History

A History of Service

Originally called the Downtown Churchworkers’ Association, the organization was founded by Canon R.J. Moore in 1912, an Anglican Minister, to address the needs of Toronto’ s families living in the downtown slums at the turn of the century. Robert Moore and his volunteers designed and ran programs that addressed the practical necessities of life for these families including providing coal, food, clothing, Christmas help and even supplying a much-needed trip to the country to relieve the grinding poverty, disease and hopelessness of slum dwelling.

Evolving to Meet Changing Need

Over the years, the organization’s programs evolved to meet the social, recreational and economic needs of the day. In the mid-1990’s, DCA/Moorelands chose to focus exclusively on children and youth living in poverty and in 2001 the name was changed to Moorelands Community Services to better reflect the independent, multicultural, multi-faith and multi-ethnic community service it had become, while still honouring its inspired beginnings.

history of Moorelands
Campers in the 1930s
campers in enjoying the lunch dining hall
Campers enjoying lunch, 1963

A New Chapter

In 2018 we rebranded as Moorelands Kids to reflect our compelling yet simple vision of our future – we believe Moorelands Kids is inspiring and it points to a clear direction of what we expect Moorelands to be doing in our second 100 years.

Empowering Kids to Transform Their Lives

Today we focus on empowering kids from low-income neighbourhoods through leadership development programs. We operate Moorelands Camp (established in 1917) in the Algonquin Highlands throughout the summer, in addition to providing year-round support through our after-school leadership programs (BLASTLED and VITAL) and family programs (Baby Bundles and Christmas Sharing).

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An Update from Lynda on COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and public health advice to stay at home, Moorelands Kids’ office staff are working remotely and our office will be virtual from Monday March 16th to Thursday, April 30th. After-school programs will not run. Staff members are available by email or phone. Please visit our contact page to get in touch via email or our staff directory for a list of phone numbers.

We continue to accept applications for Moorelands Camp 2020. If you would like to make a donation, please click here or call: 416-466-9987 ext. 309.

New Virtual Programs Launch!

We're excited to launch virtual leadership programs while TDSB schools are closed. Check them out here: Virtual Programs.

If you need information on COVID-19 or health advice, please visit Toronto Public Health’s website. Moorelands Kids will continue to post updates about our services as the situation evolves.

Stay safe and healthy,

Lynda Tilley, Executive Director | Moorelands Kids