Recipients of funds raised at the 2015 Riverdale Share Concert
Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Service (BBYOS) is a community-based agency established in 1989 to provide comprehensive services to high-risk youth and their families in the Blake Boultbee community, a high-density, low-income area of east Toronto. BBYOS provides intensive individual, group and family counselling and therapy, community outreach, life skills training and crisis intervention that offer options to these at-risk young people and their families. Monies awarded went to fund their Therapy/Counselling, Outreach and Life Skills programs as well as their boys and girls group – a bi-weekly group for boys and girls between 10 and 13 years. www.bbyos.org
East York Foundation Seniors Christmas Dinner takes place on December 25th each year at the East York Community Centre and involves 250 members of the community. The objective of the Seniors Christmas Dinner is to provide a warm meal, good conversations and joyful celebration to Seniors from East York and Riverdale who otherwise might not have anywhere else to go on Christmas Day. In 2016 this dinner will be celebrating its 34th year.
Kennedy House Youth Shelter is a 33 bed, 24 hour a day, 365 days per year shelter near Pape and O’Connor that provides support to at-risk youth ages 16-24 who are homeless. The shelter provides for the immediate needs of homeless youth by providing food, emergency shelter, basic necessities and crisis intervention. Programming is offered that helps youth stay healthy as well as access jobs, permanent housing, clothing and other supplies.www.kennedyhouse.com
Out of the Cold is a program that strives to respond, in a meaningful way, to the needs of the most abandoned of our city’s poor and homeless people. These needs include the basic and physical needs of shelter and food, and the deeply human needs of compassion, dignity and feelings of self-worth. The Out of the Cold Program at Eastminster United Church has been serving the local community in the east end of Toronto on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings from November to March for the past 22 years. The program is run 100% by volunteers. www.eastminsteruc.org/out-of-the-cold
Ralph Thornton Community Centre (RTC) has been a hub of activity in South Riverdale for over 35 years. Riverdale Share is proud to support two programs in particular:
The Mentor Program which pairs newcomer children from the Chinese community with adult and youth volunteers to assist these children to adjust and adapt to their new Canadian culture. Riverdale Adventure Camp which provides an opportunity for children to participate in a week long summer camp experience. This program is a partnership between RTC, the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, and WoodGreen. In 2015 this program was expanded to provide additional opportunities for children from low income communities in South Riverdale, as well as for children from LGBTQ families. www.ralphthornton.org
South Riverdale Child Parent Centre is a family support program that offers a parent child drop-in, parenting workshops, outings, and a book and toy lending library. Open 5 days a week, and Saturdays in the winter, the centre is open to families with children from birth to six years. The staff offers referral services and informal counseling to all families. Hours of operation, events and program details can be found at www.srcpc.org
The Riverdale Share Community Association will accept grant applications for programs and projects that address families and individuals in need and are community-oriented until March 31st, 2017. Grants will be awarded by June, 2017.