Stella's Circle

Stella's Circle Stella’s Circle is a leading non-profit community organization in St. John's, NL offering housing, training, employment and counselling services to people who face barriers to fully participating in their community, such as mental illness, addictions...
Stella's Circle is a leading community organization in St. John's, NL. Stella's Circle provides programs and support to individuals with who face significant barriers to successful community inclusion. With the help of Stella's Circle people can -and do- change their lives for the better!
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Every day we get to witness the power of the human spirit - people overcoming enormous challenges to transform their lives in ways that no one could imagine. Stella’s Circle helps people change their lives for the better. We do that by offering: 1) Real Help - Stella’s Circle offers a range of residential, community, and correctional-based counselling services to support people through life’s challenges. Our services help people to achieve higher levels of personal independence and self-reliance. Services in this area include Emmanuel House, a Community Support Program and the Just Us Women's Centre. 2) Real Homes - Safe, secure and stable housing is essential to well being. Stella’s Circle helps address the need for affordable housing by offering more than 100 housing units to rent and supportive housing for those who need it. Some of our properties are owned by Stella’s Circle; others are managed on behalf of the City of St. John’s. We also work with private landlords to increase the stock of affordable housing. Our holdings also include Carew Lodge with 24 new and refurbished units as well as 22 long-term housing units on Rawlins Cross. More than 500 individuals have received housing services from us since we started this program. 3) Real Work - Stable and meaningful employment is an important contributor to physical health, mental health and quality of life. We believe that everyone has the capacity to work and can benefit from it. Stella’s Circle offers a range of employment and education programs to assist people who have had limited work experience or interrupted career paths in finding and maintaining employment. Our services include Social Enterprise Training and Education such as a food service program, a trades program and a cleaning program; Employment programs and Education programs such as ABE. Stella's Circle: Hope Lives Here

Mission: Our mission is to address the impact and root causes of poverty, abuse, and oppression. We do this by developing support services that promote community inclusion and by advocating for social policy changes that transform oppressive systems.

Are you getting ready to reopen your business or office? Hire Clean Start for a “Return to Work Deep Clean.” 🧼 Protect y...
05/26/2020

Are you getting ready to reopen your business or office? Hire Clean Start for a “Return to Work Deep Clean.” 🧼 Protect your staff and keep clients safe with secondary site visits each day, too. We can return to disinfect high touch surface areas, like door knobs, bathrooms, kitchens & more!

Our cleaning teams follow the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s #COVID19nfld recommendations for screening, PPE, handwashing, physical distancing & COVID-19 recognized cleaning agents 😷

Clean Start’s commercial cleaners have been working every day during COVID-19 to keep frontline organizations & shelters safe for use. We know how to keep our community safe through professional cleaning services ✅

Contact Clean Start for your quote today at 738-8952 & [email protected]

A participant in our "A Fresh Start With Accounts That Count" program is celebrating one year with her new bank account ...
05/25/2020

A participant in our "A Fresh Start With Accounts That Count" program is celebrating one year with her new bank account 🎉

This nationally recognized and award winning program partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union and the NLCU Charitable Foundation gives women exiting the prison system a jump start by providing a no-fee chequing account and stipend, along with assistance acquiring identification 💳 Our Just Us Women's Centre staff provide help navigating the banking system and budgeting to support their transition back into the community.

Having a bank account gives participants the ability to access income support benefits more quickly and allows them to learn about the benefits of establishing a positive credit history. Through the experience of establishing a bank account, women now have a sense of accomplishment and feel more financially independent and empowered 💪#HopeLivesHere✨

Our Raised Garden Boxes are back to make your gardening a breeze! 🌱 With custom installation, DIY, and accessible option...
05/23/2020

Our Raised Garden Boxes are back to make your gardening a breeze! 🌱 With custom installation, DIY, and accessible options available, look no further than our Green Team 👉 Contact us at 579-1181 or [email protected] to order yours today 🌿 https://stellascircle.ca/garden-boxes

05/22/2020
The benefits of horticultural therapy with Maude & Dominique

What makes you feel healthy so you can grow?🌱🌻Horticultural therapy helps us each answer this question. As you give plants nutrients, care, and love, think about the things in your life that you need that benefit your mental and physical health, especially during COVID-19 ☀️💧🍎 Learn more by watching Maude & Dominique as they chat about the benefits of plants 🌿

