Who We Are
Weston King Neighbourhood Centre provides essential support for some of the most marginalized and vulnerable people of this community, by providing a safe and comfortable space where each person is recognized, acknowledged and encouraged, where people can be empowered to move in the direction they choose.
Weston King Neighbourhood Centre’s drop-in is a program by the members of the Weston community for the fellow members of their community. By providing meals, clothing, laundry facilities and referrals to housing and health supports, it aims to meet the basic needs of the program participants, while workshops, exercise programs, computers and entertainment meet other needs. This concept of meeting needs is central to our philosophy and guides the choices of programs offered. By reducing the stress of coping with poverty, we aim to reduce overall costs to society and build a stronger community.
Programs and Services
Snacks, breakfast and lunch, clothing, personal hygiene items, showers and laundry facilities, are all offered free of charge. People who drop by also have access to newspapers, local housing lists, telephones, fax machine, photocopier, internet and assistance in filling in forms. Transportation assistance is provided to help get to appointments. We have an Emergency Food Cupboard supplied through donations to help when money is exceptionally tight and regular supports are inaccessible or unavailable. On Tuesdays, we partner with Central United Church in the provision of a community meal that serves up to 80 weekly.
We Provide Satellite Services
Through partnerships, we offer housing support such as assistance in finding shelter space and housing, housing follow-up, eviction prevention, etc. We also offer harm reduction services through partners to promote safe drug use and sexual health. This includes outreach on the local streets and to bars and other businesses that pass on the condoms and safe crack kits. We also offer in-house services, including needle exchange Replacement ID, employment support and services, informal counseling, detox facilities, newcomer services, etc., all of which can all be reached through the office referrals. A monthly calendar is produced giving locations for service contacts and notices are posted on the external board.