Elizabeth Fry Toronto

Elizabeth Fry Toronto We are the only social service agency in Toronto with a specific mandate to provide programs and services for and about women in conflict with the law.
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Elizabeth Fry Toronto, established in 1952, serves women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the criminal justice system. We provide transitional housing and community supports that are:

Women-centred: ensuring women and girls receive services and supports that respect their social, economic, physical and cultural realities and based on the assumption that women know their own realities best and are best served by models that acknowledges women’s differences from men. Gender-responsive: creating service models that reflect an understanding of the realities of the lives of women and girls and address and respond to their strengths and challenges. Anti-oppressive: implementing practices that acknowledge repression in societies, economies, cultures and groups and seeking to remove or negate the influence of such repression.

Operating as usual

Our third blog is live!! Our Executive Director, Kelly Potvin has written a touching, personal essay on prison abolition...
03/25/2021

Our third blog is live!! Our Executive Director, Kelly Potvin has written a touching, personal essay on prison abolition and her experiences as a survivor of violence.

"The prison system is a violent solution to a violent problem. I believe we can and need to do better. As a survivor I know this because I lived this experience"

Click this link https://www.efrytoronto.org/post/i-am-a-prison-abolitionist
or visit our website to read what she has to say!

#efrytoronto #thirdblog #prisonabolition #iamanabolitionist

Many people who have been s*xually assaulted have not reported it to the police because they 'think that they will not b...
03/24/2021

Many people who have been s*xually assaulted have not reported it to the police because they 'think that they will not be believed, they feel ashamed or embarrassed, they do not know they could report the abuse, and they have no family support'. #efrytoronto #teachingtuesday

Do you have a business idea? Our My Start-Up program might be the push you were looking for to start your own business. ...
03/23/2021
Elizabeth Fry Toronto | Supporting Women since 1952

Do you have a business idea? Our My Start-Up program might be the push you were looking for to start your own business. My Start-Up is a entrepreneur training and support program for women.

Visit our website today to sign up and learn more! Fill out our expression of interest form and you will be contacted before the next cohort start date.

#bosswomen #mystartup #efrytoronto #entrepreneur #womeninbusiness #businessidea

Elizabeth Fry - Toronto was established in 1952 and provides Toronto women with transitional support services like housing, employment and counselling at a time when they are vulnerable.

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The United Nations aims to 'foster a global cul...
03/22/2021

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The United Nations aims to 'foster a global culture of tolerance, equality and anti-discrimination and calls on each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes' #internationaldayfortheeliminationofracialdiscrimination #march212021

It’s a bitter sweet moment for us at E Fry Toronto to say goodbye to very own Gracie Post as she gets ready for retireme...
03/19/2021

It’s a bitter sweet moment for us at E Fry Toronto to say goodbye to very own Gracie Post as she gets ready for retirement! Gracie has worked with us for more than 14 years, and is currently a Counsellor in our United Way funded programs. During her time with us, Gracie has held various positions including: Housing Counsellor, Housing Coordinator, Healing From Abuse Counsellor, and now a Community General Counsellor.
She has seen us change and grow as an organization, has been moved between different teams, and has shown grace and humour through it all. She holds a considerable amount of institutional knowledge, but the thing she will be the most known for is her ability to connect with our clients, regardless of what state they are in. Her hard work and diligence has greatly benefited her clients who make a point to call or send an email to tell us how great she is.
While you will be missed, you certainly deserve your retirement. We wish you the best in the future and hope you have a fun and fruitful retirement Gracie!

We are hosting another My Start-Up guest speaker event on Wednesday on March 24th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. This event is open...
03/19/2021

We are hosting another My Start-Up guest speaker event on Wednesday on March 24th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. This event is open to all past participants of the My Start-Up program. Get to learn more about Sunshine Tenasco and her business ventures. If you are interested in attending please email [email protected] for more details. #efrytoronto #guestspeaker #mystartup #entrepreneurs #womeninbusiness

Our second blog is live! In collaboration with PASAN, OAHAS  and Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society we have been operat...
03/17/2021

Our second blog is live! In collaboration with PASAN, OAHAS and Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society we have been operating an outreach van. Check out our blog to learn more about this project and the needs we are trying to address. https://www.efrytoronto.org/blog

Thank you United Way Greater Toronto for the Emergency Community Support Funding to make this happen!
#efrytoronto #mobileoutreach #BIPOCcommunityneeds #COVID19impact

Studies show that women with low income tend to move outside of the city to save on the cost of rent. This can be proble...
03/17/2021

Studies show that women with low income tend to move outside of the city to save on the cost of rent. This can be problematic because it is harder to access adequate and equitable health services. This is especially true for BIPOC women who have a hard time finding a doctor that speaks their language or is culturally sensitive. #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #accessiblehealthcare #basicneeds

Having economic stability is important for women and their children's well being and safety. Women living in poverty are...
03/10/2021

Having economic stability is important for women and their children's well being and safety. Women living in poverty are more vulnerable to domestic violence and living in precarious situations that can be dangerous. If we invest in women and ensure they have access to decent work at a livable wage it will get us closer to gender equality. #efrytoronto #teachingtuesday #feminizationofpoverty

Happy International Women's Day! Today is a day to celebrate women's achievements, increase visibility and call out ineq...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women's Day! Today is a day to celebrate women's achievements, increase visibility and call out inequality.