We're hiring! Seeking a new Program Manager to lead our Community Support Program 🤝 Applications accepted until May 27 b...
05/20/2020

We're hiring! Seeking a new Program Manager to lead our Community Support Program 🤝 Applications accepted until May 27 by 5 pm. Apply today to join our team! #jobsnl https://stellascircle.ca/learn-more/careers/

‪Our Naomi Centre staff were thrilled to receive a lovely donation in recognition of their essential work during COVID-1...
05/20/2020

‪Our Naomi Centre staff were thrilled to receive a lovely donation in recognition of their essential work during COVID-19 💙 Henrietta Warren & her Tupperware customers provided a soup mug filled with treats for each staff member 🍵🍬 Thank you for these thoughtful gifts!‬ #HopeLivesHere✨ #COVID19nfld

We're seeking a new Program Manager to lead our Community Support Program. CSP provides intensive assistance to adults w...
05/19/2020
Careers - Stella's Circle

We're seeking a new Program Manager to lead our Community Support Program. CSP provides intensive assistance to adults with complex mental health needs to support their wellness, independence, & integration into the community 🤝 Join our team! https://stellascircle.ca/learn-more/careers/

Stella's Circle has been recognized provincially, nationally and internationally for its innovative and responsive approaches in the housing and homelessness, counselling and employment services. We are nationally recognized for our work. We value courage, innovation, wisdom, connectedness and respe...

We’re proud to announce that the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union has won a national award in recognition of its g...
05/19/2020

We’re proud to announce that the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union has won a national award in recognition of its ground breaking program created in partnership with Stella’s Circle and the NLCU Charitable Foundation, “A Fresh Start With Accounts That Count.”

This innovative program works to reduce the barriers faced by women exiting the prison system when transitioning back into their community. The $10,000 award will enable our Just Us Women’s Centre staff to expand the program and support their COVID-19 response.

Congratulations Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union! This is a well deserved award for your commitment to social justice in our province.

Learn more about the award the program here: http://ow.ly/e8jc50zG2TE

997. That's the number of contacts our Employment Services team has had with 155 participants during COVID-19 so far, he...
05/18/2020

997. That's the number of contacts our Employment Services team has had with 155 participants during COVID-19 so far, helping them maintain income support benefits, housing, and drug plans, plus navigate new financial benefit programs like CERB. 🔎

Our staff also make contact to check on the well-being of our participants: helping them feel less isolated 👥, ensuring they have enough food and medication 🍎, as well as providing them with mental health supports and community resources, like the Community Food Helpline ☎️.

There have been an additional 190 contacts made with community agencies, all levels of government, family, and Eastern Health on behalf of participants, too. Our staff are working every day on the front lines to support our participants in more ways than ever before. 🤝 #HopeLivesHere✨

📣 Our Meals Squared program got a big boost thanks to the donated commercial food supplies from the School Lunch Associa...
05/17/2020

📣 Our Meals Squared program got a big boost thanks to the donated commercial food supplies from the School Lunch Association. These supplies are important ingredients in the nutritious meals going out to our participants who are facing increased food insecurity right now. Distributed through an amazing collaborative effort by the St. John's Farmers' Market, Food First NL and Choices for Youth, these donations were provided to kitchens helping vulnerable members of our community during COVID-19, like our Hungry Heart Cafe & Catering. Thanks to our community partners for making this gift possible! 👏

It might be a holiday weekend, but it's still important to stay safe. ⚠️To protect yourself and others, remember to stan...
05/16/2020

It might be a holiday weekend, but it's still important to stay safe. ⚠️To protect yourself and others, remember to stand 2 metres or 6 feet apart while out in public.🚹↔️🚹 Emmanuel House, our residential counselling facility, is doing a terrific job keeping our participants and staff safe through physical distancing! 🙌

We're helping our participants stay connected during COVID-19 for their own physical and mental well being. Thanks to ou...
05/15/2020

We're helping our participants stay connected during COVID-19 for their own physical and mental well being. Thanks to our donors, we're able to support them through these challenging times. It's so rewarding when a participant says "I got this!" We know that together we're making an important difference in their lives! #HopeLivesHere✨

