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Spring 2017 Newsletter

May 9, 2017 —   As spring 2017 brings a return to warmer temperatures, we present our newest Street Health newsletter. This edition features: a statement or our Mission, Vision and Values...guiding principles that inform our attitude & approach to delivering responsive client-centred care Client Satisfaction Survey: our internal Quality Improvement Committee interviewed over 200 clients to ask "How Are We Doing" a special...

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Ugly Sweaters for a Good Cause

February 22, 2017 — In downtown Toronto, homelessness can sometimes be very visible. People sleeping on the streets in freezing temperatures; people sitting on the sidewalk asking for your spare change; people lining up in long queues to seek shelter or a warm meal. These scenes of despair can be heartbreaking, but can also inspire heart-felt responses. Last year, during the holiday season, Shirin...

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30 Donor Stories – Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016 — Donors may have a specific time of year or donation amount that they contribute to the charities they support. In recent years, the concept of an official day of giving – GivingTuesday – has been promoted in more than 70 countries. It is a movement to encourage people to give in their local community, rally for favourite causes and think...

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30 Donor Stories – Giving At the Community Level

November 29, 2016 — As a registered nurse, Mary’s decades of practice included working in the surgical unit, emergency department, renal dialysis and the renal transplant units before she moved into management. She now oversees the Women’s and Children’s Program as part of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Inner City Health Program. “St. Mike’s has one of the most diverse patient populations of any hospital in...

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30 Donor Stories – I Have Been Able to Build My Life…

November 29, 2016 — Street Health relies on, and remains grateful to, all of our donors and supporters. Some learn about us through friends or colleagues, some through newspapers or social media. Some are motivated by their faith, by their families, or by a loved-one who has passed away. Whether donors give once a year, once a month or prefer to remain anonymous –...

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30 Donor Stories – Inspired Student Becomes an Inspiring Teacher

November 25, 2016 — We noticed while gathering this series of 30 donor stories that many Street Health supporters were inspired to start contributing from an early age. Dianne is one such donor who looks back on her experience in high school as a time that continues to guide her actions. “Each week, a group of students from my school had the opportunity to...

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30 Donor Stories – Creating Opportunity with My Giving

November 25, 2016 — 30 Donor Stories – Creating Opportunity with My Giving Many Street Health donors want their donations to help in creating a more just society. “I want to help those who haven’t had the same advantages or have been overlooked and need help,” states Tom, a Street Health donor from Oakville who has been giving for over seven years. “I remember some...

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30 Donor Stories – Health Without Barriers; Care Without Borders

November 25, 2016 — In November 2014, Street Health got a call from a curious and passionate Toronto Star reporter named Carol Goar. We weren’t sure how Carol became interested in Street Health or the population we serve, but we did recognize a kindred spirit. She came for a visit, met some of our staff and clients, learned about our services and the urgent...

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30 Donor Stories – Caring For Those in Need

November 24, 2016 — A commitment to social justice is a driving force for many people. For Cathy, a desire to do good for others is among her earliest memories. Her support for Street Health began while working as a film editor on a documentary about homelessness and youth. Realizing that homelessness can impact individuals who are any age, orientation or background, she wanted...

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30 Donor Stories – Better to Give Than To Receive

November 23, 2016 — Barb Craig worked as a Registered Nurse here at Street health for over a decade, retiring in 2007. That year, a Toronto Star profile described her well, “A lot of her clients call her “Mom” because she gives them special attention and help. She takes them to doctor’s appointments, or visits them at their homes, in rooming houses, subsidized apartments...

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30 Donor Stories – Always in My Heart and Mind « What's Up at Street Health

November 22, 2016 — For some Street Health donors, their motivation to give a gift is connected to their religious beliefs.Street Health receives contributions from a variety of faith organizations and also from specific segments of religious communities. These donations often come with hand-written notes and highlight how caring for those in need is truly a universal belief. Pastor Jim has been a Street...

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30 Donor Stories – Filling the Gap

November 21, 2016 — Individuals can sometimes experience homelessness due to circumstances that are unpredictable and out of their control, unforeseen events which then compound into a downward spiral.Working in the justice system, Paula represents vulnerable clients who experience great difficulty in accessing services. “Being able to access healthcare is a basic human need that most of us take for granted. In my work...

