2012 Projects supported by Women Gaining Ground
Women Moving Forward
Women Moving Forward is an award-winning poverty reduction program for sole-support mothers ages 20 to 29, who are recipients of government assistance. Located in Toronto’s Jane-Finch community, the program supports women as they discover who they are, what skills they possess and what career they are passionate about.
Watch a video highlighting Women Gaining Ground member and volunteer Susan Chinery and her mentorship of young sole-support mothers taking part in a Women Moving Forward workshop.
Jessie’s Centre for Young Women
Jessie’s Centre for Young Women provides supports to teenage mothers ages 12 to 20. This award-winning centre offers a full range of services to pregnant teens and new moms in one central location. Jessie’s offers prenatal health care, counseling, parent relief, housing supports, a fathers group, on-site high school, and a community education program.
Interpreter Service, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s Interpreter Service operates as a social enterprise that provides free training and certification for immigrant and refugee women fleeing domestic violence. Here, women are hired on a freelance basis as Professional Language Interpreters. They offer translation services in 82 languages for women in shelters, domestic courts, hospitals, or community agencies.
The first of its kind in Canada, Homeward Bound is a four-year housing program that addresses the multiple barriers facing female-led single-parent families by bringing together and providing under one roof all the supports they need to break the cycle of poverty. Homeward Bound focuses on helping families get on the path to personal and financial independence.
Women Gaining Ground History
WGG raised $425,000
The gift has once again supported Homeward Bound and Women Moving Forward, as well as Jessie’s Centre for Young Women and Interpreter Services Toronto.
WGG raised $350,000
Our gift supported Homeward Bound again, and Women Moving Forward, an award-winning poverty reduction program for sole-support mothers, aged 20-29, who are recipients of government assistance.
WGG raised $271,000
Our gift supported Homeward Bound, a ground breaking housing program that provides under one roof a range of supports to single mothers that enables them to break the cycle of poverty, housing and child care, education, employment and personal development.
WGG raised $155,000
Our gift supported CITY Leaders, a leadership training program for young adults who are starting their career in social services.
Women Gaining Ground was founded by Martine Irman, TD Securities Inc., and Kirby Chown, McCarthy Tétrault LLP. The inaugural group of 13 women awarded the first WGG grant of $135,000 to the Youth Challenge Fund, a unique response to the issues of increased violence and lack of opportunity for youth in Toronto.