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Humewood House, a member agency helping new mothers

In a large Victorian home on a quiet residential street in Toronto a group of young mothers are participating in their high-school class. Downstairs their babies attend a daycare program staffed by child-care workers and dedicated volunteers.  Since 1912, Humewood House has offered programs such as these in an effort to support new mothers and young pregnant women as they transition into motherhood.

Humewood House is a community of support and a safe haven for young women, where the focus is on empowering mothers and supporting them as they build plans and goals for the future. This support is greatly needed as adolescent mothers in Canada continue to face many social, economic, educational and employment barriers. Humewood House seeks to overcome these barriers with a mission to provide a safe and caring environment for women and their children through services, life skills training, child care, education and counseling. One of the primary services at Humewood House is the pre and post-natal residential program, through which 10 beds are made available for women at any time during their pregnancy. After delivery, new mothers live at Humewood House for up to six months along with their child. Humewood House also operates a second location at 1900 Sheppard Avenue in North York, which is a transitional and supportive housing program that provides housing for 27 young families.

The opportunities and support offered by Humewood House are reflected in the numbers. Last year the organization provided a safe home to 50 young women and their babies. They were able to give 61 young mothers the opportunity to participate in high school programming, and gave 21 young women scholarships which will enable them to receive a post-secondary education. Both the pre and post-natal program at Humewood House and the transitional housing in North York offer a Food Bank program which is visited by 35-40 families a week. The families relying on this service have very specific needs, and Humewood House strives to meet them by providing baby food, formula and diapers for new infants – expensive but necessary items which are difficult to obtain for many of the young parents.

Humewood House has operated for 100 years through the support of a huge force of volunteers. These volunteers are involved in every aspect of the organization whether it is helping in the office or with child care, providing support for evening programming, fundraising or acting as a mentor for a new mother. Last year, Humewood House benefitted from the support of 410 individual volunteers who contributed 8009 total hours of their time – and these numbers do not include the support received from corporate donors!

In this busy organization it is the moments of interaction and conversation which often offer the greatest rewards.  Through the simple act of sitting down and sharing a story over a meal together, a house transforms into a welcoming home. By building relationships and bringing women together to learn and support each other, Humewood House continues to empower young women and their families.

For more information on Humewood House and for ways to contribute to the organization, please visit their website.

By Heather Brady, Communications Volunteer


Date Added: February 26, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Information, Member Agencies, News — Anita @ 1:21 pm



Join Toronto Rock on March 8

What: Toronto Rock charity game night Toronto Rock Charity Night  - March 8 2013
When: Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Air Canada Centre

Join Toronto Rock at their charity game night on March 8 at the Air Canada Centre. Watch Toronto’s lacrosse team play against the Colorado Mammoth.

If the game is sold out, Rock owner and president Jamie Dawick will donate another $25,000 to Daily Bread. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will donate one dollar for every ticket sold, and following the game the Rock will also hold a live auction.

Find out more or buy tickets www.torontorock.com or by calling 416-596-3075. Upper bowl seats are only $10 with a food donation!


Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, Events, Fundraising Events, News — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 12:45 pm



Only 60% of GTA workers today have stable, secure jobs

Today the United Way of Greater Toronto released “It’s More than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Well-being”. The report revealed that only 60 per cent of all workers in our region have stable, secure jobs. Those who are precariously employed span a range of income and social categories. Those who are living on low income and precariously employed are more likely to run out of money to buy food.

Click here to download the full report.

 


Date Added: February 25, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, eNews, Policy, Research — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 4:28 pm



Transition House

Originally founded in 1974, the Annex-based Transition House has opened its doors as a short-term residence for males with addiction problems to help them start a new and positive life.

The main program that Transition House offers is helping males with addiction problems build life skills, learn accountability and provide them with the skills they need to help them rebuild their lives. While living in this short-term residence, all of the men are given specific chores and have to share the cooking responsibilities while keeping their days filled with productive activities.

One of the main faces in Transition House, Colleen has worked on and off at the house since the 1970s and is proud of the fact that the agency gives people the opportunity to turn their lives around. It is this opportunity that is one of the core values of Transition House, as many of the people who come through their doors have lost everything because of addiction.

The program houses a handful of men at one time for up to three months. Transition House is thankful for the food Daily Bread Food Bank helps to provide to those trying to make a positive change in their lives, as well as a group of amazing board members who help the house run smoothly.

“We’re a smaller agency but we punch above our weight,” said Colleen. And when you meet the friendly faces at Transition House, you know that this member agency is making a real difference in peoples’ lives.

By Kate Grant, Communications Volunteer


Date Added: | Filed under: Blog, Member Agencies, News — Anita @ 12:01 pm



The Toronto Friendship Centre

Located at Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street, the Toronto Friendship Centre (TFC) is a fixture in the community to those in need. A Daily Bread member agency and drop-in centre, the Toronto Friendship Centre is open early to help serve people in need.  In just one month, approximately 400 to 500 individuals have visited and approximately 6,000 food hampers have been handed out, making the Toronto Friendship Centre a busy place that knows how damaging hunger and poverty can be to the people it affects.

One thing that makes the Toronto Friendship Center unique in this area is that it is the only drop-in centre that is open early at 6 a.m., with a breakfast program that starts serving to those who are homeless or hungry by 7 a.m.  Andy, who is a busy but familiar face here, is quite proud of the impact “helping people to receive a hot meal at 7a.m. in the morning” has had on the community

The TFC also offers various programs such as seniors and women’s days, art programs and games days.  Every Thursday, the TFC also houses Street Health, a program that provides both health and podiatry services to the participants and neighborhood citizens.

Although there are many amazing volunteers at the TFC, Jeannie is one that stands out in the crowd. A dedicated and caring volunteer, she arrives every day at 6 a.m., working in the kitchen up to six days a week until its meal program closes, ensuring that food is served and everything runs smoothly.

To learn more about the Toronto Friendship Centre please visit their website.

by Kate Grant, Communications Volunteer


Date Added: February 7, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Member Agencies, News — Anita @ 10:34 am



Take Action during March Break!

Spend your March Break taking action in the fight against hunger!

From Monday, March 11th to Friday, March 15th, high school students are invited to come in to volunteer during our regular business hours. Students will have the
opportunity to help sort food donations, all while completing their required 40 hours of community service.

Don’t miss this great March Break volunteer opportunity, spaces are limited! Advanced sign up is required. Visit the Taken Action page for more information!


Date Added: February 4, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, News, Volunteer Opportunities — Anita @ 3:09 pm