In September 1987, Frontlines opened its doors to children and youth in Weston, offering them a safe place to “hang out” away from the streets. The first Director and Founder of this community centre was Tim Huff who saw a need and approached the Weston Park Baptist Church and Youth For Christ (Youth Unlimited Toronto) to partner in establishing the drop-in centre. An avid musician, Tim was able to use music to engage the youth in the initial stages. From since then, Frontlines has been known in the community as a safe place – a haven – for children and youth, and a place that welcomes everyone. This became the hallmark of Frontlines.
Started as a drop-in centre that focused primarily on music, Frontlines has grown by offering a variety of programs to hundreds of children and youth from Weston and surrounding neighborhoods . Our programs and services range from homework clubs to employment programs; all in a quest to make the lives of our participants better and; the community safer.
At Frontlines, we value each and every child, youth, parent, staff, volunteers, donors and all other stakeholders. We believe in community and stay true to our core guiding principles. As we embark on 30 years of service in the community, we seek to sow seeds of greatness and excellence in all that we do.
One of the most important aspects of programming at Frontlines is giving the youth opportunities and opening up possibilities for them. They are encouraged to participate in projects within the community such as picking up garbage and beautifying their surroundings by removing graffiti, and many of them embraced the opportunity, demonstrating a willingness to be involved.
Frontlines is located at 1844 Weston Road. The space is shared with the Weston Area Emergency Support (WAES) food bank which provides assistance for many of the families that participate in our programs.The property is owned the Weston Park Baptist Church. We now have a satellite location at 1765 Weston Road.