WoodGreen Community Services – Employment and Newcomer Support to East Toronto

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Published March 2005. Some information in this article is outdated.

Located in east Toronto, WoodGreen Community Services provides employment support and job training programs to adults and youth seeking work. We offer a wide range of services and support to Toronto immigrants helping them adjust to their new lives in Canada.

WoodGreen has been a community leader in Toronto for over 65 years. We believe there are certain essentials in life that everyone should have access to, including affordable housing, regular employment, quality child care, supportive communities and the ability to live independently. Last year we helped more than 37,000 individuals and families through our 15 locations and over 100 partnerships across the city.

Through our Immigrant Services, WoodGreen provides support to newcomers at various stages of their settlement. We understand the challenges of trying to adjust to a new language, a new culture and new surroundings. That’s why we work closely with you and your family to help you settle into your new life – that means supporting you as you learn about the city, improve your English language and literacy skills, begin your job search, find affordable housing, locate the right school for your children, access important community resources and develop a network of friends.

Through WoodGreen’s Employment Services, and in particular, our Job Search Workshop for Newcomers program, we can also offer you a variety of services to support your job search. These include advice on resume and cover letter writing; support for job interviews; information on how to find the right job; access to information and technology to speed up your job search; networking opportunities with other job seekers; and workshops to enhance your job search skills.

Our Employment Resource Centre and Youth Job Centre provide a free self-help resource environment with tools and support for job seekers, including access to computers, telephones, faxes etc. Employment consultants at our Job Search Coaching Centre provide free one-on-one and group assistance for job searches.

Immigrant Services also provides hundreds of newcomers with an opportunity to gain work experience as volunteers directly in the community and through WoodGreen’s many programs. Our ESL Café supports English conversation forums to enhance conversation skills. We have also developed a successful Peer Learning Group where newcomers are trained to lead settlement discussions with other newcomers in a group.

Along with our number of social and networking activities, we helped nearly 12,000 newcomers last year alone. Let us help you too! To find out more about WoodGreen, or to access our services, call us at (416) 462-3110, visit our website at WoodGreen.org or drop by one of our convenient locations – at 815 Danforth Avenue or 1080 Queen Street East.

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