Women's Day Program
Q: Many women use the Women’s Day Program. What do a young transgendered woman and an elderly woman, recently from China, have in common?
Poverty has many faces. Both transgendered women and elderly Asian women living in Canada struggle with the vulnerability and powerlessness that comes from poverty. Fred Victor’s Women’s Day Program advocates for these women.
If you are poor, finding other women who understand your needs can make a huge difference.
And it makes an even greater difference if some of those needs can be met. The Women’s Day Program provides women with much more than meals, clothing and other basics. “For a lot of the people we serve, this is their only way to access information about services they need,” says program manager Michelle Taylor.
There are four ongoing groups at the Women’s Day Program:
- Seniors 101 is a peer-based support and education group for women over 50 who have little or no financial resources and who are experiencing ill-health related to aging
- Common Ground is a theme-based English as a Second Language program offered twice a week at beginning and intermediate levels
- Phoenix Group is a support and educational group for survivors of domestic violence
- T-Girls is a support and educational group for transsexual and transgendered women.
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The core of the Women’s Day Program is:
- informal counselling
- information and referrals for housing and shelter, detox, mental health and medical services, income support, legal advice and food access
- nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack programs
- a clothing room
- shower and laundry facilities
- first aid and hygiene supplies
- ‘The Works’, a medical testing and inoculation service run by the City of Toronto’s Public Health Department
- arts and craft activities
- organized trips and outings