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The Journey at Ardglen


The Journey 1st Anniversary

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Our Story

The communities of Ardglen and Orenda, are challenged communities within Brampton.  In May 2012, Pastor Jamie Holton, from North Bramalea United Church (NBUC), toured the Ardglen community.  That experience moved him to start a community outreach.  Then on January 23, 2013 Kesean Williams was shot and killed in his living room as he sat in front of the TV.  The unit in which he lived is just meters away from the front door of The Journey.  That event became the catalyst for NBUC to move from visiting the neighbourhood to moving into the neighbourhood.  As a result, The Journey was established and opened on November 21, 2013.

Our Vision

The Journey exists to transform the Ardglen/Orenda communities by bringing hope to its residents and helping children, youth and families to take positive steps in their lives.  This vision is realized by:

  • Running a variety of programs
  • Upgrading and renewal of the properties
  • Advocating with the landlord

Collaboration

The Journey is a collaborative partnership with the residents of Ardglen/Orenda, Brampton Safe City, Community-in-Action Committee, Queen Kennedy Neighbourhood Team, Habitat for Humanity and North Bramalea United Church.  The Journey receives funding from multiple sources including the United Way, Presbyteries of Toronto Conference, Ontario Trillium Foundation and NBUC. 

What We Are Doing

The Journey has started with a number of programs aimed at children and families.  These have included: a homework club; Kidzone; group violin lessons; community potlucks; cooking classes; painting apartment units; summer day camp; parenting classes and special events and trips.  And, this is just the start of programming that is aimed at transforming the community.

Get Involved

There are always lots of events and programs at The Journey.  We would love to have you come out and sign up with us.  Come by, pick up a calendar of events, call us or email us for more information.

How You Can Help!

There are a number of ways that you can assist The Journey:

Contact Information

Steve Allin, Part time Executive Director - steveallin01@gmail.com

Kevin Birmingham, Manager – thejourney.kevin@gmail.com

Barbara-Anne, Community Development Facilitator – thejourney.babs@gmail.com

Nicola Marr, Community Service Worker – thejourney.nicola@gmail.com

The Journey Neighbourhood Centre - www.thejourneyneighbourhoodcentre.ca

 

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