You can learn more about our COVID-19 response here: https://stellascircle.ca/covid-19-response/

Our Just Us Women’s Centre team deliver care packages each week during COVID-19 to participants.💙 This helps provide the...
05/14/2020

Our Just Us Women’s Centre team deliver care packages each week during COVID-19 to participants.💙 This helps provide them with the things we all need to stay healthy, safe & at home right now, like 🥘 nutritious meals, 🧼 hygiene & feminine products, 📒 resources for coping with depression, distress, addiction, 📰COVID-19 updates, 🖍puzzles, books, and craft supplies, and 🍬 a treat or two!

Our participants need our support in more ways than ever before, and our staff are on the frontlines every day to be there for them. #HopeLivesHere✨

The Fortis Community Matters Project has made a generous contribution to our COVID-19 response, supporting our mission o...
05/13/2020

The Fortis Community Matters Project has made a generous contribution to our COVID-19 response, supporting our mission of transforming the lives of our community’s most vulnerable. We are so grateful for this gift of hope when we need it most.

Through its Community Matters Project, Fortis is donating $500,000 to 20 non-profit organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador to provide immediate financial support to frontline COVID-19 community responses. Thank you, Fortis, for your leadership and recognition of our collective need. #HopeLivesHere✨

Meet Jerry Rice. ⬇️ This was his costume one Halloween when he dressed up as someone you can count on! Clever - and also...
05/12/2020

Meet Jerry Rice. ⬇️ This was his costume one Halloween when he dressed up as someone you can count on! Clever - and also very true! Jerry is a Case Manager with our Community Support Program (CSP), seconded from Eastern Health. Jerry is an LPN and so we are wishing him and all nurses a very happy Nurses Week. 🎉

Jerry is incredibly dedicated to our CSP participants, working with people to help them increase their quality of life and become more independent on their recovery journey. Many people count on Jerry and we are absolutely delighted that he is on our team. Happy Nurses Week, Jerry! Thank you for everything you do! 🙏 #NursingWeek #InternationalNursesDay Registered Nurses' Union Newfoundland & Labrador

91. That's how many doorway visits our Community Support Program staff make in just one week during COVID-19 to safely s...
05/11/2020

91. That's how many doorway visits our Community Support Program staff make in just one week during COVID-19 to safely stay connected with our participants with complex mental health needs. 🏠

Our participants need more support than ever, in more ways than ever before. We're proud of our staff for demonstrating courage on the front lines every day to keep supporting them.

We are so appreciative of Her Honour The Honourable Lieutenant Governor Judy M. Foote’s support now, and through the ent...
05/08/2020

We are so appreciative of Her Honour The Honourable Lieutenant Governor Judy M. Foote’s support now, and through the entire year! It’s wonderful to have such generous neighbours committed to helping marginalized members of our community. #HopeLivesHere

Helping however & whenever we can #StaySafe

One participant shares how the 24/7 phone line at Emmanuel House has been a positive light in her life. #GivingTuesdayNo...
05/08/2020

One participant shares how the 24/7 phone line at Emmanuel House has been a positive light in her life. #GivingTuesdayNow may be over, but COVID-19 is not. Our participants will continue to struggle and we will continue to support them in more ways than ever before, not just through our programs and services, but also through connection and hope.✨#HopeLivesHere

We're celebrating the Canadian Mental Health Association NL's Mental Health Week tonight with the 3rd session of our Wom...
05/07/2020

We're celebrating the Canadian Mental Health Association NL's Mental Health Week tonight with the 3rd session of our Women's Mental Wellness Speaker Series session! Join our Director of Clinical Services, Denise Hillier, at our Facebook Event at 7pm, as she hosts The Woman's Tightrope of Work/Life Balance During COVID-19.💁🏼‍♀️

Stella's Circle staff Karen Pennell & Janet Meaney will help you #getreal about your mental health during these stressful times and teach you practical skills to improve your work/life balance during the added challenge of a global pandemic. 🌎

Start your Mothers' Day self-care early! No registration, no fee. Just some extra support from our staff to you to help look after your everyday mental wellness. Pour up a cup of tea, grab a yummy treat and tune in. Start a watch party and invite your book club, besties, sisters, colleagues or attend on your own! You'll be able to ask questions in the comments throughout the session:👇
https://www.facebook.com/events/251532246038665/ #mentalhealthmatters

We are absolutely thrilled by your generous support during #GivingTuesdayNow. We’re so grateful for your donations, your...
05/07/2020

We are absolutely thrilled by your generous support during #GivingTuesdayNow. We’re so grateful for your donations, your acts of gratitude, and your kind words. Your gifts give hope during these challenging times. They enable and empower our staff to keep supporting our community’s most vulnerable on the front lines.

