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My safe place in the community where I truly feel welcome

Drop-In Program My safe place in the community where I truly feel welcome  “Betsy” had a very troubled and turbulent childhood. It followed her into her teen years and then into her adult life. When she moved from the east coast to Toronto, Betsy’s troubles continued after she began dating a man who became violent. […]

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A great way to be involved together

Park Coordination A great way to be involved together “Joanne” was finally able to pursue her passion for baking when she came to Canada. Before arriving in Toronto, she would collect baking recipes, but she never attempted to create anything because she could not afford to purchase the ingredients. Joanne is now one of four […]

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Composting, planting, watering, tending, and the satisfaction of harvesting

Community Gardens Composting, planting, watering, tending, and the satisfaction of harvesting It all started for “Brian” in May 2015 when he was returning from his swim and met Ashrafi and Bruce in CRC’s Regent Park Community Gardens. He was curious what the gardens were all about and when Ashrafi told him we were growing vegetables […]

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Joy every time I took a bite

Food Skills Joy every time I took a bite “Lola” became ill about two weeks into one of our food skills programs called Cook Ahead. This program focuses on meal planning and preparing big batches of healthy and delicious food that participants take home with them to eat later. Lola had attended the first sessions […]

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Providing the same support to others that she herself received

Community Advocacy Program Providing the same support to others that she herself received She had been in Canada for just three days. That’s when “Ariel” first came to the Community Advocacy office. A Canadian citizen by birth, her family had moved from Canada to the United States when she was 2 years old and that […]

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Doing meaningful work to be part of the solution

Community Meal Program Doing meaningful work to be part of the solution It’s 9:00 am on a cold Wednesday and “Sheila” walks in with her usual contagious smile, always ready to help and eager to take on any task required in the busy kitchen at the CRC Regent Park Community Food Centre. Sheila is one […]

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Warmth for a new start

Clothing Showers Laundry Warmth 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, and “Karima”, […]

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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 longtime Volunteer Driver

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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