Dixonlicious 2019: a Record Year!

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May

Dixonlicious 2019: a Record Year!

Dixonlicious 2019 took place on May 9th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park. This year’s event was a milestone for many reasons. It was the 5th year anniversary of Dixonlicious, the 90th year anniversary of Dixon Hall, and it resulted in the most successful fundraising event to date at the agency. We’re thrilled to share that thanks to the generosity of our guests, sponsors, and community partners, we raised an incredible $105,000 to support our vital  food programs in the downtown east and Regent Park.

The night was a wonderful mix of food, drinks, friendship and community spirit. Guests enjoyed the bites and beverages provided by local restaurants and the Toronto East Brewery Collective, enjoyed performances from the Matt Morgan Trio and our Music School students, and heard powerful remarks around the importance of food, particularly for vulnerable community members from our CEO Mercedes Watson, and our

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April

Youth Centre Construction Update: Celebrating our Progress with our Supporters and Community Leaders

On Wednesday, April 24th, Dixon Hall hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the start of construction at our new youth centre. The event brought together some of the remarkable people who have been instrumental to this project. It was an opportunity for us to formally thank some of our biggest supporters, whose contributions have been so crucial to the development of our new youth centre. We also got to hear their perspectives on the significance of the new space for youth in Regent Park.

The event would not have been complete without the involvement of youth from Regent Park who will benefit from the space. We had a chance to hear from young people who actively participated in the project development; they shared their thoughts on what the youth centre represents to them along with a special message of thanks.

Than you to everyone who was able to join us at the

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April

Food Insecurity in Toronto is on the rise

Access to food is considered one of the major social determinants of health. We all know that food is a requirement for survival, providing our bodies with life-sustaining nutrients, giving us the energy to complete our daily tasks, and supporting our continued growth and development. We also know that not all food is created equal, and the quality of what we consume can have major impacts on all aspects of our health. Despite the universal importance of good, nutritious food and the abundance of food and groceries available in our city, 1 in 7 households in Toronto struggle with food insecurity and that number is steadily increasing.

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity is defined as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” Simply put, food insecurity means being unable to eat healthy meals on a regular basis. It’s directly linked to low-income and

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March

Report Release – Calling Home: Exploring Pathways to Homelessness in our City

In February 2018, Dixon Hall embarked on our first research project, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Innovative Solutions to Homelessness program. Through this research, we aimed to:

Improve our understanding of the avenues that lead to homelessness and the complex needs of chronically homeless individuals
Improve our understanding of guests of the Out of the Cold (OOTC) program who resist the traditional shelter system
Compare the experiences of OOTC program guests with shelter residents including their use of social services offered in the city of Toronto
Understand where OOTC program guests go when the season closes and how they spend their time
Test the use of cellphone technology when working with individuals experiencing homelessness
Empower participants to share their unique personal histories and lived experiences with homelessness and make recommendations for service improvements

We collected data through focus groups, one-on-on interviews, and surveys,  taking a community-based participatory research approach which was crucial to the

a photo of Dixon Halll's youth centre construction progress

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March

Youth Centre Construction Update: Excavation Complete, Onto Steel Frame & Floor Deck

Construction on our new youth centre has continued throughout the winter! We were fortunate to have mild weather in December, which resulted in favourable working conditions for our construction partner, Cambria Design Build.