Vita Manor began in 1989 as a project to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Peel Regional Catholic Women’s League (C.W.L.). A committee, made up of representatives from the C.W.L. and the Knights of Columbus #5523, John F. Kennedy Council (JFK Council), formed to research the possibility of creating a maternity resource centre in Dufferin-Peel.
In 1990, it was decided that the name of the organization would be Vita Manor, and by 1991, the organization attained charitable status. Thanks to the first two successful dinner dance fundraisers, and a pledge from the JFK Council to donate $200,000 over 5 years, Vita Manor was able to purchase a house at 34 Vantage Circle in Mississauga on October 31, 1992.
After much discussion and reflection, the board of directors adopted to change its operational direction with regards to service delivery, and as a result, it was determined that the residence service would be discontinued and the house was subsequently sold in 2008. This new service delivery model would allow Vita to venture into new areas of enhanced and wider reaching youth support and programming. At that same time, Vita adopted its new name, Vita Centre. In December 2010, it relocated once again to its current location at 75 Watline Avenue in Mississauga.
Presently, Vita Centre provides assistance to more than 600 pregnant and parenting youth between the ages of 15 and 30 in Peel Region. Through its various counselling and youth centered programs, clients are able to make positive decisions for themselves and their child, are connected to community resources, helped to complete their education, attend parenting classes and are even provided with tangible supplies to help them with their parenting journey.
The demand for resources for pregnant and parenting youth in Peel region is growing, and Vita Centre is expanding with it. We appreciate all of the support from the community and continue to need your help even more today.