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Date updated: April 30, 2019

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Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. As a self-help program, AA is self-supporting and not led by professionals. AA is widespread and welcomes a diverse membership with a wide range of interests, backgrounds, and experiences. Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one and express no views whatever on politics or religion. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
  • If you want to drink, that's your business.
  • If you want to stop, Alcoholics Anonymous can help!
 
  • Physically accessible meetings (contact AA St. John's for Location and time):
    • First United Church, 221 Park Ave, Mount Pearl
    • West End Baptist Church, 314 Topsail Rd, St John's
    • Holy Trinity Elementary School, 10 Doyles & Quigleys Lane, Torbay
    • Waterford Hospital Chapel, 306 Waterford Bridge Rd, St John's
  • Women’s only meeting:
    • Mondays at 8pm Women for Recovery, Canonwood Hall, 8 Military Road, St  John's
  Contact AA-St. John’s (District 15) for ALL meeting days, times and location Phone: 1-888-579-5215   or    Email: sjintergroup@nl.rogers.com
The City of St. John’s provides The City Guide to residents four times a year (November, February, May and August). This  provides information on the city's seasonal recreation programs, seasonal events, and initiatives. http://www.stjohns.ca/living-st-johns/your-city/city-guide This Season the City of St. John's will offer [at cost] courses in:
  • Technology Workshops for 18+ (requires registration)
  • LifeLong Learners for 50+ and Adult Leisure and Learning for 18+ Courses (requires registration):
  • Seniors Social Time
  • There are other Craft activities, Card games (NEW), and Bridge games  held at the Mews and PRCC.
    • Register in person or online.
    • Most of these Courses will be held at PRCC, Paul Reynold's Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive.
    • One Social Time will be held at the Mews with other activities at Southland or Bannerman.
  • Note: Registration will no longer take place over the phone. Registration will occur either in person at the H.G.R. Mews Community Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Rd. or at Paul Reynold's Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive OR Online Registration www.stjohns.ca> Quick links> RECconnect ​Your account must be activated 72 hrs before the event.
  • This and last season`s editions now available (see link below)
The Association for New Canadians offers monthly Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Testing at its ESL Training Centre on Smithville Crescent. For more information, please contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or linc@nfld.net
NOTE: All Walk-In Services Closed at ALL Locations until further notice due to outbreak – Warm Lines Active CHANNAL WARMLINE Toll Free: 1-855-753-2560 Local: 753-2560 (St. John’s metro) Open 7 days a week, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (midnight)   CHANNAL (Consumers’ Health Awareness Network Newfoundland and Labrador) is a self-help network serving the needs of those who have experienced mental health issues or is a user of mental health services. CHANNAL has self help groups throughout the province and runs a warm line (1-855-753-2560).
The City of St. John’s provides a City Guide to residents four times a year (November, February, May and August). This publication includes information on the city's seasonal recreation programs, seasonal events, and initiatives. For more information about seniors programs, e-mail recreation@stjohns.ca or contact 311.
City of St. John's Non-Profit Housing manage houses and apartments that vary in size from one to four-bedroom units and are available for rent to low income earners based on their family net income. Housing provided by the City falls into three distinct categories:
  1. Lower End of Market Housing (LEMS)
  2. Rent Geared to Income (RGI)
  3. Affordable Housing
The free Clothing Boutique Program provides clothing options for any woman in the community. Women visiting the boutique can also access an array of hygiene products at the Personal Care Pantry. Appointment Required. Please call 753-0220, monthly on Tuesdays and Thursdays (early afternoon).  Women who are  deaf can text 700-770-4312 Donations of new and gently used clothing are accepted Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Free computer session for sessions: by learning the basics, we help seniors improve their quality of life by keeping in touch with family and friends. Seniors are matched up with tutors. Contact Linda Holden at 579-1500.