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30 Donor Stories – A Special History of Giving

November 18, 2016 — The giving history of some special donors goes back to Street Health’s earliest days. When Michael Jewell and David Mintz began their catering business, their service focused on Toronto’s film industry. The 1990s were a time when many American productions filmed in Canada and also a time when the Canadian film industry was beginning to grow. “As our business grew,...

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30 Donor Stories – Much Needed (and Appreciated) Donations

November 18, 2016 — Donors with long and evolving connections to Street Health enrich what we can offer to clients, and add stability to our ability to do so. One such donor group is Fairlawn Avenue United Church whose Outreach Committee has been providing support for 11 years. “Our committee used to organize an Outreach Fair so our congregation could talk with representatives from...

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30 Donor Stories – Urgent Need; Simple Dignity

November 18, 2016 — Sometimes an opportunity to help others is both immediate and direct. It is responding to an urgent need with compassion and action. “For me, social media is a great way to understand how other people live, it keeps me aware, offers a diversity of experience. I’m able to use it to connect my friends and family to these stories as...

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30 Donor Stories – Marking a Special Moment

November 17, 2016 — Connecting with new donors is an ongoing focus for Street Health and we are happy to share the following story from Alex and Meghan whose first-time donation to Street Health coincided with an important moment in their lives!   Before moving to Toronto, Meghan volunteered at a drop-in centre in Guelph where she learned that needs of homeless people are...

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30 Donor Stories – A Gift That Gives Again

November 16, 2016 — What birthday gift continues to give even after the song is sung, the candles are blown out and the cake is enjoyed? The gift of knowing that your birthday was marked by a donation to Street Health – that you’ve become part of a care group who are helping provide services to individuals who are homeless and under-housed throughout the...

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30 Donor Stories – Remembering Lois

November 15, 2016 — Street Health has the great fortune of receiving support from many long-standing donor groups. In fact, several groups have supported Street Health since the very beginning. One such contributor is the congregation from Lemonville United Church. Our connection with Lemonville dates back to Betty Jordan, who was one of the first nurse volunteers at Street Health. “Betty was a passionate...

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30 Donor Stories – Community Partners Provide Compassion and Supplies

November 14, 2016 — 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Street Health’s work in the community. This work has been possible in part thanks to longtime relationships with supporters and donors who help ensure Street Health has the resources to meet our clients’ needs. One such relationship is with the Tzu Chi Foundation Canada, Toronto Branch. The Toronto Tzu Chi Foundation grew out of...

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30 Donor Stories – Workplace Culture of Philanthropy

November 11, 2016 — Making a charitable contribution through payroll deduction is a way of donating many employers offer. While people may be familiar with workplace payroll deduction giving for annual United Way campaigns, smaller employers may also offer this option to their staff. This is especially true in workplaces that are committed to developing an internal community of philanthropy – encouraging staff to...

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30 Donor Stories – Thank You, Anonymous

November 11, 2016 — “Street Health is fortunate to have a base of regular donors,” recognizes Kapri Rabin, Executive Director. “This support is vital to everything we are able to do in the community. Some of our donors prefer to remain anonymous and we respect that request. We want all of our donors to know that they are an important part of all we...

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30 Donor Stories – St. Lawrence Shares Supper and Support

November 11, 2016 — Once a month, on a Monday evening, The St. Lawrence Supper Club meets at a local restaurant to hear thought-provoking talks about our community, our city, or our world.  Each speaker is chosen to inspire the mind, raise awareness of issues that affect us all, and strengthen community relations and commitment. The Supper Club has become a symbol of the community connection in the St. Lawrence...

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30 Donor Stories – Advocate and Donor

November 10, 2016 — Non-profit organizations like Street Health, and the people we serve, benefit when individuals who provide a wide range of contributions including volunteering their time, talents and skills. Street Health’s Board of Directors are community volunteers – people with a keen interest in what the organization is working to accomplish. They contribute in many ways and, along the way, commit themselves...

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30 Donor Stories – Collective Action Provides Community Support

November 8, 2016 — In recent years, group donations have become an increasingly popular activity. These may be formally organized by service agencies with a specific fundraising priority or as informal as colleagues, friends or neighbours gathering donations at a birthday party. The way that these donations are gathered is as varied and imaginative as those who choose to undertake the activity. For one...

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30 Donor Stories – Challenging Stereotypes, Providing Care

November 8, 2016 — Kimberley chose nursing as her profession because helping people was important to her. With the support and encouragement of her family, Kimberley attended a university in northern Ontario and, during her final year, was one of six students who visited remote aboriginal communities to provide healthcare. This experience, like other experiences since that time, encouraged Kimberley to look beyond her...

