St. Stephen's Community House was started by the Anglican Diocese in 1962. In its early years, St. Stephen's was a Christian-based settlement house providing community services, primarily to youth. In 1964, we added English classes for new immigrants, along with counselling, job placement services, and electronics and woodworking workshops for youth. We continued to operate in this capacity for ten years.
On May 24, 1974, St. Stephen's Community House became an independent, non-denominational, incorporated not-for-profit charitable organization, and a United Way Toronto anchor agency.
We opened our first childcare centre and developed our first senior's program in the 1970's.
Throughout the next twenty years, our services continued to grow. We started our Conflict Resolution and HIV awareness programs, and opened our Senior's Activity Centre, Employment and Training Centre, and Youth Arcade.
Since then, we opened:
the Augusta Centre, which houses our Housing and Homeless Services and L.L. Odette Place supportive housing
seven other child care centres across Toronto
our Newcomer Centre in North York which provides settlement services and language classes, as well as specific services for youth
a community mediation service in North York
the Youth Arcade Studio in Kensington Market to support young people with therapeutic arts programs
the Peer Leadership Centre in Kensington Market, which supports people with lived experience as they regain stability in their lives
On April 1, 2020, we merged with The Neighbourhood Group Community Services. Together, our 600+ staff and 2000+ volunteers help more than 60,000 of the city's most vulnerable people.