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A welcoming community of families supporting each other through diverse programs & resources to build friendships, strengthen our children & create healthy neighbourhoods. To relieve poverty, provide education, support, recreational & social opportunities for people of all abilities
We are a community based agency that began in 1999 with 6 women meeting together and last year served 532 individual families and 574 individual children in our programs. Our centre has been set up to be a non-institutional, barrier free space, so that it is welcoming to everyone. It is a reflection of the needs, talents and gifts of our neighbours and friends so that it is relevant to the whole community. Our centre has various programs including, multicultural programs (Spanish, Japanese, South Asian); food bank, community garden, utility bill payments, financial literacy, speech assessment and support, and support for families with challenges through our Child Development Resource Centre. We run infant, toddler, preschool, tutoring and school-age programs. We also have an affordable school readiness program. We provide free or affordable space to a number of local agencies and businesses to run family programming like La Leche League, Scouts, Halton Peel Down Syndrome, Posse Project, CYAN.
32% of our members have moved to Oakville in the last 5 years.
11% are new immigrants to Canada compared 4% in Oakville.
53% were not born in Canada compared with 32% in Oakville.
39% live below the poverty line compared with 8.6% in Oakville
29% do not speak either official language most often in their homes compared with 12% in Oakville.
(Oakville statistics are from the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada.)
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