History

1985   WTSS opened its doors

1988   The Ministry of Community and Social Services expanded funding for Swansea area

1989   Merger with West Toronto Care Ring

1990   United Way membership

1991   Amalgamated with West Toronto Meals on Wheels

1992   Respite Care started and Congregate Dining became a monthly event

1994   Homemaking service started under the Integrated Homemaking Program Agreement

1995   Received funding from the Ministry of Health to implement an Alzheimer Day Program and a Respite Care Program

1996   Funding received to expand the Respite Care Program to provide evening and weekend service

1997   Alzheimer Day Program and the Respite Care Program expanded to the Davenport part of our catchment area.  Funding received for Adult Day Services for the frail elderly, as well as Caregiver Education and Counseling Programs

2000   Client Grocery Shopping excursions started and Eastern European meals introduced in the Meals on Wheels Program

2001   Weekly Community Dining Program for seniors introduced, monthly Foot Care Program introduced and the Volunteer Income Tax Clinic began for low income seniors. The Ontario Trillium Foundation funded the agency to purchase a Wheelchair accessible bus

2002   Toronto Consortium, of which WTSS is a member, successfully obtained a Toronto Community Care Access Centre contract.  The United Way funded a part time Multi-Cultural Outreach Worker. WTSS moved its offices from 21 Blackthorn and its Adult Day Services from St. Joseph’s Hospital to a newly renovated location at 80 Ward St.

2003   The Ontario Trillium Foundation funded the building of a ramp to facilitate access to 80 Ward St.

2004   Funding received from the Ministry of Health to implement a Client Intervention and Assistance Program and to expand the Respite Care Program

2007   WTSS unveiled the “Silver Circle” brand to increase awareness of seniors’ services and the agency

2008   Received funding from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network for Supportive Housing services in a west end Toronto Community Housing Corporation building

2009   WTSS was awarded the United Way Bhayana Family Foundation 2009 Client Services Team Achievement award.  This award recognizes and rewards teams who work toward a common goal

2010   WTSS purchased a new wheelchair accessible bus

2013   WTSS achieved the 3 Year Accreditation award from CARF for the Adult Day Services, Home & Community Services, and Case Management programs