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Programs and Services

Aging Positively

Funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation, this program is designed to empower and connect isolated seniors with cultural and language barriers to lead a dignified life through education and prevention, social engagement, promotion of physical and mental well-being and integration in the society in a culturally and linguistically appropriate environment. Aging positively program takes place three days a week and includes an array of therapeutic programs, yoga, strengthening exercise, nutritious hot meal (special diets available) and free transportation to all participants. The program also focuses on promoting volunteerism among the participants to outreach to isolated seniors living in community institutions. Participants for this program are from York and Simcoe Region.

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Tuesday 11 AM – 2:30 PM
Thursday 10:30AM – 1:30PM

To Register, Please call:
Vithieyah Atputharajah at 905- 554-9033 Ext 223


Community Exercise Program for seniors 65+

Funded by CLHIN, Social Services Network has partnered with Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association to provides Seniors who are 65 + two exercise class per week at the SSN Hub. These classes are lead by qualified instructors. These classes focus on four different types of exercises such as:

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Monday 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Monday 12:00PM – 1:00PM

To Register, Please call:
Naz Arain at 905- 554-9033 Ext 227


Community Kitchen at Ebenezer Church

In partnership with Ebenezer Church, Social Service Network facilitates a community kitchen to provide an opportunity for the vulnerable newcomer seniors to come together for a healthy hot meal and knowledge sharing every Wednesday. This project will allow the newcomer seniors to be involved in the planning, preparing, cooking and sharing meals with each other. The participants also gain knowledge through workshops and discussions on Canadian foods, Canadian kitchen, nutrition meal planning, healthy living, community resources, safe food handling etc. The seniors take turn volunteering in the kitchen with table set up, clean up and supporting their peers when required.

Social Service Network and Ebenezar Church hopes to increase intergenerational relationship amongst participants and family members through this program. This program is also designed to provide participants with an opportunity to socialize with other seniors within the community, practice their English skills, share food and gain valuable experience to integrate into the mainstream community. As we all know, food brings people together, while the kitchen functions as a space for informal culture, social and knowledge exchange, the program allows the seniors to feel welcomed and ensures that they feel connected to the community at large.

Program Location:
5000 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON L3R 7B4

Program Time:
Wednesday 4:00PM – 6:00 PM

To Register, Please call:
Naz Arain at 905- 554-9033 Ext 227


Connections to Decrease Isolation

Funded by United Way and York Region, The Connections to Decrease Isolation program is designed to build to target isolated and marginalized Seniors who are attending various places of worship and community centres in York Region and in Scarborough. The program is designed to encourage seniors to connect with each other and the broader community. The program hopes to strengthen and improve the knowledge and skills of low income seniors who are isolated and have language and cultural barriers, by supporting their efforts in mitigating the effects of poverty. Through this program SSN offers the marginalized seniors with and opportunity to engage and reduce their social isolation and maintain a positive mental health.

Program Location:
Please see our program calendar for specific locations and time

To Register, Please call:
Vithieyah Atputharajah at 905- 554-9033 Ext 223


Digital Empowerment for Seniors

Digital Empowerment for Seniors is a program designed to encourage senior citizens acquire their independence by teaching and introducing them to new technology. Participants in the program are taught how to navigate the internet, learn to use social media, digital communication, cyber security, utility and banking applications and online shopping. Participants are presented with a certification at the end of the 8 weeks program.

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Wednesday 10:30AM – 12:30PM

To Register, Please call: Mary Gnanaprasagam at 905-554-9033


English as a Second Language Classes at Social Service Network Hub

In Partnership with York Region District School Board, Social Service Network offers ESL classes to landed immigrants whom have resided in Canada for the past three years or more and are ready to take their Canadian Citizenship Test. The classes are held two times a week at The SSN Hub. In class, students learn English using the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Classes are offered at beginner level by qualified teaching professionals.

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Every Tuesday and Wednesday 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM (September – May)

To Register, Please call:
Naz Arain at 905- 554-9033 Ext 227


Women’s Health & Wellness

Women’s Health and Wellness is a program that is offered at the SSN Hub which provides a social space for women to gather together and freely share their thoughts on array of topics. The program also incorporates recreational activities to support women in betterment of their body and soul. Participants acquire skills and knowledge and engage in activities that supports their quality of life. The program functions as a self-esteem and self confidence booster. The program also offers music therapy and engages participants to speak about different ways music is used to cope with every day life stressors. The ultimate objective of this program is to provide women with a positive space where they are empowered and motivated to share their experiences with other women and the community at large.

