About Jessie’s

 

Dedicated to helping young mothers and their families

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Our goal is for each young woman who comes through our doors to: find safe affordable housing access comprehensive health services for herself and her baby complete her high school education

Our Story

Our founder, June Callwood, was a celebrated writer and a passionate activist determined to make the world a better place. In 1982, she helped launch Jessie’s: The June Callwood Centre for Young Women (formerly Jessie’s Centre for Teenagers) in downtown Toronto.

The Centre was established to offer comprehensive services to pregnant teens and young mothers and their children facing enormous obstacles such as poverty and social isolation with few programs available to provide help.

Today, with 20 staff members and 80 volunteers, we pursue a holistic and sustainable approach, recognizing the importance of economic and social conditions on health outcomes. Jessie’s offers a range of services to help empower the young women we serve – those who choose to terminate their pregnancies as well as the pregnant teens who come through our doors who choose to have their babies.  Our programming is developed to help each of them reach their full potential as engaged parents and independent adults.

Along with our generous donors, community partners and supportive neighbourhood businesses, we serve over 1,000 pregnant teenagers, young parents and their children every year. Learn more…

In 2010, Jessie’s Centre received the $50,000 Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award celebrating one of Ontario’s leading child and youth organizations.

“Never in my life have I done anything [other than my family] I am more proud of than Jessie’s.”

June Callwood, Founder

Sherry’s Story

Please take a moment to watch one of our young mothers speak about her experiences as a young mother and how Jessie’s made a difference for her life and the life of her children

A special Look at Jessies Centre

Our Mission & Approach

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35 Years of results

Dollars Raised

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Volunteers

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Contributors

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Animals Saved

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Years

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A Letter from the Board

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