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by People & Organizations in North Toronto www.pointinc.org

People & Organizations in North Toronto is a nonprofit community information service agency. POINT serves the people of the community by improving and increasing awareness of the social and health services in North Toronto, through information, education and community engagement.

This Issue: POINT at a glance

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Director’s notes

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Program updates

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Coming soon

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Check out POINT’s website!! www.pointinc.org

POINT in North Toronto

As we welcome the fall weather, we’d like to update you on what’s been happening at POINT, changes in the community and their impact on our services and programs. We had a busy, fun-filled summer and look forward to a very active fall. This September marked the beginning of renovations at the Community Centre that continue till September 2019. Leading up to this, these last few months POINT staff have noticed an increase in the number of people seeking assistance for information on services; new, existing and those that will no longer be available during the temporary Centre’s closure. As a result, the POINT’s Information Centre is playing an increasingly important role in providing relevant community information and referral services to residents of the North Toronto area. What does that mean? We have been busy adapting to the changing needs of the community including; housing assistance to clients who have been displaced due to construction, resume support during this unstable job market and government form filling assistance to a growing number of newcomer clients. We also assist you by finding information about health and wellness, social and recreational programming, daycares, community events and much more. POINT’s Information Centre and website play a vital role in providing members of the community with resources from other local agencies’ and alternative programming during renovations. Think of us as your Community Help Desk!! If you know someone in need, please do not hesitate to call us. If you would like to announce your agencies’ events come by and see us. We are happy to help! Stop by, call or email jfernandes@pointinc.org for any questions or requests.

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People and Organizations in North Toronto

200 Eglinton Ave West Toronto, ON, M4R1A7 416.487.2390 | www.pointinc.org


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How has POINT made a difference? “Thank you to the POINT staff for providing this movie social event to meet, talk… and make new friends.” -Newcomer client seeking social activities “Thank-you so much for your support. You have been one of the most helpful people we have met in Canada!” - Newcomer couple – CIS help with housing and immigration forms

POINT Membership & Donations With your ongoing generous support, we continue to deliver our best to our community.

Thanks

The west end of the Community Centre is now closed for repairs. Fortunately, the rest of the building remains open until March 2018, reopening September 2019. The POINT office in the Community Centre remains open to the public until March 2018 at which time POINT will be relocated to a temporary location. Services and programs continue to be available throughout the disruptions. The Fall/Winter seminars and workshops will be conducted at the Northern District Public Library. We will provide POINT’s temporary relocation in the new year. I’m happy to say we have successfully delivered POINT’s summer programs and ongoing services. The children enjoyed, explored and learned about plants by participating in our Summer Gardening Program. The Mid-Town Youth Council created, produced and distributed an employment guide for Youth. Our senior and newcomer clients actively participated in the events and outings exploring Toronto. The Community Dining program continues to run full steam ahead and is even more in demand these days. Special thanks to our sponsors Meridian Bank and Rotary Club Toronto – Forest Hill for supporting our programs. Much appreciated! During this disruptive period, our Information Centre has seen an increase in people needing assistance and using our services. We have seen a 15-20% increase in the numbers of walk-ins over last year. This is significant and shows how rapidly our community is growing and the increasing need for services to meet this demand. As a result of this we’ve become more proactive in our outreach, face to face and increasing our web presence to ensure people are aware of our ongoing services and programs and that they have a place to just drop in. We encourage folks to become actively involved in POINT – join us as a member for an annual fee of $10. Membership fees and your generous donation help us maintain and deliver our current and sustainable programming to this community! With gratitude!

Come join us!! Become a POINT member and have a say in our planning . Annual membership fee $10.

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POINT’S Publications & Past Events

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POINT’s annual Children’s Gardening Program swung into action in July. The children learned the components of gardening, such as soil, water, pollination and pollinators. They were taught how to nurture plants by caring for their own takehome bean sprout. The program wrapped up end of August with the Harvest Party where the children received fresh produce along with tickets for the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), donated by the Meridian Credit Union, many Thanks!!

In other news, POINT’s Midtown Youth Council released a new publication, created by the youth for the youth. “The Little Book of Youth Employment” features tips on how to write a resume and cover letter, interview skills and etiquette in the workplace. Copies have been distributed to local high schools and libraries in the community. Free copies are available at the POINT office and online. POINT’s Seniors’ Services launched its summer EXPLORE TORONTO! social programming this May with a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium. The group had the opportunity to explore the various types of aquatic lifeforms including fish and sharks and enjoy a live diving show. In June, our seniors toured the Toronto Botanical Gardens and learnt about gardening and the various species of flowers, while enjoying a walking tour of the grounds. The seniors visited the Royal Ontario Museum in August, where we journeyed through different continents to explore national treasures including art installations, dinosaur relics, medieval weapons and precious stones and metals. A warm Thank-you to the seniors who attended the POINT’s Seniors’ Focus Group meeting in September and provided great feedback. We heard you!

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POINT 2017 Fall Programming …

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October 26 November 14 November 30th December 11th

Workshops/Seminars

Topics Coping with Depression and Mindfulness Meditation Acupressure for restoring sleep and revitalizing energy

Hearing Solutions Cooking and Nutrition

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The Community Dining Program, (a Parkdale Golden Age, POINT Inc., SPRINT and Parks & Recreation partnership) is now being held in the Seniors’ Lounge located on the upper level of the North Toronto Community Centre. Weekly registration can be made over the telephone by contacting the POINT office @ 416-487-2390.

Health, Fitness and Wellness and more….

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Thanks to our Funders & Sponsors!

POINT offers FREE Computer and Smartphone Classes for adults and seniors!! Topics include: Ipad/Tablets, IPhone/Smartphones, Introduction to Word, Excel, the Internet, as well as specific questions. Call us to register @ 416.487.2390.

Volunteer Opportunities! Looking to try something new? Need to complete volunteer hours for school? POINT is seeking volunteers to assist with Special Events, MidTown Youth Council and the Seniors’ Resource Guide. Apply online at www.pointinc.org

200 Eglinton Ave West Toronto, ON, M4R1A7 416.487.2390 | www.pointinc.org

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