ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Friends In Toronto (F.I.T) Community Service is a charitable organization with a mission to inspire and empower communities to break the cycle of poverty.

We provide crucial services to children, youth, women and seniors across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  Our commitment is to those most impacted by poverty, violence and unemployment.

We aim to create FIT communities:

Focused – Designing programs and services that are strategically focused on addressing the real issues impacting families.  Working with communities to address the issues most important to them

Involved – Our strategy is to engage those most vulnerable to poverty, crime and violence by being present in the communities we service and engaging participants actively in various program areas and levels within the charity.

Transformed – Recognizing the assets and skills of our participants and residents and providing them an opportunity to utilize those skills to help transform their living circumstances.

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OUR JOURNEY

Friends In Toronto Community Service (F.I.T) has provided programs and services to marginalized communities for over a decade.  Working with families, children and youth to create a sense of hope, purpose and direction in their lives.

The organization began as a small group of community residents who were concerned with the growing levels of violence, crime, poverty and its impact within their community, Jane – Finch and The Greater Toronto Area.

Recognizing that in the communities most affected by poverty there were high levels of crime and violence; unemployment, Poor educational outcomes and a lack of community engagement.  F.I.T began to engage other residents around the issues of Youth Engagement, Education and Building Community Capacity.   We developed a strong resident led philosophy and began to mobilize across the community, focusing on the importance of residents having a platform to be the narrator of their own stories and participants in creating solutions.  F.I.T. grew from a group 7 to a coalition of over 65, including community organizations, stakeholders and educational institutions such as York University.

Through our strong community engagement strategy,  FIT became the first organization within the York – West , Jane – Finch community that was able to bring together  gang involved youth  for a Mediation  Conference, to strategize for  safer communities.   This was a success for FIT, and led to the development of a strong youth engagement policy, which we would later utilize to train local community groups and organizations.

The organization incorporated in 2004 with a mission to inspire and empower people through programs that focus on leadership, education, recreation and community building.

Today FIT Community Service provides a variety of programs designed to build skills and restore hope within communities most impacted by poverty.

OUR MISSION

To inspire and empower people to break the cycle of poverty

Our Vision

Creating communities in which individuals are empowered as leaders, breaking the cycle of poverty through education, empowerment and community engagement.

Our Mandate

  • Community development & Capacity-building
  • Community safety & Healing
  • To provide educational, cultural, recreational, and social development programming for children, youth, adults and families affected by poverty
  • To provide opportunities for youth empowerment and civic engagement

Our Values

Quality: We are committed to excellence in all our programs and services.
Respect: We deal with all individuals in a fair, honest, and respectful manner.
Possibility: We believe in the capacity of people to overcome life’s challenges.
Diversity: We respond to diversity in the community through our commitment to provide services that recognize and respect our differences.
Accountability: We uphold the public’s trust through responsible management of our resources and a commitment to social justice.

OUR FOCUS

BREAKING THE CYCLE of POVERTY

Research shows that there are approximately 1 in 10 Canadians, including 1 in10 children and 1 in 4 First Nations children living in poverty.

http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2010EnglishC2000NationalReportCard.pdf

The World Health Organization has declared poverty as the single largest determinant of health.

The effects of poverty are far reaching, and touch all people in society.  Evidencetells us that the effects of poverty and inequality cause worse social and health outcomes for everyone in society – not just those at the bottom.

This means that as a society, not only are we paying for poverty in actual numbers, but there is also a cost to the wellbeing of the community as a whole as well.

Many people cannot understand what it’s like to live in Canada and experience Poverty, so at FIT we worked with our participants to create understanding of how poverty is affecting our community.

WHAT POVERTY LOOKS LIKE:

HOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Our success story

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