Thank you for giving during such a difficult time for us all. We extend a heartfelt thank you to our Stella’s Circle Board of Directors and Stella’s Circle Foundation Board for leading the way with their inspired contributions.

As physical distancing measures continue, our participants will continue to struggle and we will continue to support them in more ways than ever before. Your generosity and continued support allows us to keep them safe - thank you! 🙏 #HopeLivesHere ✨

In the final hour of #GivingTuesdayNow, we are so grateful for all of the generosity shown today. Our COVID-19 relief ma...
05/06/2020

In the final hour of #GivingTuesdayNow, we are so grateful for all of the generosity shown today. Our COVID-19 relief match campaign comes to a close at midnight: bit.ly/givingtuesnow. Thank you to our Board of Directors and Foundation Board for your incredible leadership and belief in our COVID-19 response. Thank you to our community for rising when we need your help most. Together we give hope.✨#HopeLivesHere

One participant shares how grateful he is for our support. Your gift helps us continue to support all of our participant...
05/05/2020

One participant shares how grateful he is for our support. Your gift helps us continue to support all of our participants through COVID-19 and provide them with that vital sense of connection. Double your impact and double the hope when you give until midnight: bit.ly/givingtuesnow. Your gift is matched by our board members for #GivingTuesdayNow, up to $7000. Together We Help 🤝

6️⃣! Only 6 hours left to #GivingTuesdayNow! Donate now until midnight and your gift is matched: bit.ly/givingtuesnow. 6...
05/05/2020

6️⃣! Only 6 hours left to #GivingTuesdayNow! Donate now until midnight and your gift is matched: bit.ly/givingtuesnow. 6 is also the number of people we've helped find new employment during COVID-19 through Employment Services. These participants are now out working in essential positions, such as security and food production. We are so proud of their courage and determination to continue on their employment journey through such challenging times! #HopeLivesHere✨#RealWork

A participant shares how her mental health is suffering during COVID-19. We need your help now so that we can keep suppo...
05/05/2020

A participant shares how her mental health is suffering during COVID-19. We need your help now so that we can keep supporting her, and all of our participants, as the pandemic continues. Donate today and your gift is matched for #GivingTuesdayNow: bit.ly/givingtuesnow #HopeLivesHere✨

Dollar for dollar, your donation today is matched, up to $7000! The Stella's Circle Board of Directors and Stella’s Circ...
05/05/2020

Dollar for dollar, your donation today is matched, up to $7000! The Stella's Circle Board of Directors and Stella’s Circle Foundation Board so strongly believe in our mission and response to COVID-19 that they’ve increased the match from $5000 to $7000 for #GivingTuesdayNow: https://bit.ly/givingtuesnow. Together We Give.🤝 #HopeLivesHere

05/05/2020
Your gift of hope is matched today for #GivingTuesdayNow

Gail Thornhill, our Director of Housing Services, shares how the Brian Martin Housing Resource Centre has been a source of connection and hope for our participants during these difficult times. Donate to our COVID-19 response today and your gift is matched, doubling your impact: bit.ly/givingtuesnow #TogetherWeGive🤝#HopeLivesHere✨

Today is May 5 - #GivingTuesdayNow is here! Today, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power...
05/05/2020

Today is May 5 - #GivingTuesdayNow is here! Today, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection to strengthen communities through generosity, giving, and gratitude.

By joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together and help us heal. We all have gifts to give, and with social media, online giving, delivery, mail, and phones, there are limitless ways to use your generosity to support others. Here are just some of the ways you can celebrate:

📲Give: Go to bit.ly/givingtuesnow or call 738-7730 and donate. Today your gift is matched dollar for dollar, up to $7000!

