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Welcome to the Stella’s Circle blog, where you’ll find news, stories and regular updates about our organization and our community partners, employees, friends and participants.



Narrowing the Digital Divide

By Kelly Guitard (Research Project Coordinator, NLWIC), Jessica Lee-Middleman (Adult Basic Education Instructor), and Alyssa King (Employment Counselor) at Employment Services, Stella’s Circle International Literacy Day, September 8, is upon us with a focus on “Narrowing the Digital Divide.” The World Literacy Foundation defines digital literacy as “the ability to use information and communication technologies… Read more »


In Strength and Solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community

On my forehead, about an inch above my left eye, is a faded scar. In the early hours of March 22, 1989, I was walking home on a well-lit street from Kingston Ontario’s only gay bar. Amid a barrage of homophobic slurs, I was attacked from behind and ended up receiving twenty-eight stiches to close the wound.


The Courage to Address Racism

I’m a 40-year-old man writing about something that happened when I was 15. These things stay with people forever. I remember feeling so ashamed that I didn’t say anything. I actually thought I wasn’t black enough to be offended by that. Being of mixed race I’ve had an identity crisis my entire life.


Recognizing International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

In December 1992, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared October 17th as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. At Stella’s Circle, we appreciate this as a day to raise awareness about the need to end global poverty in all its forms everywhere. It’s an invitation to governments, non-governmental organizations and citizens to assist in this essential… Read more »


Looking in the Mirror During COVID Times: Who’s Looking Back?

I started the beginning of our pandemic response talking about stockpiling of toilet paper. While that topic might have dominated many conversations early in our collective pandemic response, more substantial subjects that have traditionally received superficial or fleeting discussions in the public sphere, are now widely debated. More than ever before, we are talking about mental health, guaranteed income, food insecurity, housing, living wages, racism and the role of women.


A Balanced Approach Grounded in Facts – Services Listing June 8, 2020

Our response to COVID-19 is the most important issue at the moment. Guided by our values, we continue to respond quickly as this situation evolves. Our operations respect the wisdom and recommendations of government and health authorities. At the same time, we will respect the needs of our participants with a focus on helping them… Read more »


Who’s Not Stockpiling Toilet Paper?

Do you know who’s not stockpiling toilet paper during the COVID-19 pandemic? Marginalized populations like participants who receive services from Stella’s Circle. They’re not even stockpiling food, mostly because they are not in such a privileged position to be able to do so. Stella’s Circle works with people who face barriers such as mental illness,… Read more »


A Look at Criminalized Women Services at Stella’s Circle

International Women’s Day is a time to recognize the achievements of women and raise awareness of the work to be done. Stella’s Circle offers two women programs, the Just Us Women’s Centre, and Naomi Centre. The Just Us Women’s Centre which works with criminalized women both at our building at Rawlins Cross in St. John’s… Read more »



Stella’s Circle Participant Wish List

This time of year we receive many inquiries about the needs of the participants we work with in our community. If you’re looking for ideas, check out this wish list for some suggestions of items that would be appreciated. Items can be dropped at a few Stella’s Circle locations (details listed on the bottom of… Read more »