About Us

Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors was created in 1973 by three East York women who saw the need for transportation services for seniors. Named "Call-A-Service" the program was funded by the Federal Government's Local Initiatives Program. In 1975 it was incorporated as a non-profit organization, with a volunteer Board of Directors, and provided transportation for seniors who were frail and/or disabled and who would otherwise find it difficult to continue living at home alone.

Over the next decades the Agency grew as it responded to the changing needs of East Toronto Seniors. The first wave of growth was the addition of social and recreational programming through the creation of an Elderly Persons Centre (EPC). This expansion of services was made possible through a centennial project to construct the physical building known as Harmony Hall by the East York Barbershoppers (a local association of members who share the common interest of Barbershop singing) and local government.

In 1985 the Agency was successful in obtaining a Development Grant from the United Way of Greater Toronto. Membership status in the United Way of Greater Toronto followed in 1987. From 1985 to 1987, United Way support and expanded funding from government allowed the agency to develop an administrative core and to undertake additional service expansion. A program for Cantonese-speaking seniors started in the mid 1990's; while a Tamil language program was initiated in 2001 along with a significant expansion in services. Our newest program for Bengali-speaking seniors started in 2007.

The Agency's budget and programs have tripled over the past decade and we currently provide recreational and social services to over 600 seniors in East Toronto. Our transportation service now includes a six vehicle fleet providing up to 17,000 rides per year to seniors to attend medical appointments, adult day programs (ADP), grocery shopping, etc.

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