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 member 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 Corner Drop-in, Youth Arcade, language training and L.L. Odette Place supportive housing, and have four child care centres in downtown Toronto. We now also offer Community Mediation and English classes in North York.
Today, we help more than 25,000 of the city's most vulnerable people from nine different locations across the city.