About Us

About the House

The Kingston Community House at 99 York is a not-for-profit organization providing safe, inclusive meeting space for community groups and organizations. For 33 years our house — your house — has been providing low-cost meeting spaces for hundreds of groups, allowing like-minded people to come together to learn from one another, share resources, and trade skills. Located in downtown Kingston, this welcoming facility operates 7 days a week, serving the Kingston community. We are operated by a volunteer board.

We believe that everyone has the capacity to take responsibility for themselves given the proper tools and encouragement. An integral part of the neighbourhood, a typical day at Kingston Community House could include a cooking class, a meditation group, a social justice movie and an autism support group. Or, an art class, English lessons, and a 12-step program.

We want this house to be an integral part of the neighbourhood, operated in a collective, cooperative manner, responding to the needs and desires of the membership, and the community we share. We want to provide a focus for individuals and groups who are willing to work together for a more self- reliant lifestyle, based not on consumer goods, but on enriching human relationships and communities. The house opened in 1983 and has been going strong for 33 years.

Please drop in and see the house, talk to our coordinator, and see for yourself. Kingston Community House is a welcoming space for your group or organization!

Governance

The Kingston Community House for Self Reliance is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization with charitable status. Each year, at our annual general meeting a board of directors is elected from our membership. Both groups and individuals can be members. The board operates with an executive of president, treasurer, and secretary. Committees work on budget & finance, fundraising, membership issues, outreach and operational contracts. The annual budget is $35-$40,000.

Board

Rachel Abs, President
Eric de Domenico, Treasurer
Carla Stewart, Secretary
Louise Alexander
Bruce Downey
Elinor Rush

Harold Pickering, Coordinator & Cleaner