Community IN Housing

 

Thursday November 29 at 7pm
in the Community Room of Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes

85 Bleecker Street, Toronto ON. m4x-1×1

We are well aware of the barriers and obstacles many people face in their search for affordable rental housing. DFC will be hosting a panel discussion – a venue to voice ideas and explore possible solutions to address the rental housing crisis.  Speaking on the panel will be;

Ambi Sinnathambu – Supervisor @ The Housing Help Centre
Tee Copenace – Urban Indigenous Cohort @ York University
Emily Mathieu – Affordable Housing Reporter @ The Toronto Star
Victoria Watson – Youth Housing Coordinator @ The 519 Community Centre

All are welcome to attend. Should you have any questions about the event, please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204 / rhayward@dianefranklingco-op.com

Creative Writing Group

Tuesday November 27 @ 1pm in the Community Room 

DFC will be hosting its next Expressive Writing Group on Tuesday November 27 @ 1 pm in the Community Room with the ever fabulous Honey Novick

All members are welcome to attend. No experience or background in writing is required! Just be willing share your thoughts and be creative!

We’ll use a different approach to self-expression
We’ll talk and write and share what’s important to us
Each voice is important, each story a tale to tell
We’ll create a safe and fun atmosphere

DFC Recycling Program – November Pick Up Dates

 

  • Simply leave your recycling in a clear plastic bag or plastic shopping bag in front of your unit on specific pick up dates and times. Please do not leave recycling out on any dates / times outside of the posted schedule.
  • Please ensure that you are only placing accepted recycling items into your bags. If you aren’t sure, please visit the cities Waste Wizard page or contact Ryan Hayward for printed materials.
  • Please do not place any organic waste in your recycling bags. It’s just gross and unpleasant for volunteers to handle.

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Tuesday November 6, 10am-12pm

Saturday November 10, 10am-12pm

Thursday November 15, 6pm-8pm

Tuesday November 20, 6pm-8pm

Saturday November 24, 10am – 12pm

Thursday November 29, 10am – 12pm

 

Nourish

NOURISHPIC

According to the latest “Who’s Hungry” report by the Daily Bread Food Bank, food bank visits in Toronto are back to levels seen during the height of the recession, almost ten years ago.

Kate Halsey, a food bank coordinator for Yonge Street Mission in Regent Park, reports that they register 3 new users on a daily basis, “ranging from newcomers to Canada who have Master’s and PhD degrees, but not enough money for food; people who go back to school and are paying tuition; and people who are just trying to make ends meet at the end of the month. It could be anyone, it could be your neighbor, it could be your grandmother, your best friend. It could also be the man on the corner. There’s not a population we serve more than others.”

Indeed, many of our own co-op members may be going without proper nourishment.

With this in mind, DFC is launching the Nourish program, aimed at alleviating the food gap for our own co-op members who may be in need. Nourish  will be funded through internal and external donations, that will enable us to maintain and allocate $25.00 grocery gift cards to members, by request, as needed. All requests are strictly confidential, and can be made to Ali or Ryan, starting in early December.

All members have to do is ask.

The co-op will be accepting monetary donations from members who are able to contribute to the Nourish  fund. If members were planning on giving a holiday gift to staff, we ask that you please consider a Nourish donation instead. No amount is too small, and all donations will be gratefully accepted. Please stay tuned for more details about how to donate.

DFC Helping Hands Program Needs You!

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What is the Helping Hands Program? 

The aim of the program is to pair senior co-op members (or co-op members experiencing some mobility challenges) with other members who can help with basic errands or chores. Some examples of the kinds of support might be:

o   Picking up groceries / supplies

o   Picking up prescriptions

o   Assisting with light household projects (i.e. moving some furniture etc)

o   Accompanying individual to important appointments

o   What volunteers can’t do: Banking, Laundry, Personal Care, Routine House Cleaning

How does it work? 

o   Once you are confirmed to be taking part in the program you will contact me directly with some specific help / assistance that you might need and when you need it (advance planning is key).

o   I will then reach out to co-op members that have offered their help and see who is available to assist. Once an effective match is made, I will put the two members in touch with each other.

Right now we would like to hear from members who might need some support AND members who can provide some support. If you would like to take part in this program or would like to get more information, please feel free to contact me directly.

Ryan Hayward

Community Projects Coordinator

Diane Frankling Housing Co-op

416 920 7340 x204 / rhayward@dianefranklingco-op.com