Changes in Connections for Seniors due to COVID-19: Please CALL or text message at 709-699-2858. for emergency food delivery and/or hamper delivery to seniors (55+). COMMUNITIES SERVED: St. John's and Surrounding Area DELIVERY OF FOOD BANK HAMPERS: Connections for Seniors is working with a local food bank and is now offering delivery of food bank hampers to seniors. ELIGIBILITY - POPULATION SERVED: Connections for Seniors provides supportive services for older men, older women, or older couples 55 years of age and older facing homelessness or in crisis NOTE: Change in services for Connections for Seniors due to COVID-19: 1. Will NOT be accepting visitors to Shelter Program until further notice. 2. NO Outreach Program and Transportation services with the exception of emergency health appointments and support with food supplies. DONATIONS NEEDED Note: Connections for Seniors is requesting donations of dry and canned goods. (Contact number above and they will pick up donations.) -------------------------------------------------- Connections for Seniors, a non-profit agency in St. John's, provides temporary shelter and supportive services for older men, older women, or older couples 55 years of age and older facing homelessness or in crisis. They help seniors navigate complex systems linked to health, housing, legal, and financial matters.  They provide transportation related to health and housing needs. And they will pick up clients from their desired location within the St. John's Metro area. They also offer acute, crisis-based counselling support as well as nursing services. They will accept calls regarding a homeless senior. Contact for Connections for Seniors Intake (ie. for seniors needing their services): Ashley: 709-691-8466  
Saint Luke’s Homes offers two day programs. The Adult Day Program is designed for seniors 65 years of age and above, who benefit from a many kinds of range of social or recreational activities. The respite day program is designed to meet the needs of seniors who have mild to moderate dementia or impaired social functioning. The participants in this program generally require more assistance and supervision.
Grief is a natural response to loss. Bereavement is the human reaction to the loss of a loved person by death. But all loss can cause grief or heart-ache . People dealing with grief and loss may need a professional and/or someone who has been there to support recover.
Are you grieving due to loss of a spouse? Join us for the Spousal Grief and Breavement Support Groups held weekly: Tuesday nights at St. Peter's Hall Upper Gullies from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm For information call 631-9539 Monday night at Daffodil Place Ropewalk Lane from 6:30 to 8;00 pm
NOTE: The Gathering Place is taking all precautionary measures possible and following a coordinated community response from the Department of Health, Eastern Health BY
  • Providing takeout meals for clients (in St. John's) during COVID-19. All three meals of the weekday (brunch on the weekends) will continue, hot lunch plus sandwiches to save for supper.
  • Urgent medical services will continue, as will social work supports.
  • People won’t be allowed in the building as a mass, in line with social-distancing guidelines and officials urging the public to avoid large crowds.
https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/canada/gathering-place-in-st-johns-to-provide-takeout-meals-for-clients-during-covid-19-425032/ The Gathering Place - Please Read this before you donate!! Due to COVID-19, The Gathering Place will not be able to accept in-kind donations in person or welcome visitors until further notice. More than ever, they are grateful for your monetary donations as they have to purchase much needed supplies and food during this difficult time. Please donate at www.kindnesswanted.ca/donate/ ---   The  Gathering Place programs and services are offered primarily to people who are homeless or live in less than desirable housing conditions, people who are seeking respite from poverty or isolation and people who are often unemployed and to people who do not have adequate social supports at this time in their lives. The Gathering Place welcomes about 300 to 400 people (aged 25 and older) every day. Through collaborative efforts, guests of The Gathering Place may avail of the following programs: Nourishment - Food and Social: Meal program - 7 days a week; Coffee station in social area; Group activities; Informal social activities (in a safe space); Designated area for women guests; Art classes, craft sessions and other creative pursuits. Personal Care and Health Care: Access to showers for those who need them; Foot Care; Hair Care; Laundry service with the use of washers/dryers;  Access to sewing services;  Home Support Program; Weekly services of nurses (6 days), Doctors (4 days) and social workers (AESL);   Free Dental Clinic (for guests); Advocacy with government and health/social agencies, Annual Flu Clinic Elevator and other aids to enable people with disabilities to access services. Skill Building: Access to computers and computer training sessions and Literacy Program (Teachers on Wheels); Annual Income Tax Clinic Warming Centre - will serve as a community warming centre to ALL residents of St. John's during times of extended power loss.
The Gospel Folk Seniors Choir is a non-denominational, non-auditioned seniors choir for men and women who love to sing gospel in a free and easy atmosphere. No experience necessary, just a love of singing with others. Their mission is to sing regularly at Seniors Homes, Churches and Gospel Concerts across the Avalon Peninsula. They do not sing competitively! Practices are held in the Main Meeting Room of the Kelly's Brook Apartment Complex on Stamp's Lane, every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For information, call Daphne Benson at 739-8714 or drop by some Thursday between 6:30 and 7 p.m.  
