We are pleased to share with your our 2015-16 Annual Report, highlighting accomplishments during this period. Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to meet the basic clothing needs of 11,000 people, and provide employment training to 43 individuals, helping to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.
Ivon Kemper is no ordinary volunteer. She has lived around the world with her diplomat husband, and she brings a global perspective to volunteering at New Circles.
Maggie Hayes takes no credit for goodness, although as a donor to New Circles, she is doing great good.
Olu describes walking through the door at New Circles as “life changing.” She was, she says, overwhelmed “with joy; with happiness.” It had been a long road to the front door of New Circles.
It takes a large network of people passionate about helping youth to stock the annual Prom Boutique with fashionable formal wear for the more than 500 teens who visit each year.
As the manager of New Circles’ employment training programs, Joanna Jaskielewicz works closely with clients, volunteer facilitators and program partners to deliver the Retail Foundations, Business Office Skills and Leaders in Service Training programs.
On March 2, New Circles opened its doors to local community service agencies. Eighty individuals from 45 different agencies attended information sessions, took tours through GLOW, and spent time networking with New Circles staff and other service providers.
On a sunny afternoon in February, fifteen newly-certified graduates from our retail training program gathered with family and friends to celebrate their success.
The retail industry may be disrupted, but it is certainly not collapsing. This was a key message at a recent roundtable that brought together retailers and non-profits to discuss how community-based training initiatives can help fill the hiring gap.
Do you have high-end clothing and accessories to donate, but aren't sure if they're appropriate for GLOW? With the new Pay It Forward program, you can drop off designer items to our partner Flair Trade - and 70% of the sale proceeds will go right back to GLOW!
This May, youth from across the city who are facing economic barriers will come to New Circles to shop for the perfect prom outfit. There are many ways to get involved, from organizing a Prom Drive, to donating clothing, to making a financial contribution.
"This morning, I reflect on a journey that started out with hesitant, tentative steps. We see just how far we have come...it has been an honour and a privilege being part of this journey with you all."