uReport: Women's Habitat outreach centre in south Etobicoke celebrates reno completion

Community Sep 14, 2016 Etobicoke Guardian

Women's Habitat shelter officials recently celebrated the completion of renovations at its outreach centre for women and children in south Etobicoke.

Upgrades to the community kitchen, program space enhancements and installation of a commercial exhaust system at the centre at 140 Islington Ave. at Lake Shore Boulevard West were made possible by a nearly $70,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant awarded earlier this year.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore Liberal MPP Peter Milczyn recently congratulated Women’s Habitat staff on their work.

“I am delighted to have an organization like Women’s Habitat in my riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore,” Milczyn said in a statement.

“I am very happy that this grant from Trillium will allow the Outreach Centre to expand its services, which already include individual and group counselling, transition and support services, housing assistance, parenting support, programs for women, children and youth, and many drop-in programs.”

Silvia Samsa, executive director of Women’s Habitat, said the outreach centre desperately needed the OTF grant.

The centre serves more than 9,200 individual meals every year, and did so, in an apartment-sized kitchen, Samsa said.

“It could not meet the need,” Samsa said of the kitchen in a statement. “Many of our clients have disclosed to us that these meals are often the only secure source of food in their day. Some of our younger clients take home leftovers to share with their families.

“We knew that without a renovation we would no longer be able to provide these meals.”

The renovated kitchen will allow the agency to expand its life skills and nutrition programming to include workshops such as cooking on a budget and healthy eating for kids.

Women’s Habitat has provided emergency shelter to women and children who are survivors of violence since 1978. The agency opened its outreach centre in 2006 to support women and children in the community.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has an annual budget of $136 million, and awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year.

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uReport: Women's Habitat outreach centre in south Etobicoke celebrates reno completion

Needed kitchen upgrades, commercial exhaust system among improvements, thanks to $70K Ontario Trillium grant

Community Sep 14, 2016 Etobicoke Guardian

Women's Habitat shelter officials recently celebrated the completion of renovations at its outreach centre for women and children in south Etobicoke.

Upgrades to the community kitchen, program space enhancements and installation of a commercial exhaust system at the centre at 140 Islington Ave. at Lake Shore Boulevard West were made possible by a nearly $70,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant awarded earlier this year.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore Liberal MPP Peter Milczyn recently congratulated Women’s Habitat staff on their work.

“I am delighted to have an organization like Women’s Habitat in my riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore,” Milczyn said in a statement.

“I am very happy that this grant from Trillium will allow the Outreach Centre to expand its services, which already include individual and group counselling, transition and support services, housing assistance, parenting support, programs for women, children and youth, and many drop-in programs.”

Silvia Samsa, executive director of Women’s Habitat, said the outreach centre desperately needed the OTF grant.

The centre serves more than 9,200 individual meals every year, and did so, in an apartment-sized kitchen, Samsa said.

“It could not meet the need,” Samsa said of the kitchen in a statement. “Many of our clients have disclosed to us that these meals are often the only secure source of food in their day. Some of our younger clients take home leftovers to share with their families.

“We knew that without a renovation we would no longer be able to provide these meals.”

The renovated kitchen will allow the agency to expand its life skills and nutrition programming to include workshops such as cooking on a budget and healthy eating for kids.

Women’s Habitat has provided emergency shelter to women and children who are survivors of violence since 1978. The agency opened its outreach centre in 2006 to support women and children in the community.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has an annual budget of $136 million, and awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year.

* What is uReport? uReport enables our readers to submit photographs and videos from local events, written reports on things happening around Toronto, letters to the editor and event listings. Submissions, made through insidetoronto.com or via email at newsroom@insidetoronto.com , are reviewed by an editor before being published on our website. Select submissions will appear in the newspaper. More than 270,000 individuals visit www.insidetoronto.com every month which makes this a great opportunity to share your information with a broad audience.

uReport: Women's Habitat outreach centre in south Etobicoke celebrates reno completion

Needed kitchen upgrades, commercial exhaust system among improvements, thanks to $70K Ontario Trillium grant

Community Sep 14, 2016 Etobicoke Guardian

Women's Habitat shelter officials recently celebrated the completion of renovations at its outreach centre for women and children in south Etobicoke.

Upgrades to the community kitchen, program space enhancements and installation of a commercial exhaust system at the centre at 140 Islington Ave. at Lake Shore Boulevard West were made possible by a nearly $70,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant awarded earlier this year.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore Liberal MPP Peter Milczyn recently congratulated Women’s Habitat staff on their work.

“I am delighted to have an organization like Women’s Habitat in my riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore,” Milczyn said in a statement.

“I am very happy that this grant from Trillium will allow the Outreach Centre to expand its services, which already include individual and group counselling, transition and support services, housing assistance, parenting support, programs for women, children and youth, and many drop-in programs.”

Silvia Samsa, executive director of Women’s Habitat, said the outreach centre desperately needed the OTF grant.

The centre serves more than 9,200 individual meals every year, and did so, in an apartment-sized kitchen, Samsa said.

“It could not meet the need,” Samsa said of the kitchen in a statement. “Many of our clients have disclosed to us that these meals are often the only secure source of food in their day. Some of our younger clients take home leftovers to share with their families.

“We knew that without a renovation we would no longer be able to provide these meals.”

The renovated kitchen will allow the agency to expand its life skills and nutrition programming to include workshops such as cooking on a budget and healthy eating for kids.

Women’s Habitat has provided emergency shelter to women and children who are survivors of violence since 1978. The agency opened its outreach centre in 2006 to support women and children in the community.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has an annual budget of $136 million, and awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year.

* What is uReport? uReport enables our readers to submit photographs and videos from local events, written reports on things happening around Toronto, letters to the editor and event listings. Submissions, made through insidetoronto.com or via email at newsroom@insidetoronto.com , are reviewed by an editor before being published on our website. Select submissions will appear in the newspaper. More than 270,000 individuals visit www.insidetoronto.com every month which makes this a great opportunity to share your information with a broad audience.