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Free Income Tax Clinic

Each year, Parkdale CHC hosts a free income tax clinic for low income singles and couples during the months of March and April.  This clinic is presented in partnership with St. Christopher House's Financial Advocacy Program.

Individuals or couples can book an appointment to have a community volunteer assist in the completion of your return.  All volunteers are trained by the Canada Revenue Agency.

To qualify, your total income from 2012 must be less than:

  • $30,000 - if you are single
  • $35,000 - if you are single with 1 child ($2,500 extra for each child under 18 years)
  • $40,000 - if you are a couple ($2,500 extra for each child under 18 years)

When you arrive for your appointment, please ensure you bring:

  • Receipts for all sources of income, which may include one or more of the following:
    • Income receipts (T4)
    • Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income (T4A)
    • Statement of Old Age Security (T4A OAS)
    • Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits (T4A(P))
    • Statement of Employment Insurance and Other Benefits (T4E)
    • Statement of RRSP Income (T4RSP)
    • Statement of Benefits (T5007)
    • Universal Child Care Benefit statement (RC62)
    • Working Income Tax Benefit advance payments statement (RC210)
  • Tuition receipts (T2202A slips)
  • Rent receipts and your landlord's name
  • Receipts for medical expenses, including medications, eye exams, eye glasses, etc.
  • Receipts for child care
  • Receipts for child activities
  • TTC weekly passes (must have a minumum of four consecutive weekly passes to qualify) or monthly metropasses
  • Charity receipts

If you require an interpreter, please bring your own.

Tax clinics will be held on Tuesdays from 10AM to 3PM at Parkdale Community Health Centre from Tuesday March 5th until Tuesday April 30th. An appointment is required. Please note that the last appointment of the day will be booked at 2:30PM.

We are only booking appointments for 2012 tax returns only. If you would like to file your taxes for 2011 or earlier, please call Maria at St. Christopher House at 416.848.7980.

To confirm your eligibility, book an appointment, or for more information, please call and leave a voicemail message: 415.537.2455, extension 242.


Family Day Weekend Closure

Parkdale CHC will be closed on Saturday February 16th and Monday February 18th for Family Day.

Have a fantastic and safe holiday weekend!


Our winter newsletter is hot off the presses!

Read about our programming and events in the winter edition of our biannual newsletter, which can be found under the About Us menu link or viewed here.

If you would like a hard copy of our newsletter, please ask for one the next time you drop by the Centre!


We want to hear from you!

Have you accessed medical care or participated in programs or services at Parkdale CHC in the last year? If so, we would like to hear from you!

To complete a 2013 Client Satisfaction Survey, you can:

  • Drop by the Centre in person and request a copy from Reception.
  • Fill out the survey online by clicking on this link: Parkdale CHC Client Satisfaction Survey
  • Print off a PDF version of the survey, available in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, or Hungarian and bring the completed copy to reception. PDF copies are available here.

Thank you for your feedback!


Student Placement Opportunity: Income Tax Clinic

We are currently accepting applications for a student position for our annual Income Tax Clinic for March and April 2013. This Clinic is run in partnership with St. Christopher House and Parkdale Intercultural Association. St. Christopher Houses's financial literacy program organizes income tax clinics for low income residents of Parkdale.

Skills required:

  • Administrative skills, planning, community relations
  • Comfort with booking appointments, returning phone calls, tracking appointments, and doing reminder calls
  • Maintaining records
  • Organizing the tax clinics each Tuesday all day (welcoming volunteer tax return specialists
  • Ensuring room is set up with computers and printers (liase with our Data Management Coordinator)
  • Other languages in addition to English an asset (including Hungarian, Portuguese, Tamil, Tibetan, French)

When not working on the tax clinic preparation during the Tuesday clinic, there may be other opportunities to assist with program activities.

How to apply for a student placement:

  • Prepare a cover letter that includes the name of your school and the year of schooling you are entering with this placement
  • Prepare a resume highlighting any past placements, current studies, work and volunteer experience.
  • Please address your cover letter to Susan Clancy, Director of Population Health and Community Engagement, and send both your cover letter and resume via email to s.clancy@pchc.on.ca. 

