To participate in programs: Just come to the Pinecrest Terrace Community House to fill out a family membership form and any related program registration forms.


Unless otherwise indicated, all programs and services are aimed at serving tenants of the Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhood of Pinecrest Terrace and families from the surrounding area who use our food bank services.  


To learn more about what is offered please contact the Community House directly at 613-596-6703.

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Pinecrest Terrace Community House​Programs

Kids' Programs at PTCH


Kids' Club: Is an after-school program for children from Grades 1-5 which runs weeknights during the school year. The program includes indoor and outdoor activities, snacks, as well as homework help. Children will be walked home after programs. This program is free and is normally available from September until June. Childrens' summer programs are offered in July and August (check in with the Community House for details).  

This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.


Make it Club: This program is currently aimed at children (grades 3-5). The activities offered in this program focus on fun ways of learning science and technology. Activities involve building simple robotics, coding, creating catapults, working with circuits and kitchen chemistry (to name just a few).

This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.


ELF reading Program: The Excellence in Literacy Foundation (ELF) is an English literacy development program offered to children in grades 1 to 5. Through this weekly program, children receive personalized help with reading and writing. We strive for a ratio of 1 adult for every 1 to 2 children to ensure the lessons are specialized to the child's skill level and learning needs. 

This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.


Snack-E-Sac: This program is offered once or twice per week throughout the school year. Children stop by the Community House to pick up a brown bag of snacks to take with them to school the next day. Snacks include apples, carrots, yogurt, apple sauce, granola snack and when funding is available, sandwiches too.

This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.


I Love To Programs: Throughout the year, the Community House partners with the "I Love to" Programs to offer sports programs. These include soccer, skating, swimming and dance programs. Programs are seasonal. What is offered may vary from year to year. These programs often end with a big tournament, a special event or a public performance.  

This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.


​​Adolescent Programs at PTCH


United Sisters: ​United Sisters is an early intervention program for Ottawa girls aged 10 to 15.  The overall goal of the program is to provide opportunities for young girls to develop the skills to be confident, independent, and active members of their communities. Attendees take part in a wide range of fun activities, including arts and crafts, games, movies, cooking, workshops and special outings. Activities change from week to week to keep things fresh and exciting, and it’s a great way to make friends and share amazing experiences. Girls interested in giving United Sisters a look can come to any session, and there’s no registration or commitment required.

This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to girls who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and girls who have families who use our food bank services. The program is free.


Keeping Youth Connected: This is an after-school program for Community Youth in Grades 6-9, which has been offered from 2015-2019. As of the Spring of 2019, the program is on hold. We will offer this program again if and when new funding becomes available. This program involved youth coming to the community house several times a week to take part in indoor and outdoor activities, leadership, social recreation, and academic support. There is no cost for this program.

This program will be on hold as of the Spring of 2019 and will be offered again if funding becomes available. 


Youth Art Project: This program is offered very occasionally when funding is available. It was offered in the Spring of 2019 for youth in grades 6-12. High School volunteer hours were be earned for participating in this program. The project was led by a professional artist on Friday evenings. No experience required. There is no cost for this program, all supplies are provided. 
This program will be on hold as of the Spring of 2019 and will be offered again if funding becomes available. 


High School Volunteer Hours:
 Throughout the year we have opportunities for high school students do volunteer work to receive credit for the volunteer hours (required for high school graduation). If you are interested in this or have any questions please feel free to call the Community House at 613-596-6703.


Adult and Family Programs at PTCH


Family Excursion: The Pinecrest Terrace Community House organizes family excursions to explore Ottawa and the surrounding area. This allows families in the community to spend quality time together while making memories. All costs are covered and transportation is provided. Some past family excursions have been to the sugar bush, the National Art Gallery, Gatineau Park, a Pow Wow, an arena for skating, and to Upper Canada Village.

This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to families who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.


RecLINK Drop In: RecLink is a program to help families access sports and recreational programs for their children (aged 6-18). The RecLink Family Coordinator who comes to the Community House every week, helps parents overcome problems (cost, language barriers, transportation) that would otherwise prevent children from participating in organized physical activities. 

​This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to parents who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.


Mobile Market: The Mobile Market is a trailer that comes to the Community every second Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm to sell fresh fruit and vegetables at an affordable cost. They accept cash, debit or credit cards. The Pinecrest Terrace Community Mobile Market is located near OCH parking on Elmira Drive. Bags are not provided therefore if you require bags, please bring them. They offer organic and nonorganic foods.

This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to anyone, regardless of where they live.


Adult Art program: Whenever funding is available, the Community House offers an adult art project led by a professional artist. Adults in the community work together to create a unique artwork to be displayed permanently in the community. No experience necessary to participate. There is no cost for this program, all supplies are provided. 

This program will be on hold as of the Spring of 2019 and will be offered again if funding becomes available. 

Adult Coffee Drop In: Enjoy free coffee/tea and some treats while chatting with your neighbours, once every two weeks while the kids are at school. Check the current calendar for upcoming dates. 

This program offered to people who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for those who use our food bank services. It is free.


