Bringing the Community Door to the Region of Peel is the result of dedicated advocates working to bring together the people, places and passion required to deliver our vision of centralized social services.

CollaborationCaringInitially, the United Way of Peel Region brought the concept of a "Human Services Centre" to Peel Region. The concept of a shared-space social services location was already in operation in various Canadian cities, to great success, but had not yet flourished in Southern Ontario.

An investigation in 2008 found that many not-for-profit agencies struggled to find, and keep, suitable space for their operations and would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded organizations.

The benefits of the concept were clear: Member agencies would gain support through the sharing of space, and in some cases vital resources like administration and information technology. This would reduce costs so that budgets could be channeled directly into social service provision. Clients would benefit from improved access to community services through a single location, as well as easy access to additional services at the same site or through referral.

CompassionCompetence

Over a period of 18 months, 22 member not-for-profit agencies pledged to support the concept, and Community Door became a reality. Operating under the direction of 7 Board of Directors comprised of representatives from local social service organizations and supporters, the needs of member agency were assessed, locations for Community Door facilities were surveyed, and governance and structure was established for this innovative partnership.

 

 

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