Don't forget to register for our #IWD2021 event today taking place from 4pm-6pm online. We have partnered with several organizations to celebrate 'Stories of Resilience During COVID-19'. Along with the panel discussion we will have several performances from women in the community.

Click the link below to register today, registration ends at 2pm.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-womens-day-celebration-stories-of-resilience-during-covid19-tickets-141297429415

#efrytoronto #Internationalwomensday2021 #choosetochallenge

Next week Wednesday we will be hosting an online Chill & Chat session for past My Start-Up participants from 5:30pm-7:00...
03/03/2021

Next week Wednesday we will be hosting an online Chill & Chat session for past My Start-Up participants from 5:30pm-7:00pm. If you are interested please email our Employment Coordinator at [email protected] #mystartup #chillandchat #womeninbusiness

Women continue to hold fewer political and professional leadership roles. Having more women in leadership roles will inf...
03/03/2021

Women continue to hold fewer political and professional leadership roles. Having more women in leadership roles will influence high level decision making that will in turn improve gender equality. #efrytoronto #teachingtuesday #genderequity

We are hiring a General Counsellor! This position is a long term contract and considered full-time so you will receive b...
03/02/2021

We are hiring a General Counsellor! This position is a long term contract and considered full-time so you will receive benefits. Visit our website, click ‘get involved’ then ‘student placement and careers’ if this job sounds of interest to you! Apply today, deadline March 19th. #efrytoronto #jobopening #careeropportunities #generalcounsellor

We are proud to partner with @StrikeUPCanada, a FREE virtual conference happening March 4th, 2021, supported by @FedDevO...
03/01/2021

We are proud to partner with @StrikeUPCanada, a FREE virtual conference happening March 4th, 2021, supported by @FedDevOntario.

This conference is all about supporting women entrepreneurs. Join us as we learn from globally-renowned Canadian women leaders and network to help lead Canada’s economic recovery. Let's put #women #womxn #entrepreneurs at the forefront.

Make 2021 YOUR Year!

Visit https://www.strikeup.ca/ to register, and share this link with other women entrepreneurs in your circle!

#strikeup2021 #womenentrepreneur #womeninbusiness #womensupportingwomen #growthmindset #northumberlandCFD

We have partnered with several organizations to bring you this incredible online event to celebrate International Women’...
02/26/2021

We have partnered with several organizations to bring you this incredible online event to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th from 4pm-6pm. There will be a panel discussion revolving around the theme ‘Stories of Resilience During COVID-19’, along with two spoken word performances, Indian classical dance and songs composed by youth in the community. Click this link https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-womens-day-celebration-stories-of-resilience-during-covid19-tickets-141297429415 to RSVP! #IWD2021 #storiesofresilience #efrytoronto

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02/24/2021

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Black youth in Ontario are more likely to be pushed out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system. This refe...
02/24/2021

Black youth in Ontario are more likely to be pushed out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system. This refers to the phrase 'school-to-prison pipeline' where students are criminalized by racially based school disciplinary policies. Black students are more likely to have police intervention at school compared to other youth which increases the likelihood that they will interact with the criminal justice system at a later time. #efrytoronto #teachingtuesday #bhmfacts #supportblackyouth

We are currently hiring for two positions! A TREM Counsellor and a Human Resources Coordinator. Visit our website to lea...
02/22/2021

We are currently hiring for two positions! A TREM Counsellor and a Human Resources Coordinator. Visit our website to learn more and apply today! Click ‘get involved’ then ‘student placement & careers’ to see the full job postings. #efrytoronto #careeropportunities #TREM #HR

Today is World Day of Social Justice, a day to fight against social injustice and to remove barriers regarding gender, a...
02/20/2021

Today is World Day of Social Justice, a day to fight against social injustice and to remove barriers regarding gender, age, race, s*x, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. “This year's commemoration supports efforts by the international community to search for solutions to achieve sustainable development, poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, universal social protection, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all”. #efrytoronto #socialjustice #unitednations

We are hosting another guest speaker event next week Wednesday on February 24th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. This event is open t...
02/18/2021

We are hosting another guest speaker event next week Wednesday on February 24th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. This event is open to all past participants of the My Start-Up program. If you are interested in attending please email [email protected] for more details. #efrytoronto #chillandchat #mystartup #entrepreneurs

Toronto’s shelters for survivors of violence are joining together to launch the #stillhereTO campaign. The Violence Agai...
02/17/2021
Still Here TO - We Are Here For You

Toronto’s shelters for survivors of violence are joining together to launch the #stillhereTO campaign. The Violence Against Women Network, VAWN, through the #stillhereTO campaign, wants people to know that shelters and other support services for survivors of violence are not closed. If somebody in your home has you feeling trapped or afraid or unsafe: shelters and support across the city are still open and are still safe.