Home Again Furniture Bank aims to end furniture poverty on the northeast Avalon.  Gently-used furniture and housewares are collected and redistributed. Those in need access the service through a referral system of local Partner Agencies and Organizations (see list on the website home page -third“Heart” from the bottom). Home Again does not direct client service. Thanks to donors, almost 1300 households now have the comfort and dignity of a well-furnished home.  To donate contact: 709-325-4040
MTS Pharmacists help patients understand their medications better.  The clinic provides a chance for people to make sure they are taking the best medications for them . This service is good for people who have been taking three or more medications over a number of years. The Medication Therapy Services (MTS) Clinic at Memorial University sees patients by appointment-only. The MTS clinic provides services at no cost to the patient (can self-refer) or referring health care provider . Please note that they do NOT offer dispensing services.
Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group receives support from the City of Mount Pearl and others to carry out Seniors -60 plus Recreation Activities (including the 60 plus fitness activities). 60 plus Activities (guitar jam session, mixed darts, friendship club, drop-in centre, crafts, crib games, and more). The groups ask a nominal fee of about $1 to 2 dollars per activity. To participate in any of those fun and social activities, the Senior:
  • must be a member of the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group
  • Do not need to register for the activities
  • must be 60+
  • can be a Mount Pearl Resident or Non-Resident
60 plus Fitness Activities (swimming, walking, low-impact aerobics, shallow water fitness etc.)
  • REGISTRATION is required and carried out by the City of Mount Pearl
    • Mount Pearl Residents and Non-Residents are asked to register at specified dates early every season (see website)
  • Cost: There is a price of $85 a person and $150 a couple to take part in these fitness activities.
Caregivers program is put on hold.
  • For more information on our programs and services, contact the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group 748-6485; email: seniors@mountpearl.ca
  • There is often a print-friendly Link to a Seasonal flyer [of both types of activities] on the City of Mount Pearl Seniors Programs website 
Multicultural Women's Organization of NL (MWONL) delivers services to facilitate the integration and full participation of women and their families in the community. UPDATE: COVID-19   May 12 2020  -Multicultural Women's Organization of NL has closed their office and in-person activities. -MWONL will continue to provide support to those who need it (individuals and families). -Staff is working home and will still be accessible during working hours by e-mail. -Staff has been reaching out to seniors and other members by phone calls or by e-mail -MWONL developing ways to keep the community connected through virtual means: **********Virtual Classes see  https://www.facebook.com/MWONL.WOW/ ***********​Example - Virtual Art Class for Adults on May 13THMWONL Seniors and Women's Groups and  Adults meet regularly to cook together and discuss issues of interest in the community. Works to increase social interaction, spoken english and community/social integration. Groups are free or at a low cost.Social media: MWONL Facebook @MWONL.WOW TCCA (Trans-Cultural Competency Awareness) Training is designed for human services providers of non-profit, business and government organizations and others to help them offer more effective services to the immigrant population of our province.  Fees: for the Full/half Workshops are offered (group of 10 or more preferred). Please contact kaberi.debnath@gmail.com for details.
The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network strives to promote, enhance and encourage the health, social, educational,economic cultural, and political, well being of Aboriginal women within the Island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. NAWN is now located at the People of the Dawn Friendship Center satellite office in Stephenville. This satellite office holds a Senior's Socia  every week. NAWN is affiliated with seven women's groups in NL. They carry out a wide variety of activities. Social activities may also include women and men and youth (intergenerational activities)
  • Melgignat MiKmaq Women's Group - Stephenville
  • Exploit's Native Women's Association - Grand Falls-Windsor
  • Corner Brook Aboriginal Women's Association, Corner Brook
  • Flat Bay-St. Teresa's Native Women's Association, St. Teresa's
  • Benoit's Cove Native Women's Associatio, Benoit's Cove
  • Indian Cove Women's Circle, St. George's
  • St. John's Aboriginal Women's Circle
  • and the Northern Peninsula and Northern Peninsula Group (NAWN)
The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network offers cultural sensitivity workshops to all service providers, stakeholders and/or organizations offering services and programs. This workshop is open to all groups free of charge. For more information or to book a workshop, please contact 643-1290 or email: nawn@nf.aibn.com NOTE: the website is under construction. Contact NAWN through Linda Wells, NAWN Executive Director, Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network at 709-643-1290 or executivedirector.nawn2016@gmail.com
Mobile Smiles is a fully mobile and accessible dental hygiene service. Their dental hygienist will provide oral healthcare where you live. Fees are comparable with NL Dental Association fee guide. Treatment cost are different for each client depending on needs assessment. There is no extra charge for a home visit.
