It was late in the year 1926 as industrialist Charles
Johnson sat in his Ville St. Pierre office. He was thinking of his
employees, many of whom were living in the area we now know as
Little Burgundy. Johnson had a strong social conscience. He was
concerned with the workers' material, social, moral and spiritual
welfare. A man of action, Johnson approached Montreal Presbyterian
community with his plan for a "settlement house" to keep
the children off the street and the need for a structure and
financing to support it. Motivated and persuasive, he came away
with a grant of $100 from his colleagues to cover the first year's
operation. With this and the support of the Johnson family,
Tyndale House came into being in early 1927 in the area of des
Seigneurs and Notre Dame Streets. In the 1970's the Anglican
Diocese of Montreal joined The Presbyterian Church in Canada in
support of Tyndale which then became known as Tyndale St-Georges.
From the outset, Tyndale
House focused on services for youth. It has never lost that
emphasis, while broadening its sphere of activities to meet the
needs of the surrounding community. It has been instrumental in
the creation of offshoot services: Le Garde-Manger pour tous,
Youth in Motion, the Little Burgundy Council, the Coalition de la
Petite-Bourgogne, the Little Burgundy Festival, Action Refugee
Montreal and most recently the CPE Tyndale St-Georges, a
subsidized day-care centre.
In keeping with its past,
Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre continues to work as a
not-for-profit charitable organization, providing services to more
than 2,000 members of the Little Burgundy community through
programs extending from pre-school to adult development without
regard to race or religious affiliation. Our aspiration is to aid
individuals and families, to lives of greater self-reliance and
fulfilment. Through educational, cultural, social, and
recreational programs we provide encouragement, tools,
opportunities, and support.
The Tyndale St-Georges (TSG)
Community Centre in Richmond Square is a beacon of hope for over
2,000 Montrealers. For 75 years our programs have offered a unique
opportunity to move toward a fuller life.
The community we serve faces
40 per cent of the
population are recent immigrants and refugees.
10,000 people live in
More than 50 per cent are
living below the poverty level.
The unemployment rate is
18 per cent; among youth, it is 33 per cent.
57 per cent of all
families are on social assistance.
40 per cent of families
are headed by a single parent.
(Source: Portrait de
Quartier, CLSC St-Henri, 1999)
The people who use the services of TSG are mainly members of
visible minorities from the Caribbean, Asia, South America and
Africa. They are families with young children, new Canadians
unfamiliar with the culture and the workplace in our country, and
they experience great difficulties in adapting to a new way of
life in Montreal. Over the years tens of thousands of young
Montrealers have been helped to a better start in life at Tyndale
St-Georges. We provide services without regard to race or
TSG's goal is to empower
individuals and families to move towards lives of greater
self-worth through education in a supportive environment.
The centre offers a
comprehensive choice of essential educational services to the
The Language Training Program, offered in collaboration with
Concordia University, provides English language classes, primarily
to the immigrant and refugee community in Montreal. Each year, the
program attracts more than 600 participants from 90 countries.
While the primary goal of this program is to provide quality
language instruction, we also help the participants make new
friends and facilitate their integration into Canadian society.
New classes are continually being added to improve the
participants' knowledge and pronunciation. Recently, a new course
was introduced to better prepare the
students writing the university entrance exam. This program has
grown by 300 students over the last two years, but the resources
have remained the same: one full-time staff and 30 volunteer
student and retired teachers.
Additional funds are
urgently needed to cope with the need for specialized aspects of
language construction and to develop more structured approaches
for the social integration of immigrants and refugees.
Language class at Tyndale, 2003
Early childhood education
for children under 6 years old.
After-school programs for
children from 6 to 14 years old.
Cultural and recreational
activities for children and teenagers from 6 to 15 years old.
Today over 2,000 people use
our services every year.
The programs at Tyndale
St-Georges strongly influence the health and safety of the whole
community in Little Burgundy.
876 Carre Richmond Square
Montreal, QC H3J 1V7
Tel: (514) 931-6265 Ext. 31
Fax: (514) 931-1343