Shelters for survivors of violence are not closed. We are open. And we are a safe place for you to turn.

Though lone parenthood is one of the reasons why children from Black families have low income status, racism and discrim...
02/16/2021

Though lone parenthood is one of the reasons why children from Black families have low income status, racism and discrimination also influence it. Racism and discrimination often impact educational trajectories and the gaps in employment rates. #teachingtuesday #bhmfeature #efrytoronto

Black women are disproportionately impacted by HIV locally and globally. This is not because they participate in more ri...
02/10/2021

Black women are disproportionately impacted by HIV locally and globally. This is not because they participate in more risky behaviours compared to other groups. It is due to systemic racism, poverty, stigma and lack of access to heath care. #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #bhmfacts

We have officially transitioned from creating newsletters to having a blog. Our new blog is now live and we can't wait f...
02/08/2021

We have officially transitioned from creating newsletters to having a blog. Our new blog is now live and we can't wait for you to read it. Learn how E Fry Toronto wrapped up the second half of 2020 during a pandemic Visit our website and check out our new blog today! https://www.efrytoronto.org/blog

#efrytoronto #newblog #newpost #covid19

Check out the findings from our first year of the TREM program! TREM brought together a diverse group of women who suppo...
02/03/2021

Check out the findings from our first year of the TREM program! TREM brought together a diverse group of women who supported and empowered one another throughout the 25 weeks. One woman said " TREM was like an anchor for me in my recovery [...] I wouldn’t have been able to survive during this pandemic if I didn’t have five months of TREM under my belt.” Click this link to read the evaluation: https://ee19e6f1-4de4-4472-959c-8541aefa6d31.filesusr.com/ugd/0b6392_e0bfdde3ee9b4f898aa55020fee35a2a.pdf

#efrytoronto #TREM #year1 #TREMevaluation

One of the most common places people of colour face discrimination is at work. It is sometimes in the form of subtle, in...
02/03/2021

One of the most common places people of colour face discrimination is at work. It is sometimes in the form of subtle, insensitive comments, microaggressions or assumptions. A recent study said that there are much deeper, insidious aspects of racism that go beyond person-to-person interactions, like structural racism. It’s important to ask whether people of colour are being promoted or receive the same pay as their co-workers for the same work. #efrytoronto #teachingtuesday

Today marks the first day of Black History Month. Black History Month provides an opportunity to share and learn about t...
02/01/2021

Today marks the first day of Black History Month. Black History Month provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of black folks. In 2020 we saw a big rise in social activism and conversations about anti-black racism, the conversation doesn't stop there. This month we will be sharing resources, black-led events and other important things happening in the community that support black history and people. Stayed tuned and pay attention to our Facebook stories!! #blackhistorymonth #efrytoronto

Some people are more vulnerable to the mental health impacts of COVID-19 than others. A recent CAMH study found that wom...
01/26/2021

Some people are more vulnerable to the mental health impacts of COVID-19 than others. A recent CAMH study found that women, people who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic, those worried about their personal finances, people with children at home, and young people are more likely than others to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression during the pandemic. #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #covid19impact

Are you a past participant of our My Start Up program? Well, we are hosting an online event just for you on Wednesday Ja...
01/20/2021

Are you a past participant of our My Start Up program? Well, we are hosting an online event just for you on Wednesday January 27th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Our guest speaker Scarlett while be discussing how she switched her business to an online platform. If you are interested and want to sign up for this event contact [email protected]! #mystartup #guestspeakerevent #entrepreneurship #bosswomen #efrytoronto

A new report by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee has outlined how supportive housing in ...
01/19/2021

A new report by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee has outlined how supportive housing in Ontario could more effectively meet the needs of justice-involved individuals and reduce strain on the health and justice systems. Details: https://bit.ly/3oD164m #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #abolitionnow

Our My Start-Up program might be the push you were looking for to start your own business. Visit our website today to si...
01/13/2021

Our My Start-Up program might be the push you were looking for to start your own business. Visit our website today to sign up and learn more! Our next cohort starts February 1st so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to explore your business idea further. #bosswomen #womeninbusiness #entrepreneurship #efrytoronto #mystartup

People who are incarcerated do not have adequate access to masks or cleaning and hygiene supplies. This makes it difficu...
01/12/2021

People who are incarcerated do not have adequate access to masks or cleaning and hygiene supplies. This makes it difficult to minimize the spread, especially in prisons where there is limited space to socially distance. #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #covid19

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