Northwood Neighborhood Services runs three Social Enterprises that offer services to clients for a fee. Revenues generated from these social enterprises are channeled to unfunded NNS programs and services such as the English Conversation Circles and the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. These programs include:
Summer and March Break Camp offer children age 6-12 the opportunity to learn and grow through a variety of activities, entertainment, and fitness. The camp also provides daily English and math tutoring to prepare children for school in September. Through the summer camp, children gain self-confidence, leadership skills and make new friends. The low cost of our camps bring relief to working parents who would otherwise have to take time off work or go into debt to obtain summer childcare.
Notarization Service provides notarization service to the community at a nominal fee. Notarization services provide community members not only services at an affordable price but also close to where they live.
The Translation Bureau utilizes the languages and expertise that foreign trained professionals bring by providing them employment opportunities to translate various documents and work as interpreters on a contractual basis.
Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program sponsors refugees and individuals in refugee like situations from different parts of the world. Settlement counselors assist in completing applicable immigration forms to eligible individuals who would like to sponsor their family members – spouses, children and other family members. We also provide information and referral services in all forms of immigration classes such as Provincial Nominee Program and Federal skilled worker program for individuals who are interested in exploring other ways of coming to Canada. Intake for this program takes place in the main office: Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Black Creek Artisan Market (BCAM) is a business incubating project designed to improve the economic health of the Black Creek community by providing a buses incubator for female and youth entrepreneurs who have created products to sell. Vendors have an opportunity to sell their products at a market which runs at Driftwood Community Center every Wednesday from 11 am to 2 p.m. The Black Creek community is home to a significant number of low to medium income families who are often struggling to make ends meet. Many of these residents have artisan skills that can be utilized to become a source of income generation for their families. The market offers support, mentorship, access to loans and training as well as weekly and monthly market spaces to sell their products to the wider community.