Health and Wellbeing

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Poverty and homelessness exact a huge toll on women’s physical, mental and emotional health. Homeless women typically walk for hours every day. Life on the streets is extremely unsafe and stress is high and ever-present. Most homeless women do not have access to a family doctor, or primary healthcare. Sistering’s response has been to partner with St.Michael’s Hospital Inner City Health Associates and provide a primary health clinic onsite that is staffed with two family doctors and two Psychiatrists, and is open three days a week.

Sistering also offers a range of health promoting activities and programs on site. At no cost to participants, we offer support groups for adult abuse survivors, diabetes management, harm reduction, emotional management of trauma and anger (Feelings Group) as well as health and well-being programs and services:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Referrals to other medical services and departments
  • Dental referral, partnership with Queen West Community Health Centre and the University of Toronto Dental Clinic
  • Public health nurse

Programs are offered in other languages as well.