Leslieville drop-in centre temporarily relocates

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A popular drop-in centre for parents, caregivers and their charges in Leslieville will soon be shutting its doors and temporarily reopening at a new location just down the road.

In the new year, Parent Resources, which has occupied the lower level of the former Riverdale United Church at 1117 Gerrard St. E. since 1996, will be moving westward to Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre at 953 Gerrard St. E. at Pape Avenue. The drop-in will be located in Room 6.

“It’s a much smaller space but its temporary and we’ll make it work until our new home is ready,” said the centre’s longtime executive director Rose-Marie Montinat during a recent interview.

“It was a lot of work to figure out the move, but we got lots of support and help from the community and our partners.”

The move is necessary so that the former church at 1117 Gerrard St E. can be demolished and rebuilt into a five-storey, 35-unit affordable housing complex for seniors. WoodGreen Community Services is behind the project, which will see Parent Resources occupy a bright, accessible 2,500-square-foot space on the new building’s first floor.

An east Toronto staple for 40 years, the final day for Parent Resources at its longtime home at Gerrard Street East, just west of Leslie Street, will be Thursday, Dec. 14.

The weekday drop-in program, which runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is set to resume at Matty Eckler on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The organization, which provides free programming for children up to age 12 as well as activities and workshops for local parents and caregivers, has also rented some storage and office space at Glen Rhodes United Church, which will also be used down the line on Saturdays and during March Break and the summer months. 

In early 2018, Parent Resources will also be resuming its popular reading club Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the nearby Leslieville Junior Public School, 254 Leslie St.

Discussions to redevelop 1117 Gerrard St. E. have been in the works for at least five years.

Initially, Parent Resources wasn’t 100 per cent certain if it would be part of the future plans for that site, but in the end, an agreement was reached to include the drop-in centre as part of the new building.

“There were some stressful times. We wondered if we would have to shut down or move,” shared Montinat, who credited several supporters – most notably former church members George Shield and Jessie Lawson, Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher, and city staff – for ensuring they can stay at that location in the community.

During a recent interview, WoodGreen President and CEO Anne Babcock said her agency has been supportive of keeping Parent Resources in the community and is happy to include the drop-in centre as part of the future project.

“There’s no reason for them to shut down. We wanted (Parent Resources) to stay open. It’s a great program,” said Babcock, adding they worked closely with Fletcher and Toronto Children’s Services to help the Centre find a suitable temporary home. 

She also said WoodGreen intends to keep in close contact with the community and direct neighbours throughout the construction process.

Babcock assured Parent Resources’ new home, which will be roughly the same size as its longtime one, would be great.

“It’s a beautiful space they co-designed. There’s even going to be a bit of outdoor space,” she said. 

Area resident Binzhen Wu visits the drop-in most days with her daughter Ivy Zhang and said she’s looking forward to the new facility.

“I can’t wait to see the new space,” the mother of three smiled.

“I’ve met so many at the centre. The people here are so nice: the teachers, the parents, the caregivers.”

Caregiver Maria Frade said Parents Resources is “like a second home.” A nanny to local children since 2015, she, too, visits the centre almost daily. 

Leslieville resident Avis Remple also frequents Parents Resources with her grandson a number of times a week.

“It’s a great space and the new facility will be even better,” she said.

Like Wu and Frade, Remple said she plans to check out the temporary drop-in space at Matty Eckler.

WoodGreen has applied for a demolition permit and the hope is to start taking down the old church within the next month or so. Construction could take 20 to 24 months. The new building is expected to open in the spring of 2020.

Visit http://parentresourcesdropin.ca/ for more details.

Leslieville drop-in centre temporarily relocates

Former Riverdale United Church to be demolished, property redeveloped

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A popular drop-in centre for parents, caregivers and their charges in Leslieville will soon be shutting its doors and temporarily reopening at a new location just down the road.

In the new year, Parent Resources, which has occupied the lower level of the former Riverdale United Church at 1117 Gerrard St. E. since 1996, will be moving westward to Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre at 953 Gerrard St. E. at Pape Avenue. The drop-in will be located in Room 6.

“It’s a much smaller space but its temporary and we’ll make it work until our new home is ready,” said the centre’s longtime executive director Rose-Marie Montinat during a recent interview.

“It was a lot of work to figure out the move, but we got lots of support and help from the community and our partners.”

The move is necessary so that the former church at 1117 Gerrard St E. can be demolished and rebuilt into a five-storey, 35-unit affordable housing complex for seniors. WoodGreen Community Services is behind the project, which will see Parent Resources occupy a bright, accessible 2,500-square-foot space on the new building’s first floor.

An east Toronto staple for 40 years, the final day for Parent Resources at its longtime home at Gerrard Street East, just west of Leslie Street, will be Thursday, Dec. 14.

The weekday drop-in program, which runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is set to resume at Matty Eckler on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The organization, which provides free programming for children up to age 12 as well as activities and workshops for local parents and caregivers, has also rented some storage and office space at Glen Rhodes United Church, which will also be used down the line on Saturdays and during March Break and the summer months. 

In early 2018, Parent Resources will also be resuming its popular reading club Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the nearby Leslieville Junior Public School, 254 Leslie St.

Discussions to redevelop 1117 Gerrard St. E. have been in the works for at least five years.

Initially, Parent Resources wasn’t 100 per cent certain if it would be part of the future plans for that site, but in the end, an agreement was reached to include the drop-in centre as part of the new building.