🙏Show gratitude: Take time throughout the day to say thank you to an essential worker, or someone who’s shown you kindness during the pandemic. Pick up the phone, send a text, or surprise them with a treat from Hungry Heart Cafe & Catering!

📣Spread the word: Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact today by sharing what our mission means to you and why you support Stella’s Circle.

🌈Share hope: Decorate your windows with art or draw a chalk message in your driveway. Check on those who live alone and may need help with an errand. Hope isn't quarantined. Let's remind our community that #HopeLivesHere!

1400 ✴️The Hungry Heart Cafe & Catering has prepared 1400 nutritious meals for our own participants (and that's just so ...
05/04/2020
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1400 ✴️The Hungry Heart Cafe & Catering has prepared 1400 nutritious meals for our own participants (and that's just so far!) during COVID-19.

Thanks to Café patrons and donors who have given to our Meals Squared program, these individually packaged meals are being distributed to participants across all our programs to lessen hunger. Even former residents of Naomi Centre, our emergency shelter for young women, and Emmanuel House, our residential counselling facility, are able to stop by to receive a nutritious, contactless meal to-go.

Our participants need more support than ever, in more ways than ever before. And we need your help. Please donate during #GivingTuesdayNow: bit.ly/givingtuesnow. Until the end of May 5, your gift is matched dollar for dollar by our board members - doubling your impact, and doubling the hope. #TogetherWeHelp #HopeLivesHere✨

Donate and help Stella's Circle support people in changing their lives for the better by giving them opportunities to learn, to work, to recover, and to have secure homes and stable jobs. We also offer opportunities for social interaction and fellowship so that people can become active members of th...

Both the Stella's Circle Board of Directors and Stella's Circle Foundation Board have been unwavering in their support o...
05/04/2020

Both the Stella's Circle Board of Directors and Stella's Circle Foundation Board have been unwavering in their support of our COVID-19 response. They're matching your donations now until the end of May 5, up to $5000, doubling the impact of your gift. We're grateful for their incredible leadership and belief in our mission of transforming lives through Real Homes, Real Work, and Real Help.

Join us as we double the hope during #GivingTuesdayNow: https://bit.ly/givingtuesnow #TogetherWeGive #HopeLivesHere ✨

Pipers knows how to double the hope! They’ve generously donated a second freezer to support Hungry Heart Cafe & Catering...
05/04/2020

Pipers knows how to double the hope! They’ve generously donated a second freezer to support Hungry Heart Cafe & Catering’s COVID-19 response, helping address the increasing food security issues for our participants and other vulnerable people in our community. 🙌 Thank you, Pipers - we’re so grateful! 🙏
#TogetherWeThank #TogetherWeHelp

75. That's the % increase in phone calls Emmanuel House is now receiving. Already our residential counselling program, E...
05/04/2020

75. That's the % increase in phone calls Emmanuel House is now receiving. Already our residential counselling program, Emmanuel House also runs a 24/7 phone line for all of our participants. Staff are receiving 75% more calls during COVID-19 as the challenges for our participants continue to grow.
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The majority are calls from people who are struggling with maintaining abstinence from substances, given the removal of many of their ways of coping due to physical distancing measures. Many people are missing seeing their various social supports, adjusting to using Zoom for AA meetings, and feeling lonely in general - so they call to connect with someone.

Then there are the regular calls: asking for help with interpersonal challenges, financial worries, and more. The phone line receives a mix of the every day struggles of coping and then the added extra challenge of the pandemic.

Donate now to our #COVID19 response so that we can keep these participants connected to support and continue to give them real hope: bit.ly/givingtuesnow. Your gift is matched until May 5 by the Stella's Circle Board of Directors and Stella's Circle Foundation Board, up to $5000. Double your impact, double the hope.✨

#GivingTuesdayNow #HopeLivesHere #COVIDstats

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Hope Lives Here

Stella’s Circle transforms lives by offering Real Homes, Real Help and Real Work. We work with people who face many barriers from fully participating in their community. These barriers include mental illness, addictions, trauma, criminal justice involvement, homelessness and long periods of unemployment. A Home. A Job. A Community. That’s what we all want.

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