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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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Building Community with Debbie Sperry and Wally Leppiko

Community Meal Building Community with Debbie Sperry and Wally Leppiko “Wally and I have been together for 29 years”, Debbie says, proudly showing off a shiny ring on her left hand. The pair started coming to the CRC meal program in 2012 as a way to get out of the house and get a good […]

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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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