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30 Donor Stories – Memorial Gifts Have a Lasting Impact

November 7, 2016 — For many of us, there are times and situations when making a donation has special significance. Gifts that recognize the end of an individual’s life are a way many chose to remember a family member, relative or friend who has passed away. The end of life is a sad occasion for family and friends. Marking this occasion by making a...

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30 Donor Stories – Engage and Change

November 4, 2016 — The way that people choose to contribute to social causes can change from one generation to the next. While older donors have a strong commitment to making charitable contributions, some younger ones also prefer to add a hands-on volunteering component to how they give. Members of the “millennial” generation, who may have been doing volunteer work since they were in...

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30 Donor Stories – Investing in Health and Wellbeing

November 4, 2016 — “I’ve been a long-time supporter of Street Health simply because every time I go out on the street I see the persistent need,” remarks Geoff who has supported Street Health since 2003. “I give to Street Health knowing the organization is helping people deal with their problems so they can move on with their lives.” Geoff  makes a donation several...

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30 Donor Stories – Monthly Donors, Helping Out When You Can

November 4, 2016 — While downtown receiving a series of medical treatments at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dorothy was struck by the number of people she saw sleeping on the streets. “Over the course of my appointments, I often saw people who appeared to be homeless or have nowhere to go. I also saw individuals who, like me, were at the hospital receiving healthcare and...

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30 Donor Stories – A Lasting Impression

November 2, 2016 — In a world that bombards us with “urgent” images and messages, the first impressions we form can be very powerful. Sometimes these are merely a passing interest, other times they bring us to an even deeper understanding and commitment to helping others. I first heard about Street Health while volunteering with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church’s Out of the Cold, a...

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30 Donor Stories – Socks With A “Sole”

November 2, 2016 —   “Family … Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions but our roots will stay as one!!” – Anonymous   Family donations are a great way to inspire younger generations to maintain a family value of making a difference in your community. Street Health is fortunate to receive donations from a family that takes this...

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30 Donor Stories – Raising Awareness & Donations

November 1, 2016 —   For us at Street Health, it is inspiring to include school groups and students among our supporters. Our Nursing and Community Mental Health staff welcome the opportunity to make presentations which often lead to contributions that are needed for our clients. This past year, teacher Charlotte Fleming invited our Clinical Manager, Joyce Rankin, to present to The Bishop Strachan...

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30 Days – 30 Donor Stories

October 22, 2016 — During the month of November, and as part of Street Health’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we are presenting stories from 30 of our donors & supporters. Each day, a donor’s story will be posted right here on our blog. Facebook and Twitter posts will also link to them. We invite you to click, comment and share the inspiring accounts that you...

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Press Release: Barrier Free Client-Centred Care

October 5, 2016 —   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :     Toronto’s homeless and under-housed population gets boost from new, accessible nursing and community mental health clinic space. Street Health’s accessible coach house creates barrier free, client centred care for homeless and under housed people. Toronto – On Wednesday September 28, 2016, Street Health welcomed clients, community partners, funders and supporters to an Open House...

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Street Health – Press Release

September 27, 2016 — MEDIA ADVISORY                                                              September 27, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Enhanced Level of Care for Toronto’s Homeless and Under-housed: Official opening of Street Health’s accessible Coach House WHAT – On Wednesday, September 28 at 2:30 P.M. Street Health will officially open its newly accessible Coach House. Street Health provides nursing, community mental health, identification replacement, ID safe-storage, harm reduction and peer programs...

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Street Health OPEN HOUSE !

September 16, 2016 —   Through the summer of 2016, we renovated the inside of an adjacent building in our backyard to make it wheelchair accessible. We also installed an upgraded medical exam room & accessible counselling space. We are proud of this new space for how it will improve client care, and would like to invite the community to come see what we’ve...

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Peaceful, Sunny Fun

July 22, 2016 — For some SH clients, living on a fixed (and meager) income usually leaves little left over for expenses like healthy food, transportation, medications, an air conditioner…not to mention social or recreational activities. Living in poverty leaves you with fewer resources, fewer choices, and fewer opportunities. To address a subtler side to the social determinants of health, we took a group...

