Building communities


People live and thrive in community.

Filsan’s Story


When Filsan came to Canada, she came as a woman with great hope for her and her family.  Settling in Regent Park, all Filsan could see was opportunity — her father had raised her and her siblings to be community-minded.  But the reality of settling into Canada began to take its toll as Filsan’s husband had difficulty finding employment and she was unable to find an avenue to launch her dream – to form a sewing club business.  Many years later, with the dream almost dead, Filsan connected with a YSM Community Development Worker. In a few short months, a sewing club was formed with Filsan providing the training.  This group – and the community – has thrived, growing from making small, community-based sales to developing marketable products through a partnership between YSM and OCAD University.  All of the revenue generated is put back into the business and divided amongst the women to help support their families.

The Yonge Street Mission’s Community Development program is designed to help the people in our community make positive changes.  We help them discover, develop and gain greater control over their skills and talents, which allows them to create opportunities to come together through shared interests and activities. The result is not only a more vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood, but residents become more motivated to actively participate in its growth and future.

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Other action


For YSM, ending chronic poverty in Toronto can only be achieved by intentional and coordinated action at three levels. Learn more about the other levels:

Changing lives


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Building communities


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Transforming Toronto


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