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Meaningful and long-lasting involvement

Park Coordination Meaningful and long-lasting involvement Brendan and Lisha moved into Regent Park a few years ago. They were attracted to the amount of green space nearby, which includes the Don Valley, bike trails, and Riverdale Park. They loved the fact that the condo they moved into was built to a LEED Gold Standard and […]

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Rebuild and stabilize

Housing Support Rebuild and stabilize Each day Rosie had to carry her walker up the staircase to her apartment. Rosie has mobility issues and the Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) building she lived in did not have an elevator. When Rosie’s apartment became infested her life became more difficult. It hampered her ability to volunteer and […]

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A Fresh Start

Community Clothing Program A Fresh Start My name is Susan. Before coming to the CRC Clothing Program, my life had been a mix of ups and downs. I was living with family but also dealing with an alcohol addiction. My addiction had become too much for my family and I was asked to leave my […]

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Contributing to well-being

Drop-In Contributing to well-being Monty has been a participant at CRC for over 10 years, ever since he moved into Regent Park. He has used the drop- in, meal, clothing, and laundry programs. “I enjoy CRC and its new space and the people very much and am particularly happy with the housing staff that have […]

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Healthy Creativity

Food Skills Healthy Creativity Peter is an older gentleman who comes to the community kitchen at the CRC Regent Park Community Food Centre. We were washing dishes one day and he said, “You know, I’ve been eating very healthy.” He began to tell me how before he ate a lot of steak and pork chops, […]

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Walking together towards success

Community Advocacy Walking together towards success It was not easy for Asmaul to come to CRC at first; her self-esteem was so low that she felt that she had no capacity to do anything, despite her educational background. Asmaul is a stay-at-home mom with four children. She came to Canada 15 years ago from Bangladesh […]

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Showing me the individual I am

Community Gardens Showing me the individual I am I started as a gardener at CRC ten years ago and it was a great experience. I would go to meetings for gardening projects and that is where I met Ashrafi. She encouraged me to get involved with CRC even more. I started to volunteer in the […]

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Home and Hope

40 Oaks Housing Community Home and Hope If what you are about to read seems guarded, you’re right. Even a diamond starts as coal. And I am a work in progress. Where does one start? Do I even remember my past and its progression up until the time I’m writing this down? I will try! […]

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Carmel Hili: Companion of CRC 2014

In his 30 plus years on staff at CRC, Carmel’s connection to people regardless of their socio-economic status was real, compassionate, ever about their welfare and empowerment, sometimes at the expense of his own. During his time at CRC Carmel inspired us all and was a mainstay to its work. Carmel firmly believed CRC was […]

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Paul Dowling: Companion of CRC 2014

Paul helped CRC lay out its future plans in light of the redevelopment of Regent Park. He joined the Board, during a time of great uncertainty and change. It was a “homecoming” for Paul, having interned in Regent Park as a Social Work student 30 years before. Paul volunteered countless hours as Board Chair and […]

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