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Catholic Family Services of Durham (CFSD) was founded in 1981 when Reverend
Paul Lennon of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto suggested opening
a community service agency to provide help to the people of Durham Region.  The
Board of Directors hired Sister Patricia Grant, who was to be the only Executive
Director for the first 23 years of the agency.  Her first “office”, thanks to Father
Bernard Canning, was in the basement of St. Gertrude’s Church and, as she hired
social workers, she moved to the house on the parking lot of the church.  As the
agency expanded, it became necessary to move again, this time to Simcoe Street
South across from Memorial Park.  We now have offices in Oshawa, Ajax, and Port
Perry. The agency has always provided services to the entire community,
regardless of religious beliefs.  The current Executive Director is Elizabeth Pierce.

CFSD is accredited with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, and is a member
agency of Catholic Charities (funded by ShareLife) and United Way of Durham
Region. We receive our core funding from these organizations and the Province of
Ontario.  The funding from the Province of Ontario assists over 1300 abused
women and their families.  Clients are asked to pay fees on a sliding scale, but no-
one is ever denied service due to inability to pay. We also hold an annual
fundraiser in February, the Heart to Heart Gala, which is a very special evening
where the community comes together to celebrate and raise money in support of
our services.

Our counsellors all have Master’s degrees or the equivalent. Our desire is to stand
in solidarity with those experiencing difficulties and assist them in their healing
journey through individual, couple, family and group counselling, addressing a wide
variety of presenting problems. 

About us

We're here for you.  /  Nous sommes  là pour vous
Contact us at 905-725-3513 or Toll Free: 1-877-282-8932


Looking ahead, here is our new Strategic Plan for 2016 - 2021
province of ontario logo links to province website
united way logo links to united way website
catholic charities logo links to catholic charities website
Our Funders                                                                                                                               
A Catholic Charities agency supported by ShareLife