​Food Bank: The Pinecrest Terrace Foodbank is open on Mondays (6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.), Wednesdays (1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.) and Fridays (9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.). We are not open the first Monday of each month and not open on statutory holidays. If you are a new client, please visit the Ottawa Food Bank website to know which food bank you are meant to go to based on your address. The Pinecrest Terrace Food Bank serves the Pinecrest Terrace neighbourhood and a specific area that surrounds Pinecrest Terrace. The link to find this information is http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/get-help

​This program is run almost entirely by volunteers and in partnership with the Ottawa Food Bank. This program offered to anyone who needs food who lives within our foodbank catchment area.


Soup lunch program:During the colder months, the Food Bank offers a soup lunch on Wednesdays. The soup varies every week. The soup is prepared and served by community and church volunteers. 

This program offered to people who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for those who use our food bank services. It is free.


Community Events: Throughout the year Community House staff works with volunteers and partners to plan and host a variety of community celebrations and gatherings that break isolation and encourage community members to build positive relationships with one another. Special events include our annual holiday party in December, barbecues in the Spring/Summer/Fall, Iftar Celebration during Ramadan, Mother's Day, Halloween and Multiculturalism/Canada Day. These events are free and wonderful opportunities to bring people together in the community. 

The special events that we offer are dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. Most events are offered to anyone, regardless of where they live, but some may be restricted due to budget limitations. Certain events may require an RSVP (to reserve your seating) due to space/food limitations.

  

Garden Group: Pinecrest Terrace has a medium sized plot which becomes a thriving garden during the summer months. Community members form the planning and gardening collective responsible for creating this magic. New members are welcome to join every spring. The group has traditionally chosen to garden collectively rather than divide the garden into separate plots. Much of the produce from the garden in previous years has been donated to the food bank. The garden collective is primarily made up of adults from Pinecrest Terrace but there are some opportunities to involve children in the neighbourhood as well. No experience necessary. 

​The resources available for this program vary based on funding available. This program offered to primarily to people who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace. It may be possible for those who use our food bank services if the group is not already at maximum capacity. It is free.


Bread Give Away: Thanks to an ongoing partnership with a few local grocery stores and bakeries, we are able to offer donated day-old baked goods for the public to pick up. We receive two shipments a week including a variety of breads, buns, croissants, and desserts. These items can be found in a large plastic bin on the main floor of the Community House. Please bring your own bags. No cost for this program. 

This program is dependent on our ongoing partnership with local businesses. This program offered to anyone who needs bread. Children and youth are only able to pick up breads and desserts with written parental consent.  


Drop-ins: We are a welcoming space right in the neighbourhood where the tenants from Pinecrest Terrace Community and residents from the surrounding area can access computers, scanners and printers. Our staff and volunteer team help community members learn about programs and services available to them and help refer them to other organizations. Please refer to the monthly calendar for dates and times we recommend for drop-ins.  ​

This program offered to people who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for those who use our food bank services. It is free.


Support in hard-times and crisis: Although we are not crisis support workers or councillors, Community House staff does all we can for the community in times of crisis. Tenants often use us as the first point of contact when they are in need of help. We are honoured to be are a permanent fixture in the Pinecrest Terrace Community and happy to provide a meeting place for the whole community in the good times and the bad. We have spent years developing relationships of trust with all of our neighbours and foodbank customers, and as such, are uniquely positioned to offer trusted support, referrals, and a liaison with other agencies when crisis arise (natural disasters, family or personal difficulties, violence, fire). 
This program offered to people who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for those who use our food bank services. It is free.


Tenant Circle Meeting: All Pinecrest Terrace Tenants are invited to join the Pinecrest Terrace Tenant Circle. At the meetings, tenants and Community House Staff come together to share ideas and plan together. The Tenant Circle offers a space for community members to become active in planning and carrying out community events. Participants also work together to identify and address community concerns. Tenant Circle meeting happens almost every month, please check the monthly calendar for the dates and times. 

This program offered to people who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and volunteers. It is free.


Pinecrest Terrace New Tenant Welcome Basket: In 2018, Pinecrest Terrace began delivering welcome baskets to new tenants that move into the Pinecrest Terrace Community to make them feel welcome and to introduce them to the Community House programs and services. The basket is full of non-perishable food items and household supplies. 
This program offered to families when the first move into the Pinecrest Terrace community. It is free.


​Caring and Sharing Backpack program: Between May and Mid July each year, the Community House staff helps community members register for the "Sharing in Student Success" back to school supplies program, through the Caring and Sharing program. There are limited supplies and so it is in your best interest to register early. There is no guarantee that your child will receive a backpack and supplies, but registering early will increase your chances. Contact the Community House for more information. 

This program is dependant on an ongoing partnership with the Caring and Sharing. This program offered to people who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for those who use our food bank services. It is free.


Caring and Sharing Christmas Hamper and Voucher program: Between the beginning of October and Mid-November, the Community House staff help community members register for either a Christmas hamper (basket) of food or a store voucher, through the Caring and Sharing program. There are limited supplies so it is in your best interest to register early. We are unable to guarantee that you will receive anything but registering early will increase your chances. Contact the Community House for more information. 

​This program is dependant on an ongoing partnership with the Caring and Sharing. This program offered to people who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for those who use our food bank services. It is free.​