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Free counselling on Wednesdays

Family Service Toronto is offering downtown walk-in sessions for those in need of immediate or urgent counselling one night per week.

The sessions are offered on a first-come first-served basis at 355 Church Street on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. to individuals, couples and families. All members of the community are welcome with no restrictions based on age or address. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. at the latest.

No appointment or referral is required. Counselling is offered in English. Some of our counsellors are fluent in other languages (French, Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish and possibly other languages; to confirm call 416-595-9618).

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FST urges City to develop a poverty strategy

FST has joined with United Way Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, Income Security Advocacy Centre, Atkinson Foundation, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and other community leaders in signing an open letter calling on Toronto City Council to develop and implement a Poverty Reduction Strategy by the end of 2014.
Even though Toronto ranks as one of the wealthiest cities in Canada, poverty is undermining our prosperity and well-being, according to the letter. More than 20 percent of Toronto residents currently live in poverty, but a University of Toronto study predicts that could jump to 60 per cent by 2025.
Toronto needs a comprehensive strategy to eradicate poverty to reverse this trend. The letter was delivered to the members of the Community Development and Recreation Committee on March 18.

Read full letter

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FST launches new centennial video

Family Service Toronto is proud to showcase our new Centennial video that celebrates our past and recognizes the great work we do every day.

The video launch marks the official start of our year-long celebrations extending across all FST divisions and departments as we recognize the most important milestone in our history. It is a time to pay tribute to our past, celebrate the present and embrace our exciting future.

Throughout 2014, we will host signature events and organize other activities to highlight our work in the community and our leadership in the social services sector.

Follow our Centennial blog for event details and stay tuned as we as we prepare to showcase our remarkable century of helping move Toronto to a better quality of life for all. 

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Federal Budget 2014:  Children in Poverty Wait while Surplus Accumulates

Canada’s 2014 Federal Budget has no clear strategies to address Canada’s 14.3% child poverty rate and is out of step with Canadian values of caring about our neighbours’ children. “Canadians are deeply committed to their communities and neighbours and they understand that eradicating child poverty is a collective responsibility,” said Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator of Campaign 2000.

“In this federal budget, government fails to play a leadership role in implementing policies that can improve the lives of over 967,000 children living in poverty in Canada. Campaign 2000 urges the government to dedicate half of the $6.5 billion projected surplus for 2015 to poverty reduction this year. Children and families in poverty should not be forced to wait for action that secures their basic dignity.”

Read Campaign 2000 press release.


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