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Street Health 30th Annual General Meeting

June 7, 2016 —   Dear Friends, We invite you and your community stakeholders to the Street Health 30th Anniversary AGM  Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 338 Dundas St. East 5:30 – 7:00 pm   Our agenda for this meeting: 5:30        Annual Meeting 6:00        Presentation:  Stepping Through History: 30 Years of Street Health (1986-2016) 6:30        Dinner We ask that you RSVP if you plan to...

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Nurse Practitioner; Expanded Service

May 5, 2016 — Our nursing team now includes a Nurse Practitioner (NP). In addition to the existing primary care that our Registered Nurses provide, this NP position can also write prescriptions, make referrals and order diagnostic lab tests. This expanded scope gives clients more comprehensive care and responds to the varied, changing and aging needs of our clients. Toronto’s homeless population includes newcomers,...

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Street Health 30th Anniversary -Birthday Party

March 14, 2016 —   Join us as we celebrate: Street Health’s 30th Anniversary Birthday Party When:             Thursday, March 17, 2016 (Doors open at 11:30am – 1pm) Where:            All Saints Church (Dundas/Sherbourne) A hot catered lunch; dessert; music; time with friends…   This is a FREE event, with special thanks to our generous sponsors at:  

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Community-Based Research Award

January 26, 2016 — In November 2015, Street Health’s Harm Reduction Coordinator Mary Kay MacVicar, along with Regent Park CHC colleagues Sabin Mukkath and Josie Ricciardi were honoured with this distinction from The Ontario HIV Treatment Network.This award recognized their research and results from an evaluation of Street Health’s HIPS Program, which engages peer outreach workers to educate women who are involved in street-based...

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SHOE PARTY 2015

December 11, 2015 — Street Health has recently received a large donation of new shoes. We received 100s of pairs of shoes, boots, dress shoes, sandals, running shoes, etc. Our objective is to get these shoes & boots to the clients and community members that we serve! Shoes for women & men, for winter & summer, for casual & dress, large sizes & small....

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SEATON HOUSE and the “George St. Revitalization” Project

November 3, 2015 — Seaton House is the largest men’s homeless shelter in Canada, with a total of 674 beds in various program areas. The city of Toronto is planning to demolish it and ‘revitalize’ the street where it is located. The plan is to replace it with a 384-bed long-term care facility, with only 100 emergency shelter beds…reducing the number of beds by...

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Bank Account Clinic

September 28, 2015 — Earlier this year, we learned that the Government of Canada is phasing out cheques in favour of  direct deposit for all government payments. By April of 2016, anyone who receives a tax refund, GST rebate, the child tax benefit,  CPP, Old Age Security  or any other payment must have an active bank account and be set up for direct deposit....

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Street Health Client Survey results

August 4, 2015 — In last Fall’s Street Health newsletter, we published the results of a thorough survey we conducted, to measure clients’ satisfaction with the services we provide, and to seek suggestions of what we could improve.   We asked for opinions from clients with experience using at least one of our program areas, and received opinions from 166 people Sometimes the best...

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Street Health 2015 AGM

June 8, 2015 — Dear Friends, As community members, colleagues, like-minded agencies and friends, we would like to invite you to the: Street Health Annual General Meeting, 2015 Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 338 Dundas St. East 5:30 – 7:00 pm Our agenda for this meeting: 5:30 Annual Meeting 6:00 Presentation: Street Health’s Strategic Plan 2015-2018 6:30 Dinner We ask that you RSVP if you...

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Nightingale Awards 2015

May 15, 2015 — Florence Nightingale, a Nurse from a prominent British family, was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds. She devoted her life to creating change in healthcare; her work and commitment sparked worldwide health care...

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Spring Message from Street Health’s ED

April 28, 2015 — Spring is a time for renewal and at Street Health we are delighted that we have made it through this tragic and debilitating winter. In the first week of January 2015 the homeless community lost 4 lives in just 4 days. Street Health responded with advocacy efforts through the media and worked with community partners to further inform the general...

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Street Health Birthday Party 2015

March 24, 2015 — COME TO THE STREET HEALTH BIRTHDAY PARTY We would like to invite the whole community to join us as we celebrate our 28th Anniversary. It will be a fun-filled afternoon with a catered hot lunch, music, Street Health hooded-sweatshirts, and cake! Thanks to Jewell Catering for providing the catering. We look forward to this event each year, and hope to...

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The Lived Experience of Harm Reduction: a CBC Radio Interview

January 7, 2015 — Many people have little direct knowledge of what life is like for people who are homeless, who have a drug addiction, or for those who deal with both. Also, many know little about what services are available to help tackle these intersecting challenges. Mary Wiens, a specials producer at CBC Radio’s Metro Morning program came here to Street Health to discover...

