In Good Company
In Good Company provides a coordinated visiting program for individuals seeking emotional, spiritual and social support in the Greater Toronto Area.
My illness is very isolating, therefore it is a real comfort to have a visit in a week when I may not see anyone else at all. — a client
Would you like to be visited, or know someone who would?
Our goal is to provide a visiting service that will assist in maintaining and extending independence. By providing the opportunity to interact socially with members of the community, we hope to enhance quality of life. We want to enable a mutually supportive and stimulating social relationship for both clients and visiting volunteers, and we value a quality of presence that is compassionate, hospitable, and nourishes body, mind and spirit.
Services may include:
- Regular home visits
- Safety reassurance calls
- Short outings
- Occasional shopping trips
Would you like to be a visitor?
We have developed a training program for people who are friendly visitors. This one-day session deals with issues such as listening skills, boundaries, mental health, grief and loss, and dealing with the elderly. Our training program is available on request to individuals and community groups.
Self and third-party referrals are welcome!
Assessment: The Director will meet with the individual in her/his home to gather information that will help to ensure a successful match with a volunteer.
Matching: Every effort is made to create a meaningful match between the volunteer and the individual, which will benefit both parties. Our volunteers are carefully screened and supported.
An In Good Company Story
As a volunteer ‘In Good Company,’ I’ve gained awareness, humility, joy and gratefulness. — Lydia, a volunteer
Lydia—a long-time Toronto resident originally from the Philippines—was also a long-standing volunteer at Mustard Seed where she taught other women to share her passion and expertise in beading, Chinese knotting and jewellery making. When she retired, Lydia also began to volunteer at another ministry, In Good Company, where she lends a helping hand through visiting and friendly interactions. Lydia says that participating in this way has changed her life in a meaningful way. “In my spiritual journey, I find service to others and helping people in need assists me to mature and to keep growing spiritually. It has helped me to become more aware of the needs of the community and how I can make a difference, no matter how small.”
Last fiscal year, In Good Company trained 93 volunteers for the ministry and other agencies. These well trained volunteers will help to meet the growing demand for supportive companionship addressed by this ministry and other agencies in the city.
Please contact us for information, referrals and enquiries:
416-465-6069 (Fax 416-465-6744)
791 Queen St E
Toronto ON M4M 1H6
How In Good Company Came to Be
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto identified a need in people who, through age or disability, have limited ability to interact and socialize with others.
Fontbonne Ministries offers diverse programs that are welcoming and inclusive. The charity was founded in 2000 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a community of women who, through their compassionate presence, respond to various needs. Fontbonne Ministries continues, with the Sisters, their mission of reflecting the love of God and neighbour.