email, visit:

https://ymcagta.org/contact-us

Website: https://ymcagta.org/

Find your nearest YMCA location: https://ymcagta.org/find-a-y

Youth Programs:

https://ymcagta.org/youth-programs

Child Care:

https://ymcagta.org/child-care

Description: The YMCA takes a holistic approach to community health that embodies all aspects of physical, mental and social well-being. They engage with the community to provide customized programs that support local needs while embracing diversity. The YMCA of Greater Toronto is dedicated to making our communities home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.

See YMCA’s website for program specific details.

Registration: Each program has specific instructions on how to register. See program page- Click ‘How to Register’- for steps.

Office hours: Customer service hours of operation: Monday to Friday: 9:0 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Closed on Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays.

Location specific Accessibility information:

https://ymcagta.org/about-us/accessibility”

Toronto Public Library

Address: Multiple locations across Toronto.

Telephone: Main telephone: 416-393-7131

For online chat or email visit: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/contact/

Website: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/

List of Branch locations and hours:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/branches/

Programs:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/

Description: Toronto Public Library encourages children to love learning and become lifelong readers, provides people a place to meet and for communities to grow, and offers classes, programs and readings.

Serves: See program page for details regarding age ranges for specific programs.

Eligibility: See program page for details regarding eligibility for specific programs.

Office hours: See website or contact local branch for further details.

Cleaning for a Reason

Address: In-home

Telephone: (877) 337-3348 (main office, Texas)

For online email visit: http://cleaningforareason.org/contact

Register for maid service: http://portal.cleaningforareason.org/patients/account/register

Description: Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization that serves all the United States and Canada. Our mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Our goal is to let these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while we focus on, and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge.

Eligibility: Mothers with cancer

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Single Parent Support

One Parent Families Association

Address: Multiple locations across the GTA

Telephone: Main Tel: (877) 773-7714

Email: oneparentfamilies@gmx.ca

Website: https://oneparentfamilies.net/

Location (referred to as chapter) specific contact info: https://oneparentfamilies.net/contact-us/

Description: This organization gives you the opportunity to meet people who have been through similar experiences. There are many great activities for both you and your family. Family and adult activities, both educational and social. Kids activities are varied, they include camping, playing sports, guest speakers and having fun. Their goal is to create a feeling of belonging.

Serves: OPFA caters to a variety of ages, ranging from babies to teens, as well as adults wanting to socialize in a no-pressure environment.

Eligibility: Membership is open to all single parents, whether by separation or divorce, death of a spouse or having never been married. Custody of the children is not a factor. Age of the children is also not a factor.

Registration: See location website for further details

Cost: Annual fee of $50. Most programs are subsidized, some are free. Contact for details.

Office hours: See location website for further details.

Single Parent Support Meetups in Toronto

Address: Locations vary depending on group.

See specific groups for contact information

Website: https://www.meetup.com/topics/single-parent-support-group/ca/on/toronto/

Description: Meetup is on online resource dedicated to connecting people with similar needs to meet in groups for support. Through meetup you can join a group, create a group, meet great people, learn, share, and more.

Serves: Most are adult groups, but Meetup gives the potential for anyone to find a group that suits them.

Eligibility: See group details for more information.

Registration: Joining a group is free, some groups may ask for donations, see for details.

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