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HOLIDAY COMMUNITY LUNCH, 2014

December 5, 2014 —   Our thanks to the generous folks at Janssen for sponsoring our December 3rd HOLIDAY COMMUNITY LUNCH, for the second year in a row. They brought a crew of volunteers, decorated the space, and helped serve a delicious turkey lunch to over 550 community members. Hosted at the All Saints Church (Dundas & Sherbourne), and catered by Jewell Catering, this...

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National Housing Day, 2014

November 18, 2014 — November 21st is NATIONAL HOUSING DAY, a day to mark the importance of affordable housing as a key social determinant of health. Canada is the only G8 nation without a national housing strategy; having no plan hurts individuals & entire communities…the average age of death for homeless men is 45, for women it is 39! [Hwang,2000]. This year, we will...

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NEW ID CLINIC IN THE BLOOR WEST AREA

September 5, 2014 — Sometimes the key that opens doors to needed services is simply having valid government ID. If you want to open a bank account, apply for housing, get income supports, cash a cheque, or see a doctor…you need ID. Street Health staff host ID Clinics to help people replace ID: once a week at the All Saints Church; once per month...

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Project Water 2014

June 27, 2014 — We’re very grateful to our friends at Project Water for their generous donation of cases of water! On July 9th, 2014 (with delivery help from The Good Neighbours Club) we will receive bottled water that we can give to clients. Homeless people seldom have a cool place nearby where they can escape oppressive heat & humidity. The elderly and those...

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COMMUNITY BARBEQUE 2014

June 2, 2014 — Each year, in the heart of summer, we host our Street Health Community BBQ Thursday, June 19th, 2014 Where:  the parking lot at 338 Dundas St. East When: Thursday, June 19th, 11:30   Everyone’s invited: come join us for a hot dog, cold drink and fun times with friends ! sponsored by Enbridge and Pillers  

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Street Health AGM 2014

June 2, 2014 —   Please join us for our 2014 Annual General Meeting Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 338 Dundas St. East 5:30 – 7:30 pm   Evening’s Agenda 5:30pm  Annual Meeting 6:00pm  Presentation: Community Research in Action, the Street-Based Sex Worker’s Needs Assessment 6:30pm  Dinner   Please RSVP       terry@streethealth.ca or call   (416) 921-8668 ext. 225 We hope to see you...

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STREET-BASED SEX WORKERS NEEDS ASSESSMENT

February 25, 2014 — Street Health and the Regent Park Community Health Centre have coordinated a cross-regional network comprised of women with sex work experience, health and social service providers, and law enforcement. In 2012 and 2013 the network received funding from the Evidence Exchange Network and used this funding to:  i.)            focus on harm reduction services for women and trans-women who engage in...

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HOMELESSNESS, AND THE ABSENCE OF PRIVACY

October 12, 2013 — “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” For those of us who have secure homes, this famous quote is true.  We experience it at the end of a long day, when we return from a long journey, and when we wake from a long and restful sleep.  Arriving at home, we can kick off our shoes and...

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Annual General Meeting 2013

June 4, 2013 —  PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING   WHERE: 338 Dundas St. East   WHEN:   Tuesday June 18th, 2013 5:30- 7:00pm           5:30-6:00    Meeting 6:00–6:15 Presentation 6:15-7:00 Refreshments     RSVP:terry@streethealth.ca 416-921-8668x 225   We hope you can make it!  

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RECLAIM THE STREETS

May 24, 2013 — Again this year, Street Health is endorsing and will be attending the annual Reclaim the Streets rally and march to publicly demand an end to violence against women. Friday, May 24th, 2013 Regent Park Community Health Centre 465 Dundas Street East 5:30pm – Community Meal & Music 6:00pm –Rally 6:30pm –March to End Gender-Based Violence     We have addressed...

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LEFT OUT IN THE COLD

April 12, 2013 — For the past few months, there has been a growing debate in the city of Toronto.  Homelessness and poverty advocates have been raising the alarm about an increasing crisis in our city’s shelter system.  City officials, however, claim that the system is working well, that shelter beds are always available, and that anyone who says otherwise is simply exaggerating. Here...

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Meet Our New Executive Director - Kapri Rabin

March 8, 2013 — KAPRI RABIN has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience working in non-profit organizations including community health centres, social services and hospitals. For the past 8 years she has worked as the Director of Health Services and the Director of Integration and Urban Health at Central Toronto Community Health Centre where  she was  responsible for developing and maintaining primary and...

