North York's New Circles helps newcomers adjust with Warm Welcomes

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Starting a new life in a foreign country can be daunting.

But, one North York-based organization is hoping to make the transition a little less stressful, through its many programs and services aimed at newcomers and refugees, including Warm Welcomes.

New Circles, which focuses its services on residents in the Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, Victoria Village and Taylor-Massey (Crescent Town) areas, primarily runs a new and gently-used clothing program for men, women and children.

Along with acting as a fundraiser for the Victoria Park and Eglinton avenues organization, the Warm Welcomes gift catalogue offers a wide selection of practical items to assist new residents as they start their lives in the city.

Warm Welcomes donation suggestions include $100 for coats, hats, gloves, scarves and footwear for a family, which supports New Circles’ winter clothing program; $75 for TTC fare for 12 weeks; $50 to outfit a teen in a suit or dress, along with footwear and accessories, for their prom; $25 for kids’ clothing and a backpack full of school supplies; and $10 for a comfort kit of basic necessities such as socks, underwear and toiletries.

Individuals can browse through the online catalogue and choose gifts, which represent programs delivered by New Circles.

“It’s a really great opportunity to give an impactful, meaningful gift,” said Andrea McGavin, co-ordinator of donor engagement and communication for New Circles. “We see a lot of people arrive from the shelter system with the clothes on their backs and that’s it. They’re from Syria, but also from all over the world. This is a good way to extend a warm welcome into the community.”

One of the most well-known programs run out of New Circles is Gently Loved Outfits to Wear (GLOW), a clothing bank for low-income residents in its catchment area. GLOW typically serves 8,000 clients from November to February. A call-out for winter items is typically issued this time of year, but due to overwhelming offerings, the main focus this winter is on Warm Welcomes, McGavin said.

Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the full amount of the gift donation.

For more information, visit http://newcircles.ca or call 416-422-2591.


North York's New Circles helps newcomers adjust with Warm Welcomes

Monetary donations accepted for clothing, backpacks

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Starting a new life in a foreign country can be daunting.

But, one North York-based organization is hoping to make the transition a little less stressful, through its many programs and services aimed at newcomers and refugees, including Warm Welcomes.

New Circles, which focuses its services on residents in the Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, Victoria Village and Taylor-Massey (Crescent Town) areas, primarily runs a new and gently-used clothing program for men, women and children.

Along with acting as a fundraiser for the Victoria Park and Eglinton avenues organization, the Warm Welcomes gift catalogue offers a wide selection of practical items to assist new residents as they start their lives in the city.

Warm Welcomes donation suggestions include $100 for coats, hats, gloves, scarves and footwear for a family, which supports New Circles’ winter clothing program; $75 for TTC fare for 12 weeks; $50 to outfit a teen in a suit or dress, along with footwear and accessories, for their prom; $25 for kids’ clothing and a backpack full of school supplies; and $10 for a comfort kit of basic necessities such as socks, underwear and toiletries.

Individuals can browse through the online catalogue and choose gifts, which represent programs delivered by New Circles.

“It’s a really great opportunity to give an impactful, meaningful gift,” said Andrea McGavin, co-ordinator of donor engagement and communication for New Circles. “We see a lot of people arrive from the shelter system with the clothes on their backs and that’s it. They’re from Syria, but also from all over the world. This is a good way to extend a warm welcome into the community.”

One of the most well-known programs run out of New Circles is Gently Loved Outfits to Wear (GLOW), a clothing bank for low-income residents in its catchment area. GLOW typically serves 8,000 clients from November to February. A call-out for winter items is typically issued this time of year, but due to overwhelming offerings, the main focus this winter is on Warm Welcomes, McGavin said.

Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the full amount of the gift donation.

For more information, visit http://newcircles.ca or call 416-422-2591.


North York's New Circles helps newcomers adjust with Warm Welcomes

Monetary donations accepted for clothing, backpacks

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Starting a new life in a foreign country can be daunting.

But, one North York-based organization is hoping to make the transition a little less stressful, through its many programs and services aimed at newcomers and refugees, including Warm Welcomes.

New Circles, which focuses its services on residents in the Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, Victoria Village and Taylor-Massey (Crescent Town) areas, primarily runs a new and gently-used clothing program for men, women and children.

Along with acting as a fundraiser for the Victoria Park and Eglinton avenues organization, the Warm Welcomes gift catalogue offers a wide selection of practical items to assist new residents as they start their lives in the city.

Warm Welcomes donation suggestions include $100 for coats, hats, gloves, scarves and footwear for a family, which supports New Circles’ winter clothing program; $75 for TTC fare for 12 weeks; $50 to outfit a teen in a suit or dress, along with footwear and accessories, for their prom; $25 for kids’ clothing and a backpack full of school supplies; and $10 for a comfort kit of basic necessities such as socks, underwear and toiletries.

Individuals can browse through the online catalogue and choose gifts, which represent programs delivered by New Circles.

“It’s a really great opportunity to give an impactful, meaningful gift,” said Andrea McGavin, co-ordinator of donor engagement and communication for New Circles. “We see a lot of people arrive from the shelter system with the clothes on their backs and that’s it. They’re from Syria, but also from all over the world. This is a good way to extend a warm welcome into the community.”

One of the most well-known programs run out of New Circles is Gently Loved Outfits to Wear (GLOW), a clothing bank for low-income residents in its catchment area. GLOW typically serves 8,000 clients from November to February. A call-out for winter items is typically issued this time of year, but due to overwhelming offerings, the main focus this winter is on Warm Welcomes, McGavin said.

Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the full amount of the gift donation.

For more information, visit http://newcircles.ca or call 416-422-2591.