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Warmth and respect for a new start

Clothing Showers Laundry Warmth and respect for a new start It was a Wednesday in the middle of November. The temperature had begun to dip into the single digits, indicating that colder weather was on the way. That’s when three young ladies came to the CRC Clothing Program: “Veronica” the oldest sister, “Sharon”, the middle, […]

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With dignity and respect – Saifuddin Ahmed

If you come to CRC’s Clothing Program on Fridays, you will be warmly greeted at the clothing reception desk by Saifuddin Ahmed. He will assist you with making an appointment for our clothing, laundry, or shower services. If you are scheduled to access the clothing room that day, he will sign you in and ask […]

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Honouring CRC’s Volunteer Driver of 22 Years

Chuck Grimbleby, CRC’s longtime volunteer driver, was one of 25 people from across Toronto recently honoured with a Volunteer Toronto Legacy Award. On the evening of Monday, April 11th, Volunteer Toronto kicked off National Volunteer Week with their Legacy Award ceremony at City Hall. At the event, Chuck was honoured for the extraordinary service and […]

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Marilyn Wright: Companion of CRC 2015

In 2008, Marilyn and her husband attended a Dine & Discover in the basement of the old CRC church building. She was hooked. Since then she has been a tireless champion of CRC and the Regent Park community. Marilyn has contributed her extensive experience as a fundraiser and organizer to every one of CRC’s fund […]

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Phil Nazar: Companion of CRC 2015

Phil faithfully served CRC as an employee for over 15 years. He lived and breathed CRC’s mission with each responsibility he assumed. Typically, he would step in, take on monumental jobs, and never complain. Phil was a perfect fit for what participants at CRC needed – someone who could see them, not judge them, and […]

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Jannie Mills: Companion of CRC 2015

Jannie Mills is a champion of social justice which is reflected in all that she does. CRC’s building, 40 Oaks, would not have happened without some key individuals. One of those is Jannie. As Chair of the Outreach Committee at St. James-Bond United Church (before it amalgamated with Fairlawn Avenue United Church), Jannie advocated that […]

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John Metson: Companion of CRC 2015

John became the founding Executive Director of the CRC in 1964. His task was to establish a creative space that would be the presence of the United Church among people who were experiencing poverty in Toronto. He envisioned a ministry that would offer people resources to create change for themselves and in doing so connect […]

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Volunteering Through Adversity

Volunteer Program Volunteering Through Adversity Everything changed for Rick Nelson in 2013, when he suffered a stroke. The stroke made it difficult for him to continue with his volunteer duties in the kitchen the way he used to. After briefly leaving CRC, Rick returned in a new position, volunteering at the reception desk. It was supposed […]

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Building Community: Good Food Kitchens

Volunteer Program Building Community: Good Food Kitchens This article was originally posted on Global Locavore by Lauren Bishop. You can follow Lauren’s travels and stories about people who grow, create, and eat good food on Facebook or Twitter @GlobalLocavore. I’m standing in a busy, chaotic kitchen. The chef runs back and forth between a steamer, a grill […]

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Laughter and new friends at the Seniors’ Community Kitchen

Food Skills Program Laughter and new friends at the Seniors’ Community Kitchen Everybody who comes to the Friday Seniors’ Community Kitchen knows Mary Brown. One sunny afternoon in May before the workshop was to begin, she sat up front by the door, greeting people as they entered. “Good day!” she called out with a smile. […]

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