Our History

In 1972-73

The first homes in the residential community of Malvern were built. As the population grew over the next 10 years, community services struggled to keep up. Public transportation links were poor, and social support programs non-existent.
In 1972-73

In 1982​

A survey of Malvern’s social services was undertaken with over 800 residents. Building off of that initial survey, community meetings pushed for the development of a non-profit hub that would provide multi-service support for residents. Over the next several months, the plan for what would become the Malvern Family Resource Centre emerged and a volunteer Board of Directors was struck.
In 1982​

In 1982​

MFRC opened in the basement of the Malvern Presbyterian Church and the Church of the Nativity.
In 1982​

In 1986​

Girmalla Persaud was hired as MFRC’s Executive Director. Over the next several years, together with community members, the team grew program offerings to include EarlyON and after-school programs, youth and women’s focused programs and senior’s and food security programs
In 1986​

In 2014​

Through a grant from the Ontario Government, MFRC moved into a brand-new building at 90 Littles Road.
In 2014​

In 2023

MFRC'S children’s program supports young
and school-aged children to get a great start.
Our Malvern Urban Farm drives fresh food access, with our Youth Hub providing a safe and welcoming space for young people to connect.

Our newcomer programs engage and support new community members, and our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility team delivers targeted programming that focuses on building more equitable and just communities.
In 2023

Currently​

We offer counseling and resources for survivors of gender-based violence and our older adult members engage in social, educational, physical, and mental wellness programs.

Finally, we use the agency that we gain from engaging in these, and other frontline programs, to elevate the voices of Malvern and Scarborough community members as we know that system and policy change are the ultimate levers to promote equity.
Currently​

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