Crisis Line phone numbers: 

Distress Centres of Greater Toronto: 416- 408- 4357 ( 24 hours)

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape 416 597 8808 ( 24-Hour Crisis Line)

Gerstein Centre : 416 929-5200 ( 24-Hour Crisis Line)

Mindbeacon is free to Ontario residents:

  • It is available on any web-enabled device you prefer
  • No worry about appointments to make or keep
  • Available whenever and wherever you are

Grief Counselling through CAMH

Financial Toolkit from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

Your Financial Toolkit from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.  Your Financial Toolkit is divided into 12 modules, each focusing on a different financial topic. In addition to the basic information, the modules contain tools to help you practice the financial skills and apply the information to your own life. The tools include videos, interactive worksheets, calculators, quizzes, questionnaires and case studies. Most worksheets are available as downloadable PDFs so you can save your templates on your computer and build your own financial toolkit.

At the end of each module, you’ll find an action plan. This is a tool that you can use to track your progress and take the next steps to apply the concepts you learned. All modules also provide additional resources for more information.

All of the information and tools are available free of charge in both French and English. Access the program here:

Up With Women

Courage in Action and Up With Women have created a referral arrangement to provide the women we serve access to one-on-one customized coaching for recently homeless or low income women and non binary folks to build a sustainable pathway out of poverty.

Their program is a year-long intensive program of career and entrepreneurship-based one-on-one customized coaching, in-depth personality and emotional assessment tools, group-support sessions, and soft-skills development. They partner clients with International Coach Federation certified professional coaches for twice monthly career coaching. All coaches are trained to understand the specific challenges women face in deep poverty and homelessness face and provide their services at pro-bono, thereby allowing Up With Women to deliver high quality service at no cost to the clients.

Coaching vs. Mentoring

Their program has been designed highly skilled, senior leaders, university professors, career and coaching experts. Unlike a mentoring program where a professional volunteers their time to guide someone according to how they would themselves pursue a path, certified coaches are trained to help the client to discover their own unique strengths and challenges and work in partnership with their client to strategically develop a personalized path forward, with the goal of getting out of the cycle of poverty for good.

If you would like to find out more please use their contact form: or email

FREE- One Hour Zoom Sessions

Join JAYNE AND MONIKA of Lark Coaching on Fridays at 12:30 pm. These events are especially designed to help participants thrive during current pandemic times.

Learn more and register at


Scarborough Women’s Centre

Our mission: Scarborough Women’s Centre empowers women to become economically and emotionally independent for future success and to strengthen their local communities, free from violence.  The Centre delivers programs and services to promote positive change for women in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Our vision: Empowering diverse women for brighter futures.

All of our services are free.  While referrals are welcome, participation is voluntary.

You are not alone. We are here to help.  Learn the tools and tips you need to move forward in your life!

For more information visit:

Women at the CentrE

“WomenatthecentrE is a survivor-led organization that works to eradicate gender-based violence through community-based research, education, peer support, advocacy, and policy reform.”  Below are the 4 areas they support:

Membership program: a free peer network that fosters community connection and collective healing, and also offers opportunities to engage in advocacy efforts.

To register, members can complete our sign up form online ( or call the following extensions

Michelle Rolfe: 416-964-0892 ext. 712

Nicole Fontyn-Taylor: 416-964-0892 ext. 707

Diamond Antwi-Mansah: 416-964-0892 ext. 710

Counselling Program (C6) – a brief overview of the style and framework is on our website:

C6 Peer Counselling Program is a free 6-week peer-based counselling program for survivors of gender-based violence. This program focuses on six themes which include: Context, Consequence, Communication, Care, Control and Culture.

Transformative Justice & Accountability Initiative (TAJI):an alternative model of justice and support for sexual violence survivors.

WomenatthecentrE developed the Transformative Accountability & Justice Initiative using research conducted with survivors of sexual violence on their experiences in the legal system in Ontario. If you would like to learn more about our initiative please contact our Project Coordinator, Alison Morrison, at

Human TraffickingProject: Embedding Resilience & Grounding Resistance

One project we did not discuss during our meeting yesterday was our Human Trafficking Project. We recently received funding for our Human Trafficking project titled “Embedding Resilience & Grounding Resistance: Centring Trafficking Survivors for Transformative Change”. If anyone has any questions regarding this project, we kindly ask that they connect with our Project Coordinator, Gracia Younes, at

For more information visit:

Career Planning – Times Change Program

Times Change’s popular daytime Career Planning Workshop is now offered online. This workshop is designed for women who are unclear about their career direction or thinking about making a change. The workshop includes 9 online sessions (via Zoom) once a week (currently on Thursdays) from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The dates for the upcoming workshop are:

During this online eight-week (one session per week) workshop, participants will:
• Identify skills, interests and values through self-assessment activities
• Explore and research possible occupations in a virtual group setting
• Research and understand the changing labour market
• Learn how to make a sound career decision
• Develop an action plan based on realizable goals
• Contribute a $30 materials fee (plus $2.84 admin fee) for the Career Planning Workbook (covered if needed)

This Career Planning Workshop is open to women who are unemployed or working less than an average of 20 hours per week. Clients must provide their Social Insurance Number at the time of registration.

If you are working more than 20 hours a week but you are interested in this workshop, you may consider: our evening Career Advancement and Mentorship or our individual counselling through the  Career Exploration for Women (CEW) program.

Please have a look at the workshop description (below and on our web site ), and if you’re interested, apply here:
Career Planning Workshop