The Parkdale Activity - Recreation Centre: A community where people rebuild their lives.
The true meaning of PARC is reflected in our mission statement above.
PARC works with members on individual issues of poverty, mental health, addictions, homelessness and food security. Members access services and develop relationships with our staff and one another through four core areas of operation: a drop-in centre, a peer-support program, an outreach program and supportive housing.
The idea of PARC was born in 1977 when a group of volunteers observed the large number of adults living in Parkdale rooming houses and boarding homes. Many were survivors of the psychiatric system, had little money, few family contacts and no real place to go and connect with peers.
The simple act of walking through our doors is what makes a person a PARC member. Choosing to give back, create and grow is how PARC members contribute and help build our community.
Within a shifting urban landscape, PARC also acts as a hub and meeting place for various agencies, enterprises and partners who strive to create lasting social change in Parkdale and beyond.
PARC has been a charity since 1993
We ask that you donate to our General Fund or to one of the specific activities listed below:
02 Edmond Place, this ongoing Fund supports the programs and services provided to the 33 tenants of this supportive housing project.
03 Camp - 45 members leave the streets of Toronto behind for 4 days every summer. This camp trip is about reconnecting with nature & participating in recreational activities.
04 Holiday Programs Fund to purchase required food for Holiday meals(Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas) in the PARC Drop-In.
05 PARC Food Program - PARC serves 2 meals, 7 days a week to more than 200 individuals daily.
06 PARC is participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 14th. This year all donations will be matched.
07 The Sylvain Smeets Memorial Fund was established in his memory to support training and educational activities.
08 The PARC Coop Cred program is a food security accessibility tool created in partnership with the West End Food Coop so that PARC members can participate in the health benefits of local, organic sustainable food.
1499 QUEEN ST WEST
Contact Name:Victor Willis