Locations There are several locations in GTA. The main office is located at Downtown, Toronto. Our group went: Scarborough :747 Warden Avenue Phone number: 416- 7555-565
History Almost 100 years of Service FST started as the Neighbourhood Workers Association (NWA) in 1914. Why? The growing levels of poverty faced many families in the city. 2008 the name is changed to Family Service Toronto Original purpose: severed as umbrella organization, bring churches and other charitable organization to relief to families in need.
FST’s Goal The goal of FST Counselling service is: Help people find better communication skills, Explore their strengths and weakness Help them find resources to solve their problems and give a wide range of information. You can receive counseling in a numerous amount of ways such as; online, by phone, brief counseling (6 sessions), single sessions consultations, or on- going counseling.
Clients 10,000 people/year get help through Changing lives and Family Violence. (Scarborough location) Is there a waiting list? There is a year long wait list for general counselling 0 to 1 month for Violence Against Women Counselling 6 months or more for seniors program Who can get support? anyone who lives in Toronto or works in Toronto.
FundingSources of Revenue 2011-2012 Amount in Dollars PercentageGovernment Revenues for Community 5,365,928 25.7%programsGovernment and partner Agency Revenues for 7,014,122 33.6%Client Purchase of ServiceEarned Income (95% Employee Assistance 3,968,689 19.1%Programs & Integrated Workplace Solutions;5% individual client fees)United Way 3,721,897 17.9%Donations and Non-Government Grants 606,970 2.9%Investment Income and Other Income 172,545 0.8%TOTAL 20,850,151 100%
Services FST Offer: There are many services that FST is offering. The most common one is Counselling. You can get other services through Counselling. There are three part Programs and Services Changing lives Family Violence (VAW) Building Inclusive Communities
FST’s Expertise Abuse and Violence HIV/AIDS Adult Survivors of Intellectual Disabilities Childhood Trauma Parenting Issues Coming out Relationships Bereavement Seniors Issues and Separation or Divorce Caregiver Stress Remarriage Sexual Orientation Depression and stress
Circumstances That Leads to Choosing FST There are many reasons. Any issues related to individuals. Housing, Poverty, Abuse, New Immigration, Unemployment (with stress) Child with Special Needs.
Poverty to FST The poverty issues always related to other issues. It never just poverty. People who end up with Poverty can have many circumstances. Abused Disabilities Mental issues Lost of income Homeless Stress out
Poverty Poverty is “People have no income left after every expenses or no income at all.” Lower than $25,000 annually is considered as living in poverty in Toronto. Depends on the situation may define Poverty differently.
What Can FST Do For You? How can FST help? Counselling, to identify the problem 1st. Workshop Plan, based on individual issues Provide resources and services based on the issue. If only can’t find a job, FST may not be the best choice. FST can help people solve personal issues or family issues. FST can provide useful information that you may not know. Pensions for special needs child(ren). (get on wheel trans, no age limits) Provide programs/services that will help you cope with your issues.
Are The Services Free? Most of them are free Violence Against Women (Free) Seniors and Caregivers (Free) General Counselling (depends on your income.$ 0-110) Some of them are cost, most of them are free.
How Can ECE Refer FST? If the parents need food, referral food bank If the parents need find job, referral Employment services. Referral parents when they live in poverty and also have issues about how to dealing with their child, or have other family relation issues. There are different language services. Through Website, doctor offices.