Message from the Chair and President

In 2017, WoodGreen celebrated a major milestone with our 80th Anniversary!

Jasmine Tehara and Anne Babcock
Anne Babcock, President & CEO and Jasmine Tehara, Chair

As we reflect on our remarkable history creating new paths to opportunity for 37,000 people each year, we are struck by the one thing that hasn’t changed since 1937: our clients continue to be at the core of everything we do.

One of WoodGreen’s most important strengths is the ability to identify the emerging needs of vulnerable and resilient communities, and then to work quickly to develop intentional, effective and evidence-based programming to address these social challenges.

To that end, WoodGreen is launching our newest wrap-around program, Free 2 Be (Housing First for Youth Leaving Care). WoodGreen was chosen as a national demonstration site and project lead by A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and is receiving $1.2 million in funding over 2 years to launch this innovative new program delivering Housing First for Youth Leaving Care.

In the following pages, you will also read about some of our key programs and strategic partnerships that span the spectrum of social services: helping caregivers with the transition from hospital to community, newcomers settle into Toronto, young people of Afrikan descent transition into adulthood, struggling single mothers become economically self-sufficient, empowering low-income earners with financial management skills and how child care became a founding pillar of WoodGreen.

We are exceptionally proud of what we have achieved this past year. We’d like to offer our most sincere thanks and appreciation to the 750 staff and 1,000 volunteers who work tirelessly every day to serve our clients. This past year, we also put an expanded expert leadership team in place, and we know they will help us reach new heights.

Our donors have provided invaluable philanthropic support, without which we would not be able to create meaningful opportunities for change and independence for our clients.

We would also like to recognize our dedicated Board of Directors who generously volunteer their time and expertise to help WoodGreen fulfill its mission.

Happy 80th Anniversary, WoodGreen.

We are excited to see what the future holds.

Jasmine Tehara's signature
Jasmine Tehara, Chair,
WoodGreen Community Services

Anne Babcock's signature
Anne Babcock, President & CEO
WoodGreen Community Services