“There were some stressful times. We wondered if we would have to shut down or move,” shared Montinat, who credited several supporters – most notably former church members George Shield and Jessie Lawson, Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher, and city staff – for ensuring they can stay at that location in the community.

During a recent interview, WoodGreen President and CEO Anne Babcock said her agency has been supportive of keeping Parent Resources in the community and is happy to include the drop-in centre as part of the future project.

“There’s no reason for them to shut down. We wanted (Parent Resources) to stay open. It’s a great program,” said Babcock, adding they worked closely with Fletcher and Toronto Children’s Services to help the Centre find a suitable temporary home. 

She also said WoodGreen intends to keep in close contact with the community and direct neighbours throughout the construction process.

Babcock assured Parent Resources’ new home, which will be roughly the same size as its longtime one, would be great.

“It’s a beautiful space they co-designed. There’s even going to be a bit of outdoor space,” she said. 

Area resident Binzhen Wu visits the drop-in most days with her daughter Ivy Zhang and said she’s looking forward to the new facility.

“I can’t wait to see the new space,” the mother of three smiled.

“I’ve met so many at the centre. The people here are so nice: the teachers, the parents, the caregivers.”

Caregiver Maria Frade said Parents Resources is “like a second home.” A nanny to local children since 2015, she, too, visits the centre almost daily. 

Leslieville resident Avis Remple also frequents Parents Resources with her grandson a number of times a week.

“It’s a great space and the new facility will be even better,” she said.

Like Wu and Frade, Remple said she plans to check out the temporary drop-in space at Matty Eckler.

WoodGreen has applied for a demolition permit and the hope is to start taking down the old church within the next month or so. Construction could take 20 to 24 months. The new building is expected to open in the spring of 2020.

Visit http://parentresourcesdropin.ca/ for more details.

Leslieville drop-in centre temporarily relocates

Former Riverdale United Church to be demolished, property redeveloped

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A popular drop-in centre for parents, caregivers and their charges in Leslieville will soon be shutting its doors and temporarily reopening at a new location just down the road.

In the new year, Parent Resources, which has occupied the lower level of the former Riverdale United Church at 1117 Gerrard St. E. since 1996, will be moving westward to Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre at 953 Gerrard St. E. at Pape Avenue. The drop-in will be located in Room 6.

“It’s a much smaller space but its temporary and we’ll make it work until our new home is ready,” said the centre’s longtime executive director Rose-Marie Montinat during a recent interview.

“It was a lot of work to figure out the move, but we got lots of support and help from the community and our partners.”

The move is necessary so that the former church at 1117 Gerrard St E. can be demolished and rebuilt into a five-storey, 35-unit affordable housing complex for seniors. WoodGreen Community Services is behind the project, which will see Parent Resources occupy a bright, accessible 2,500-square-foot space on the new building’s first floor.

An east Toronto staple for 40 years, the final day for Parent Resources at its longtime home at Gerrard Street East, just west of Leslie Street, will be Thursday, Dec. 14.

The weekday drop-in program, which runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is set to resume at Matty Eckler on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The organization, which provides free programming for children up to age 12 as well as activities and workshops for local parents and caregivers, has also rented some storage and office space at Glen Rhodes United Church, which will also be used down the line on Saturdays and during March Break and the summer months. 

In early 2018, Parent Resources will also be resuming its popular reading club Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the nearby Leslieville Junior Public School, 254 Leslie St.

Discussions to redevelop 1117 Gerrard St. E. have been in the works for at least five years.

Initially, Parent Resources wasn’t 100 per cent certain if it would be part of the future plans for that site, but in the end, an agreement was reached to include the drop-in centre as part of the new building.

“There were some stressful times. We wondered if we would have to shut down or move,” shared Montinat, who credited several supporters – most notably former church members George Shield and Jessie Lawson, Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher, and city staff – for ensuring they can stay at that location in the community.

During a recent interview, WoodGreen President and CEO Anne Babcock said her agency has been supportive of keeping Parent Resources in the community and is happy to include the drop-in centre as part of the future project.

“There’s no reason for them to shut down. We wanted (Parent Resources) to stay open. It’s a great program,” said Babcock, adding they worked closely with Fletcher and Toronto Children’s Services to help the Centre find a suitable temporary home. 

She also said WoodGreen intends to keep in close contact with the community and direct neighbours throughout the construction process.

Babcock assured Parent Resources’ new home, which will be roughly the same size as its longtime one, would be great.

“It’s a beautiful space they co-designed. There’s even going to be a bit of outdoor space,” she said. 

Area resident Binzhen Wu visits the drop-in most days with her daughter Ivy Zhang and said she’s looking forward to the new facility.

“I can’t wait to see the new space,” the mother of three smiled.

“I’ve met so many at the centre. The people here are so nice: the teachers, the parents, the caregivers.”

Caregiver Maria Frade said Parents Resources is “like a second home.” A nanny to local children since 2015, she, too, visits the centre almost daily. 

Leslieville resident Avis Remple also frequents Parents Resources with her grandson a number of times a week.

“It’s a great space and the new facility will be even better,” she said.

Like Wu and Frade, Remple said she plans to check out the temporary drop-in space at Matty Eckler.

WoodGreen has applied for a demolition permit and the hope is to start taking down the old church within the next month or so. Construction could take 20 to 24 months. The new building is expected to open in the spring of 2020.

Visit http://parentresourcesdropin.ca/ for more details.