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Every Tuesday 1:30AM – 3:00PM

To Register, Please call:
905- 554-9033


Health and Wellness at Aaniin Community Centre and Library

 

Social Service Network has collaborated with City of Markham to offer programs and services for the underserved vulnerable, non-active, homebound seniors with cultural and language barriers within the South Markham region. This program will be held at the newly built Aaniin Community Centre and Library every Monday 9am to 2pm.

 

The purpose of this new initiative is to provide seniors with specialized programs to defeat isolation, enhanced health and well being, increase knowledge and awareness of community services and to help them lead enriched lives through physical, social activities, and workshops.

Program Location:
Aaniin Community Centre Library
5665 14th Ave, Markham, ON L3S 3K5

Program Time:
Every Monday 9:30AM – 1PM

To Register, Please call:
Naz Arain at 905- 554-9033 Ext 227


Peer 2 Peer

Funded by The Regional Municipality of York Region, Peer 2 Peer is a program that supports marginalized and isolated seniors with low and moderate income. The objective of the program is to reduce senior’s isolation by connecting them and their caregivers to access appropriate programs and services in the mainstream community. The program will provide activities to promote preventative mindset through education, create social connections, promote physical and mental well-being, encourage leadership through the promotion of volunteerism among the participants to reach out to the isolated seniors living in community.

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

To Register, Please call:
Vithieyah Atputharajah at 905- 554-9033 Ext 223


South Asian Adult Day Program

Funded by the Central Local Health Integrated Network (CLHIN) through the Aging at Home Strategy, South Asian Adult Day Program was established in 2010, in York Region to serve the diverse South Asian Community. It is delivered in partnership with the New Unionville Home Society and has set a best practice model for the ethnic community.

South Asian Adult Day Program (SAADP) delivers an integrated (cognitive/frail elderly) ethno-specific program in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the New Unionville Home Society and it is delivered by trained and qualified staff speaking Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and English.

The program consists of 18 seniors from diverse South Asian Community. We provide free transportation, healthy breakfast, lunch and a light snack. The program consists of Information on prevention and wellness philosophies, Yoga, Laughing Yoga and mild mobility exercises, enjoyable activities, including the opportunity for socialization and peer support.

Program Location:
New Unionville Home Society – Adult Day Program Entrance
4300 Hwy 7, Markham, ON L3R 1L8

Program Time:
Saturday 10 AM – 3PM
Sunday 10AM – 3PM

To Register, Please call:
Vithieyah Atputharajah at 905- 554-9033 Ext 223


Health and Wellness Program for Seniors

Every Sunday, SSN opens its door to vulnerable seniors and provides them with a healthy and nutritious hot meal. Along with the nutritious meal, they are given an opportunity to connect and socialize with one another through a selection of activities. The nutritious hot lunch will be served from 11:00AM to 12:00PM, followed by activities such as Yoga, Blast from the past (sharing stories from childhood) and cognitive and physical games. This Health and Wellness program which takes place at SSN Hub targets social isolation and exclusion amongst seniors residing in York Region

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Sunday 11:00AM – 1:00PM

To Register, Please call:
Mary Gnanaprasagam at 905- 554-9033


Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a combined movement of yoga and meditation. Our seniors engage in this slowly performed martial art with softness and grace as a qualified instructor leads the class everyday (Monday to Friday) 8AM to 9AM. In this program, seniors aim to focus on the “chi” energy and foster a peaceful state of mind. This class aims to promote concentration and relaxation for mind, body and soul.

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Monday 8AM – 9AM
Tuesday 8AM – 9AM
Wednesday 8AM - 9AM
Thursday 8AM – 9AM
Friday 8AM- 9AM

To Register, Please call:
Naz Arain at 905- 554-9033 Ext 227


Zumba

Enjoy Music and Dance? Well, then this class is for you! This class is a Latin inspired cardio dance class for older adults and seniors. Suitable for all levels, this class incorporates Latin music and movements to create an aerobic workout. All participants benefit by having a total body workout that helps strengthen muscles. It takes place three days a week at the SSN Hub.

Program Location:
8 Shadlock Street, Unit 5A, Markham, ON L3S 3K9

Program Time:
Monday 9:30AM-10:30AM
Wednesday 9:30AM-10:30AM
Friday 9:30AM- 10:30AM

To Register, Please call:
Naz Arain at 905- 554-9033 Ext 227