Fauzia Mazhar
Family Centre Coordinator 
Telephone # (519) 772-4399 ext. 1
Charitable # 129202842 RR0002

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Strengthening families through a community of collaboration.

Program Story

Family Centre "Community Hub"

The Community Hub project has an enormous impact on the Community Hub member organizations, on the families we serve, and on the wider Family Centre community. But the Community Hub doesn't work in isolation. It's one part of a big facility with wide ranging opportunities for families. Many people enter The Family Centre and assume it is just like a community centre. But unlike a community centre, you can't rent The Family Centre for just any event. Use of The Family Centre is more targeted: it's a place where the community can come together, a space where programming that builds on the strengths of children, youth, and families can happen. The Family Centre has in-house partners. Family and Children's Services bring their programs, such as Make the Connection, aimed to build the confidence and skills of kids and parents through our doors, and activities such as Camp Ugottago, a camp for kids in care that runs through the summer, March Break, and over the Christmas holidays. The Me to We...Going Local group meet regularly to make their community a better place through volunteering. The students at Blairview School benefit from new facilities, small classes, a big gym, and dedicated staff. The Alliance for Children and Youth brings dozens of child and youth serving organizations together to collaborate around the wellbeing of kids. Children who need therapy to address physical, developmental or communication challenges, find a helping hand at KidsAbility. Services will soon expand to include a centre for autism programming. And now our Community Hub brings a range of small social profit (non-profit) organizations into our community, including World Wide Opportunities for Women, Muslim Social Services, the Hummingbird Centre for Hope, and Bereaved Families of Ontario. Over 50 local organizations and community groups have rented space within The Family Centre, be it for the Youth and Elder Aboriginal Conference, or the United Way to provide support to member agencies. Kids with the Sports for Special Athletes program hone their basketball skills in our gym, as do kids building confidence and strength while learning the martial art of Aikido, while Big Brothers and Big Sisters use our centre for baking, cooking, games and fun. Beyond rentals we have some strategic partnerships where we provide the space and a community partner provides a resource. That's why twenty 4-year-olds are developing early literacy and classroom behaviour skills months before they kindergarten through the Get Ready for School Program, giving them a head start. It's also why newcomers find a full range of supports through their YMCA Settlement Workers who visit The Family Centre twice a week. And it's why over a dozen youth have translated their experience coming to Canada as refugees into art by painting a mural on our walls. At The Family Centre, when it comes to building stronger families in Waterloo Region, we're simply "Better Together."

Donation Impact

  • A gift of $115 will subsidize one organization's workstation for one month in the Community Hub
  • A gift of $50 will pay for one Community Hub member to book a group counselling room for 5 hours
  • A donation of any amount to our Capital Campaign will get us one step closer to retiring our debt on The Family Centre, and let us focus on what is most important - building healthier, stronger families

Giving Opportunity

Volunteering: Do you have a skill you can share with an emerging non-profit organization, such as accounting, web design, graphic design, or social media? We are seeking skilled individuals who are willing to give their time to help build the capacity of our Community Hub partners. Donations: The Family Centre is seeking financial support, both for our Capital Campaign and for programming. The Family Centre was made possible through federal and provincial stimulus funding, as well as through a capital campaign. While the community has been very generous, that capital campaign continues. We hope that by providing examples of innovative and important opportunities like the Community Hub, we can encourage greater generosity so that we can retire our debt. You can also donate to support Family Centre programming such as the Community Hub. This is a way to focus your donation to help us support our community and build stronger, healthier families.