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Were Lessons Learned at L’Ecole?

December 11, 2012 — December 6, 2012 was the 23rd anniversary of the tragic Montreal Massacre.  On that day, in 1989, a lone gunman entered a classroom at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, separated the women from the men –telling the men to leave the room.  He then opened fire on the women…because they were women, all the while violently yelling, “J’haïs les feministes” [I hate...

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Help the Community Start Up

October 9, 2012 — In the centre of Cape Town, South Africa, the government has built a bridge to nowhere.  Originally, conceived in the 1940s, the Freeshore Freeway project was repeatedly hampered by squabbling among different levels of government, clashing egos, and conflicting expert opinions on planning and design.  Construction began in the 1960s but was halted (urban myths abound as to exactly why)...

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Where History Becomes Legacy

August 24, 2012 — Fred Dunn, though he chose a life of relative obscurity, was one of Toronto’s most inspiring characters.  Born April 4, 1923, Fred was a poet, peace activist, carpenter, long distance runner, and a friend to Street Health.  With his stark red hair and beard, and his piercing blue eyes, “Uncle Fred” was known for many unique attributes.  He was very...

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The Schoolhouse Shelter, A Pioneer Lost

June 29, 2012 — In cities all around the developed world, it is recognized that low-income earners and their families usually live in the downtown core of those cities, and that wealthier citizens prefer the space, privacy, and relative quiet of the suburbs.  However, in Toronto and other urban areas, there has been a reversal of this trend. One glance at the Toronto skyline...

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When the Mental Health System Fails…

June 1, 2012 — Mental health issues are not a form of weakness.   According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20% of all Canadians personally experience some sort of mental health concern, regardless of age education or income.  Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or mood disorders are real health issues; often those suffering will not seek treatment due to stigma and discrimination.  Among homeless...

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The Authenticity of Lived Experience

June 1, 2012 — We at Street Health are often contacted by members of the media for our opinions on important issues that affect our clients.  As part of our mandate to assist in educating others about the impact that severe poverty has on our clients’ quality of life, we see this as an opportunity to clear up misconceptions, stereotypes, and prejudices that have...

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Annual General Meeting -Tuesday June 19th, 6:30pm

June 1, 2012 — Once a year, the entire community is invited to join us and have their say about what we do here at Street Health. Clients, staff, board members, members of the neighbourhood, and staff from other agencies can all gather to speak and listen as we address the concerns of our community and the effectiveness of Street Health’s efforts to respond...

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You’re Invited To Our Big Summer Barbeque!

May 17, 2012 —   COME TO THE STREET HEALTH COMMUNITY BBQ – JUNE 20th! Every summer, we invite the whole community to join us for a fun-filled afternoon of summer sun. Thanks to our sponsors at Enbridge and Pillers, we are happy to be able to do it again this year, so… Come enjoy a hot dog, cold drink and fun times with...

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The Safer Stroll Project…How Can You Help?

May 17, 2012 — DONATE YOUR OLD CELL PHONE TODAY! Do you have an old cell phone sitting in a drawer at home? Is it functional? Do you have a charger for it? If so, please donate your old cell phone to Street Health. We will be giving the phones to clients who participate in the Safer Stroll Project. All cell phones, whether they...

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From Struggles To Successes…

May 17, 2012 — In the spring of 2012, the Ve’ahavta Organization (a Toronto-based humanitarian relief agency) www.veahavta.org  put out a call for submissions to their 11th Annual Creative Writing Contest.  This contest invited people with past experience of living on or near the street to share tales of their struggles and successes.  Marking 11 years of honouring the seldom heard voices of the...

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The Safer Stroll Project, A Documentary

April 16, 2012 — Perhaps our first offense is to presume that we know what she’s going through. Even in our sophisticated, modern world, women remain vulnerable to the many forms, and many weapons, of gender inequality.  Although women have the voice and the vote to create cultural change, imbalances still exist such as pay inequities, unequal responsibility for child-rearing and household maintenance, an...

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You Can Help…By Setting the Record Straight

April 16, 2012 — From time to time, news reporters ask us to contribute to articles that shed light on the daily struggles that our clients endure.   We are pleased to participate in these interviews as part of our mandate to assist in educating others about the impact that severe poverty has on the our clients’ quality of life.  We also see this as...

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