Building Stronger Communities By Providing For Those In Need
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About Us

New Circles Community Services is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. We provide much needed clothingsocial programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, and Taylor-Massey (including Crescent Town), many of whom are newcomers to Canada.

Our core mission is to ensure that local families struggling with poverty can meet their basic need for adequate clothing. We operate the largest clothing bank in Toronto under the name of GLOW (Gently Loved Outfits to Wear), designed to offer a retail shopping experience that preserves dignity for clients. We also provide emergency relief city-wide for individuals in immediate need of clothing. GLOW has 12,000 visits annually.

Clothing is just the beginning. We know to build strong and caring communities we must provide our clients with programs to help them integrate socially and economically into the community. We offer volunteer programsfriendship circlesoffice and retail skills programs, and language tutoring classes. In addition, we have specialized programs for youth and seniors in the community, such as retail training for youth and the Seniors Mobile Mall

Why Clothing?

The UN’s Declaration of Human Rights identifies clothing as a basic necessity, which together with food and housing, creates the foundation for an adequate living standard.
 
Proper clothing is essential to good health, self esteem, social inclusion and employability. Access to free, good quality clothing allows our clients to spend scarce resources on food, housing and other necessities. A family of four using our clothing service can save up to $5,000 annually.
 

History of New Circles

Originally called Circle of Warmth, New Circles Community Services was founded by Cindy Blakely, a former social worker with the Toronto District School Board who saw first-hand the importance of meeting basic needs, such as proper clothing, so that young people could concentrate on their education. In 2005, the Circle of Warmth was operated out of a small storefront in the Flemingdon Park Plaza as a clothing service and holiday gift-giving program. Since then, New Circles has expanded to meet the needs of our communities with social programs, opportunities to build employable skills, and special events.
 
New Circles is committed to living out our core values that define what we stand for and how we deliver our mission.
 

Our Core Values

Respect

To demonstrate respect for the people we serve, the agencies, schools and organizations we work with and the staff, volunteers and donors who support us.

Caring

To care for the people who live and work in the communities we serve.

Integrity

To create a safe, non-judgmental environment that ensures honest and open communication with all of our stakeholders while maintaining client confidentiality

Stewardship

To responsibly and efficiently manage the assets entrusted to us by our donors and volunteers.

Proper clothing is essential to good health, self esteem, social inclusion and employability.   Give your clothing a second life. Donate gently worn clothing today.

When you know that you are going to have clothing for yourself and your children, you know they will be healthy – you know they will grow and continue to learn.

– Client