Sancta Maria House

102 Bernard Avenue – Toronto ON M5R 1R9

Telephone: 416.925.7333   Fax: 416.923.2541

sancta@lefca.com

http://smhtoronto.org/

Executive Director:  Sonia Layne

Since 1961, Sancta Maria House has been providing a loving, caring and secure home for young women.  The service is offered to young women aged 15 to 19 years (under 18 at admission) who may be experiencing family conflict, problems with cultural adjustment, and physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, with a need to develop life skills.

Sancta Maria House accommodates 7 young women in a home environment with a recreation room, chapel and dining room. Professional staff is on duty 24 hours a day. The emphasis is on teaching life skills, and independent living skills with supportive counselling. Residents attend school or work and share household chores such as cooking and cleaning. Volunteers participate in the House program.

The funding is from the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Quinn House, established in 1988, provides affordable rental accommodation for 4 young women aged 18 to 22. There is a live-in coordinator. Residents attend school or work and do their own shopping and meal preparation. Admission is not confined to Sancta Maria House Residents. Funding is from Share Life/Catholic Charities.

Aftercare services are available to help former residents become established in the community, and to assist in learning the community network of support services.