Massey Centre

1102 Broadview Avenue – Toronto ON M4K 2S5

Telephone: 416.425.6348   Fax: 416.425.4056

www.massey.ca

easabeablair@massey.ca

Executive Director:  Ekua Asabea Blair

The Massey Centre for Women (the “ MCW”) is an award-winning, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that is a multi-service, non-profit, community agency located in the east-end of Toronto. The MCW is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged young women and their babies by providing programs and services such as: supportive and transitional housing; pre-employment services, an on-site high school program, counselling and primary health care. MCW is also an Ontario Early Years Centre and operates a Child Care Centre. All the Early Years program and services are accessible to families, young women and their children living in the broader community.

Programs/Services Provided:

Pre-natal residence:
We provide dormitory style accommodations for up to 22 pregnant teens who are 13-21 years old. While in residence clients have access to pre-natal primary heath care, informal counseling, prepared nutrition meals two (2) times daily; parent education, life skills, pre-natal classes, crafts and recreational activities.

Secondary School Program:
The Secondary School program is operated in partnership with the Toronto District School Board and offers a broad range of grade 9 to 12 courses for credit.

Community Program:
Upon moving out of the Massey Centre for Women and onto independent living, clients are offered the continued services for a further six months.  The purpose of this program is to help the young families find stable housing and to offer assistance with every aspect of community living.  The workers assist the new family unit with parenting, relationship, employment, and other issues.

Parents and Children Together (PACT) Community Based Resource Centre:
The Parents and Children Together (PACT) Centre is a facility equipped with pre-school toys, equipment, toy and music libraries, parent resources and children’s books.  The PACT Centre is designed to meet the special needs of high-risk children and families, but is also open to all families in the community.  Formal and informal educational programs are offered for children and parents within a milieu of acceptance and support.  Many volunteers assist with the delivery of the programs.

The Success by Employment and Technology (SET) Project
The SET Project offers computer and job skills training for disadvantaged, high risk, young mothers who do not have the means to enrol and succeed in a mainstream business program

Donations Program:
The Donations program helps low-income, high-risk and lone parent families with children up to 6 years to meet their basic needs.  The program assists families to develop independence and sustain themselves on a long-term basis in the community.
The Donations program receives a variety of donated goods from the community and distributes these goods to our clients. Goods are also distributed to the various programs at Massey Centre.

Volunteer Services:
Volunteers are vital to the operation of Massey Centre.  The wide variety of volunteer positions provide the opportunity to match each volunteer with a placement that best suits their interests, skills, and needs.  Positions include: labour coaching, tutoring, parent relief, emergency respite care, sistering/mentoring, administrative support, reception, fundraising, special events, recreation and crafts, infant stimulation, nursing support, computer training, delivering workshops, front-line program delivery, and Board and committee work.

Early Learning Centre:
This program has 48 spaces for babies and toddlers. Massey Centre clients are given priority for this service. The service is also open to the community.

Ontario Early Years:
We are the Toronto-Danforth riding  lead agency for this service working in partnership with eight (8) community partners to deliver drop-in centres for parents and caregivers; parent relief, clothing exchange, parenting workshops, toy library.