Next steps:

  • Susan Clancy, Director of Population Health and Community Engagement, will contact students selected for interviews. Interviews will be held with the staff member(s) related to the program.
  • Please come to your interview with a draft of your learning objectives.
  • The interview is mutual in that both parties are assessing whether the placement is acceptable.

 


New 5P's Programming for February

The Language of Parenting course is an interactive program for soon-to be first time parents and their transition to parenting as a couple.

The program combines traditional prenatal classes, that help you prepare for pregnancy, labour and birth, with a component that will assist your transition to a "family focused" parenting style. This 8 week course is designed to help first time parents and their baby to ease into the family process and build a strong foundation for attachment and positive support for both parents and their newborn family member - now and in your family's future.

 

What is included in the sessions?

The weekly program, which runs for 8 Saturday mornings from 10:20 - 12:40  beginning Saturday February 2nd until Saturday March 23rd, provides you with:

  • Prenatal health information
  • Stress-reducing ways to co-parent effectively
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Knowledge of infant brain development/reading baby's cues
  • Strategies to create positive social and emotional development together as a family

Refreshments, TTC and childcare for any older children is available.

 

Progam location, Registration or for more information:

All 8 sessions of the program will be located at Parkdale Community Health Centre - 1229 Queen Street West, corner of Dufferin and Queen, in the large group room.

There are still spaces available. Please call 416-537-8222 ext 505 or email 5ps@pchc.on.ca


New Needle Exchange Hours

The hours for our Needle Exchange have changed. We are now open during the following times:

Monday: 10:00AM - 12:00PM and 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Tuesday:10:00AM - 12:00PM and 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Wednesday: 10:00AM - 11:30AM and 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Thursday:10:00AM - 12:00PM and 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Friday: 10:00AM - 12:00PM and 2:30PM - 4:30PM

The Harm Reduction Exchange Program is open to anyone in the Parkdale community, specifically for substance users and sex workers.  The goal of the program is to reduce the harm associated with substance use by distributing clean supplies (syringes, crack pipes, etc) and provide health promotion concerning HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and other sexual health issues.  We also provide health information and referrals to community resources, food (on Mondays from Second Harvest), and facilitate community outreach.

The Exchange is located on the first floor of Parkdale CHC. If you have any questions concerning the Exchange Program, please call 416.537.2455, extension 271.

For more information about our Street Health and Harm Reduction programming, please click here. 


Men's Drop-In

Parkdale CHC is pleased to offer a new drop-in for men dealing with past or current substance use, homelessness, or mental health issues. Please join us for a weekly drop-in featuring discussions, workshops, group activities and a safe space to hang out! Food and tokens will be provided.

This group takes place on Thursdays from 2:30pm - 4:30pm in the Parkdale Community Health Centre Board Room.

For more information please contact: Sri: 416-537-2455 ext. 308, sriram.ananth@pchc.on.ca.

 


Acupuncture Drop-In

Are you experiencing stress or anxiety?
Are you having difficulties managing your highs and lows?
Are you struggling with substance abuse or addiction?

You may benefit from acupuncture.

Parkdale CHC is pleased to offer a FREE eight week drop-in acupuncture program led by a Nurse Practitioner and Social Worker/Therapist. A variety of therapeutic techniques will be used including mindfulness, music, and guided meditation in a small group setting.

This program will run for eight weeks on Wednesdays from January 16th to March 6th.
Sessions will take place from 10AM until 11:30AM. Please note that participants need to arrive 15 minutes prior to the session to gain entry.

WHERE: Second floor, Parkdale Community Health Centre, 1229 Queen St W (at Dufferin). For more information, please call Norma Hannant: 416.537.8222, x.306.


Violence Against Women Educational Series

Parkdale CHC is launching a program for women aged 19-29 who are struggling with some combination of mental health issues, street involvement or homelessness, CAS involvement, chaotic substance use and post-traumatic stress.

The series will take place from January 25th to March 29th at Parkdale Community Health Centre from 1:00 to 4:00PM. Topics covered may include self-defense, safety planning, practical skills for coping with trauma, self-care, healthy relationships, myths and realities of gender-based violence, communication skills, tips on addressing violence in your community, and so on.

We will be running two information sessions/focus groups on Friday January 11th and Friday January 18th from 1-2:30PM. Interested participants may attend one or both sessions.

For more information, please call Audrey at 416.537.8222, ext 309.