Turk Fellowship Home

Type of Service

Support Within Housing - Mental Health

Program Description

Chai Tikvah's philosophy is based upon the premise that in a supportive, home-like, cooperative environment, members will be able to practice, experience and improve their living skills. Our staff is from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Varied knowledge, outlooks, expertise and skills combine in a team approach to promote a wide array of services and program activities for members. Staff focuses on developing interests, talents and strengths. Our program aims to assist members in improving their abilities to care for themselves in the community; build self-esteem and confidence, educate members with respect to stress management and coping tools, improve social interactions with family and friends, and educate and involve the community regarding mental health and supportive housing. Members are encouraged to be actively involved in planning programs and operating the house as a means to instil self-confidence and help them to assume greater responsibility. The Jerry Turk fellowship house operates on a reality-based rehabilitation approach. Staff assists the members to improve practical skills such as cooking, money management, household cleaning, personal hygiene, group decision making, individual goal setting and use of medication. Members plan and participate in house meetings and group outings. They also attend individual programs outside the house. In order to help members cope with mental illness, staff provides education regarding the illness, signs and symptoms, medication, etc. Members are encouraged to discuss feelings regarding their illnesses in individual and group programs. Chai Tikvah acknowledges the importance of family ties, staff helps members and families improve mutual communication and interaction skills. In order to help members retain and develop their Jewish cultural identities, the home observes Jewish tradition, such as kosher food laws and festivals. Participation at community facilities such as the J.C.C. and synagogues are also encouraged. Average length of stay is 10 to 15 years, to an indefinite period of time.

Access Information

Referrals accepted from self, family or professionals. Referral is through The Access Point. Clients must be stable on medication and be cognitively or emotionally impaired, due to mental illness and under the care of a psychiatrist. Clients must be stabilized, willing and able to learn living skills, potential for rehabilitation. No waiting list, only advertised if there is an opening. Ten page application. Initial staff interview, followed by house visit for acceptable applicant.

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 416-640-1934

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Municipalities: (Toronto)
Wheelchair Access No


Policy Allowed
Note Outside.


English Hebrew


Main Hours

Monday 0000-2400
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