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CRC took care of me

Housing Support Program CRC took care of me “Frank” has been accessing CRC’s services for about 20 years now. He was born and raised in Regent Park. “CRC was the place to go to my mother told me if I’m ever down and out. They will welcome me and not judge me as they understand […]

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Helping to rebuild their lives

Housing Support Program Helping to rebuild their lives “Steve” and “Jason” lived in the same rooming house. Steve for almost eight years; Jason for just a little over a year. One day as Steve was out heading for a job interview, he received a call that his home was on fire. He quickly cancelled his […]

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More than a roof over his head

40 Oaks Housing Community More than a roof over his headAfter waiting for more than 10 years on the list for social housing, “Albert” was offered an apartment in CRC’s 40 Oaks Housing Community.That was almost 5 years ago. Today, he speaks with enthusiasm and gratitude about his relationship with CRC and the Regent Park […]

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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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