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Inspired Souls: The CRC House Band

Inspired Souls The CRC House Band “I never thought people would enjoy listening to my stuff,” remarks Billy Rose, member and lead singer of Inspired Souls, CRC’s House Band. “But I always dreamed that one day I’d have the opportunity to play and sing my own songs for other people.” He started playing violin at […]

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CRC’s Photographer

Everett Collrin If you are ever at CRC for a public event, chances are you’ll notice Everett with his camera. He has a good eye, an artistic touch, and is not shy about asking you to ‘smile and say cheese’. His pictures are on CRC’s website, in CRC’s brochures, and in other CRC publications. Everett […]

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Feeling Like Home

Joan LaFramboise “I really like it here. I feel home, I feel safe, I love the people,” Joan explains. Feeling safe and secure, feeling like home, were not often a part of Joan’s past. Joan was born in Cabbagetown and raised in south Regent Park. She has had a tough life. She was taken from […]

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CRC’s Volunteer Extraordinaire

Doug Rice Doug first started volunteering with the Christian Resource Centre (CRC) when he was in high school. “I needed a co-op placement and Carmel Hili was very kind in letting me do that at CRC. They accepted me right away.” That was the beginning of Doug becoming a long-time volunteer with CRC – over […]

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Urban Gardening in Regent Park

“Gardening can be a family peacemaker,” smiles Hosne Ara, as she begins to explain the benefits of urban gardening in Regent Park. “When the mother of a family I know started growing food for her family, it gave her something to do and it brought in extra food. Before that she was looking for a […]

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CRC’s Chief Salad Maker: a story of building lives, creating community, together.

Every morning, Monday to Friday, Rose Mansell can be seen preparing vegetables for salads that make up the nutritious lunch served each day at CRC’s Community Meal Program. She is happy to do this. “I am the salad maker… but I also peal potatoes. This week we are short of volunteers, so I’ll do whatever […]

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John Metson

Dr. John Metson wasn’t happy with the original name. The Inner City Christian Mission—”it reminded me of the paternalistic old missionaries”—was completely wrong for a centre seeking to change the way the church functioned in the inner city. Metson wasn’t saving souls as much as working with others to help save the community. There was blockbusting going on all around—”I called it the rape of the community”—and Metson formed the first citizens committee of any kind in the area to fight it.

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CRC Fresh Food Market and Fresh Food Delivery

What started in 1999 as a $1-a-month members food co-op has grown into a group delivering economical, fresh produce year-round to agencies with food programs in the Regent Park area as well as running a busy outdoor market every Wednesday from April till the snow flies.

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Michael Blair

Michael Blair had recently lost his position as a congregational minister for coming out as a gay man when he arrived at CRC. He saw what they were doing in Regent Park. “I started to get excited. They were intentionally empowering people affected by circumstances. They weren’t doing stuff for people, but with people, making sure the people in the community were engaged.”

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Regent Park Women & Families

Your people — the ones who love you, accept you, understand you — are half a world away. And you are here, in this chilled country where people speak a language you worry you will never master. Later, you find a job and others who’ve experienced what you’ve been through but you never forget the isolation and loneliness you felt.

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