Program News

October 16th marked New Circles’ 2nd annual Spooktacular Event – an opportunity for some of our youngest shoppers to visit us and select the perfect Halloween outfit!
 
Over 100 children ages 0 – 12 were able to have their Halloween wishes come true – expressing their inner princesses, superheroes, goblins, ghosts and much more.
Prom Boutique youth participants

Excitement filled the air as students poured into the Prom Boutique to select the perfect outfit for their special night.

Graduate of Business skills program

On February 12th, 10 women shared a milestone as the first graduates of our new Business Office Skills program.

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New Circles re-opened for service on January 19. Meeting this deadline was no easy feat and made only possible through a generous team of volunteers. Amongst these volunteers, was the Professional Organizers of Canada (POC), Toronto team. On January 7, POC brought 15 enthusiastic volunteers to sort, hang and organize clothing, shoes and accessories in preparation of setting up our clothing service.

This particular team was just the right group for the job: orderly, methodological, system-oriented and perhaps most importantly – kind-hearted!

Holiday Angel Program Brings Much Needed Support to Families

The Holiday Angel Program 2014 proved to be a success, with 183 families (530 individuals) served.

On October 3rd, we welcomed an energetic team of 20 Deloitte employees for a second year to mark their annual Community Impact Day. Given the high degree of expertise in the group, we’d thought we’d tap into their knowledge this year as well as their labour and invited them to to take part in a “Think Tank” to help us develop a social media strategy for our upcoming Giving Tuesday campaign.
 

When Sawsan signed up for our new Business Office Skills program, her biggest worry was the math section.  Three weeks into it, she’s surprised to find that’s the part she likes the best.  “The minute you start really knowing and solving the problem, it comes really interesting and you want to do more.”

“LIST has not only helped me with retail, but has boosted my confidence in talking and interacting with other people” – Program Graduate
 
Congratulations to our Leaders in Service Training (LIST) graduates – all of whom successfully completed a 6 week retail skills and leadership program. Our ten students are now Certified Retail Sales Associates through the Retail Council of Canada.
 
Celebrating youth committed to planting seeds of positive change in our communities.
 

July marked the beginning of Ramadan, a month in which many Muslims across the globe observe a period of reflection important to spiritual values. As a core belief of Muslim communities, empathy for others and helping those in need is considered integral. The end of Ramadan is marked with Eid, an important celebration, featuring gratitude, family, festivities and food.

New Circles wants to ensure that regardless of economic circumstances, families in need are not only equipped to celebrate Eid, but also feel welcomed and supported in our community.

On a monthly basis, New Circles brings our mobile mall to local seniors, residing in Toronto Community Housing residences. In partnership with Flemingdon Health Centre, we served a particularly active group of residents, offering a Zumba class before opening up the ‘mall’ for shopping. Thirty residents joined the one hour, energetic class full of fun hip-hop, soca, mambo and salsa moves! Others looked on, to socialize with their neighbours as they anticipated the opening of the mall.
 

New Circles Community Services and Harmony Place Support Services are pleased to celebrate the 2013 International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD).

We are honoured that Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner for the Ontario Commission for Human Rights will deliver a keynote message.

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New Circles' GLOW clothing service is the largest clothing bank in Toronto. We help 12,000 people of all ages annually.