Together, Let’s Bridge the Gap to Access for Youth and Seniors 🌞
Kenneth believed in a small group of severely at-risk youth in our community. He proposed a radical departure from our standard programming for youth and suggested that the summer of 2016 would be an intervention of opportunity for these youth. Seven youth were provided with counselling, volunteer opportunities, camping experiences, and employment internships. The program included an international trip overseas to volunteer, giving the youth the chance to expand their world view and have completely new experiences. And it worked. It was a safe summer, and deeply rewarding for the youth who participated, with lasting impact.
Kenneth's incredible and innovative work will be recognized this week, with a Bhayana Foundation Award from the United Way. He saw a need, developed a fresh, thoughtful and impactful intervention and saw it through to completion with the excellence that can be expected from Dixon Hall.
Three Ways You Can Make a Difference
We're counting down to the adventures of summer at Dixon Hall and detailing how you can get involved and support us across the upcoming months.
Help Us Provide Food in the Downtown East 🍛
Despite the many differences across Dixon Hall's programming, food is a common element that links so much of the work we do. Our March Break campers often made a lunchtime meal together, cooperating and collaborating in the kitchen while discussing topics like healthy relationships; delicious meals kept the young ladies of Girls Rock Camp Toronto nourished enough to keep on rocking during long days; and our Alzheimer's Day program clients and staff enjoyed another meatless Monday, where the focus is on enjoying plant-based meals together. Our Community Meals continued on Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings, with volunteers preparing healthy meals for our diners to combat food insecurity.
The Power of Community - Building Better Neighbourhoods 🌆
In February we officially assumed 188 and 190 Carlton Street, in addition to 192. By expanding our locations, we're creating a campus of care in the downtown east area. We have begun an ambitious plan to renovate our Emergency Shelter – Heyworth House at Danforth and Main. We have also begun to review options to relocate the George Street Shelter. We're working hard to expand our services so we can provide resources to vulnerable populations. We want all of the community to have the skills, tools, and support available to live their best lives possible. Our larger presence in the city is a step in making this happen.
Empowering Communities to Inspire Change
From the energetic youth to the diligent job seekers, to the vibrant seniors, to the selfless volunteers, our goal is empowerment. Because empowered communities inspire change. And change is a powerful force that gives all of us hope for a brighter future.
Read on for exciting details about the return of our signature event – Dixonlicious, a culinary celebration in support of our vital food programs. Tickets are available now and we hope to see you there!
Let's Talk About Housing
A few weeks ago, Dixon Hall took part in Mayor John Tory’s Toronto Housing Summit. Arguably the most optimistic gathering about housing issues in years, we left with the conclusion that good, decent housing needs to be a universal Canadian value.
Dixon Hall Gets Hit with Olympic Fever
The month of August was spent with our exuberant young campers and vibrant seniors faithfully cheering on Canada and celebrating the accomplishments of our Canadian athletes as they competed in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Summer in the Six is Off to a Great Start
Everyone at Dixon Hall has been making the most of summer by taking part in Friday afternoon barbeques, summer camps, special activities for our seniors, and community events.
Celebrating Seniors, Summer and Success
June is Seniors Month in Ontario, so we celebrated the occasion with lots of great activities. We also celebrated successes at our Music School and Employment Services programs.
From Out of the Rubble Comes the Opportunity to Rebuild
We’re building a new youth centre in Regent Park!
In 2018, Dixon Hall’s Children & Youth and Music School programs will move into a brand new, 4-storey, 8,000 square foot facility at the corner of Wyatt Ave. and Nicolas Ave. in the heart of Regent Park.
A Fond Farewell to Kaarina
It’s with a sad heart that we say farewell to KaarinaLuoma, our beloved Associate Executive Director at Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services. We wish her the best in her journey forward.
A Fond Farewell to Kate
After 11 years of dedicated service at Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services, we must sadly bid farewell to our fearless leader, Executive Director Kate Stark.