On October 10, 2019, Progress Place had 3 reasons to celebrate – Its 35th Anniversary, World Mental Health Day and Brenda Singer, founding director receives the Order of Canada. Over 300 guests attended this auspicious event. Besides Councillor Kristen Wong Tam, and Suze Morrison (NDP), our agency partners, collaborators, family members, friends, neighbors, board members, members and staff of Progress Place packed the beautifully decorated Cafe Unit. Mayor John Tory, who was away and could not attend, sent special greetings and good wishes for this event.
For over 35 years, Progress Place has been a recognized leader in psychosocial rehabilitation throughout Canada and the international Clubhouse community. Since 1983, Progress Place has been instrumental in leading the recovery model with its innovative and high-impact initiatives. Progress Placed opened in 1976 as a part-time drop-in centre in North York, one of Ontario’s first community mental health programs developed in response to the closure of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital.
“Progress Place has given me structure in my life. There is always something to do here which allows me to focus on productive things. This is an important part of my recovery.” – Client
In 2012 Progress Place launched The St. James Town Mental Health Day Program in collaboration with Fred Victor, Hospice Toronto, Dixon Hall and Toronto Public Health to support seniors (55+)living with mental illness and addictions. Based on a recovery model with integrated services the goal of the program is to outreach and engage older adults to decrease social isolation, support healthy aging at home and improve access to health care. The program is offered 3 days a week at The Corner.