I couldn’t help reading this and thinking that every town would benefit from a Dixon Hall! For #CharityTuesday today, let me hand you over to an amazing service which runs in Toronto:
Dixon Hall is a multi-service agency located in the heart of East Downtown Toronto. Since 1929, Dixon Hall has addressed the needs of the community by offering a wide range of supportive programs and services to its diverse community members – primarily residents of Regent Park, Moss Park, West Donlands, East Bayfront and surrounding neighbourhoods – as well as homeless men and women from across the city. We are community partners in creating opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and incomes, to dream, to achieve and to live full and rewarding lives.
Many of the clients we serve come from communities whose needs are often overlooked in Toronto.
Stressing a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’ approach, Dixon Hall offers programs and services to:
Children from low-income families
Homeless men and women
Newcomers and immigrants
-Dixon Hall Music School where children from low-income families receive music lessons at a subsidized price starting at only $3 per lesson.
-Summer Camps provide kids with an opportunity to develop positive social skills, new experiences and good memories. There is daily programming for children ages 3-12, as well as for older youth ages 13-17 called Summer Slam.
-Tax Clinic, Legal Clinic
-Youth Drop In, After-school program
-Health & Wellness program includes the Good Food Box that provides locally grown fruits and veggies at a subsidized cost
-WIN-RP provides settlement services for newcomer women in Regent Park and includes English conversation circles and childcare
Housing & Homelessness Services:
-Two shelters are available in downtown Toronto
-Independent living housing available
-Programs allowing seniors to live in their own homes with 24/7 assistance available rather than having to live in a senior’s residence
-Grocery programs where seniors can either be picked up, dropped off and assisted with grocery shopping for $5 round-trip or list-shopping where staff buys from their list on their behalf for $6
-Cooking, singing, knitting, games, are all available for seniors who want to get involved with others
-Dixon Hall Employment Services Centre is a full and free employment assistance facility designed for all community members. Access to job search assistance, interview practice, workshops and more.
-The Mill Centre provides carpentry and home renovation training to a diverse group of participants. Through innovative partnerships, the Mill Centre ensures participants receive the necessary academic upgrading, carpentry training and employability and life skills enhancement to rebuild their lives and successfully enter the labour market. The Mill Centre is self-sustaining.
The Regent Park community has undergone many changes and continues to do so. Dixon Hall recognizes the changes in the community and the subsequent changes in needs and adapts to continue to provide the community with services and programs that it can rely on.
Dixon Hall relies on funding and donations to be able to continue to provide these services to the community.
More information is available on our website at www.dixonhall.org