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Mission Statement Copy

Gabriel Holt

About Us
Established in 2015, Starling House is a registered non-profit organization that provides
addiction/substance use support for young adults (ages 18-29) who live in the GTA.

Starling House services include peer support groups, individual counselling, psychiatric
assessments, medical consultations, harm reduction services, and case management
services. Our staff consists of registered mental health professionals, including social
workers, social service workers, a psychiatrist, and a nurse practitioner.

Our programs aim to fill gaps in services for Toronto youth who struggle with addictions.
Our approach to substance use support is rooted in a framework of harm reduction, social
justice, and anti-oppression.

Our Values
Harm reduction is an approach to substance use that does not require abstinence from
substances but rather attempts to minimize harmful effects from substance use.

This means that we do not require our clients to remain abstinent from substances
in order to access services.

Social justice and anti-oppression are approaches that recognize the inequities in our
society and attempt to lessen them by empowering marginalized communities.

This means that we prioritize the needs of youth who identify as members of
marginalized communities.

We know that addiction/substance use affects youth who represent the full diversity of
Toronto’s population. We offer specific programming for youth from communities who
may face additional barriers to accessing substance use supports. This programming
includes groups for Indigenous youth, LGBTQ2SA+ youth, newcomer youth, racialized
youth, homeless/marginally-housed youth, and youth who identify with disability.

The Land
Our building is in in the Parkdale neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, near Queen Street
West and Lansdowne Avenue. Our building is fully wheelchair-accessible. We acknowledge
that we operate on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the
Anishinaabe Nation and the current treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit
First Nation.