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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 "Straight Out of Blake Street."
Danforth COVID-19 Emergency Food Relief Program was a program run out of the Danforth Church and designed as an emergency response to assist low income people living in the area, helping to increase food access and food security. The program provided a weekly take-out hot meal and a small food hamper focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables and pantry staples like milk, eggs, butter etc. The program partnered with local restaurants to provide the take-out meals at a reduced cost, thus supporting local business on the Danforth. www.danforthchurch.com
Mustard Seed is located in South Riverdale.They offer such programs as: a community kitchen, basic computer training, community garden plots and numerous lunch time drop-in programs. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Mustard Seed restructured its Friday and Saturday drop-in meal as a take-away lunch program and added Sunday as an additional day to address the lack of weekend access to food programs, particularly in the east end. In addition to a healthy bagged lunch and a bottle of water, participants also received a kit containing personal hygiene items and a non-medical cloth face mask.
Glen Rhodes Food Bank This food bank has been in operation for over 30 years. The food bank serves approximately 250 families a week, a dramatic increase from when they first opened their doors. Riverdale Share was able to support Glen Rhodes in the purchasing of a new walk-in fridge/freezer to help with the storage of fresh fruits, vegetables and grocery staples to be given to their clients.
Ralph Thornton Community Centre (RTCC) has been a hub of activity in South Riverdale for over 35 years. Riverdale Share is proud to support the Mentor Program. This program 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.