Please note:  The counselling clinic at St. John's Women's Centre will only have two counsellors available this week so wait times may be longer usual November 6th and 7th 2018.   Right Here, Right Now drop-in counselling clinic is now open on Tuesdays until 7 p.m. (and Wednesdays until 5 pm) The St. John's Women's Centre offers Right here, Right now, Single-Session Counselling program for women When: Tuesdays 12-7pm and Wednesdays 12-5pm Elibility: FREE counselling for any woman in community. No referral or Appointment necessary. Where: The Women’s Centre – 170 Cashin Avenue Extension, St John’s , NL With no or very little wait time; sessions can be up to one hour with an experienced counsellor. First-come-first-served. To meet the need for women-centred mental health services and support women while they wait for other services.   For information call: 709-753-0220 For women who are deaf, text: 709-770-4312 (Women's centre can respond Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:30pm) Email: reception@sjwomenscentre.ca
The St. John's Retired Citizens Association is an activity center  for retired citizens. Activities, held this Bennett Avenue club, include bingo, singing, and playing instruments. Rent this space for an event using the online option or by contacting  rentals@stjohnsretiredcitizens.org.
NOTE: Closed until further notice due to outbreak Do you have tools out now? Hold onto (use) them until the Tool Library re-opens with NO late fees. Questions or Concerns: stjohnstoollibrary@gmail.com The St. John’s Tool Library provides access to tools you, your family, and your community need, when you need them. The Tool Library is there to help those just starting their first project or veteran DIYers. Fees: There is an annual membership fee under three categories of members. There may be usage fees depending on the membership package you purchase. There are also late fees. Members can borrow tools they need - from small items like screwdrivers, to larger items like table saws. Membership gives access to a broad inventory of equipment - from lawn mowers to power drills, from stud finders to table saws, from gardening shovels to soldering irons.
The Lantern, A Christian Life Centre, is operated by the Presentation Sisters. Programs are:
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Classes
  • Better Breathing Choir
  • T'ai Chi Chih
  • Wisdom Healing Qigong ("Chee Gong")
  • Iyengar Yoga
  • Ruah Counselling Centre
The Lantern can be rented  for Conferences, Staff Development Workshops, Meetings & Retreats.  It is a scent free and alcohol free facility. The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road, St. John's   Telephone: 709-753-8760 or  Email: information@thelantern.ca
The Ruah Counselling Centre offers a variety of programs, classes,  and counselling services to families, couples, and individuals. The Lantern is located at 35 Barnes Road, St. John's. Telephone:(709) 579-0168 or Email: flb@rcsj.org
Violence Prevention- Avalon East, formerly known as Coalition Against Violence Avalon East, is one of ten Regional Coordinating Committees working in partnership with the provincial Violence Prevention Initiative to increase awareness of all forms of violence. This organization works to end violence in the eastern Avalon by educating, lobbying, advocating, and increasing awareness around issues of violence.   NEW ---Violence Prevention-Avalon East: Notice of Office Relocation VP-AE moving Monday (December 5th)  and will be open to the public mid december. CONTACT by e-mail violencepreventionae@gmail.com or by phone 709-757-0137 or by mail at the address below. New Address: 20 Hallett Crescent Suite St. John's NL A1B 4C5  
Join in the winter fun!  Pippy Park offers two networks of cross-country ski trails. The Winter Activity Centre is located at North Bank Lodge in Pippy Park. It offers cross-country ski rentals and lessons as well as snowshoe rentals. You can check on facility operations  and trail conditions by calling 737-3651 (Information Line).    Alternatively, you can contact the H.G.R. Mews Centre at 576-8499 or e-mail outdoor@stjohns.ca  

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