Effective as of December 4, 2017 until January 8, 2018, the basement (program rooms) and the upstairs program room will be closed for the holiday season.
No clothing donations, group or program activities will be taking place during this period.
Limited laundry will be done only with staff accompaniment.
For harm reduction activities, please refer to Carol for information or instructions. —
Available space will be limited in the month of December this means that the Kitchen might be used for meetings. We will do our best to leave this space free from 12 pm – 2 pm but this is not always possible.
Evening/Overnight Drop In:
There have been several reports of men approaching women outside of the drop in in the evening overnight hours attempting to lure them away from the space. Please continue to monitor the outside area, and encourage women in the late hours to not be going off alone. Please let me know if you continue to see this and have any information.
Carol and I will be ordering naloxone now to distribute to participants now from the Works. I will send out an email this week with more information on distributing including what we need to say to participants receiving the kits, and where to record the information.
Please ensure that we continue to work with participants to consolidate luggage. Also, due to the high volume of women in the drop in staff are asked to continue reminding women that luggage should be clear from all chairs and pathways. If you are continuing to work with a particular participant you can log this on pirouette and work with their assigned CSW upstairs.
Out of the Cold:
Beginning Wednesday, November 15th St.Felix, Margaret’s and Warden Woods will be operating the out of the cold drop ins across Toronto. St. Felix is located at: Augusta/Queen, Margaret’s will be at Sherbourne and Dundas PLUS 21 Park Rd (Yonge and Bloor) and Warden Woods (Progress and McCowan in Scarborough). All Dixon Hall operated Out of the Cold services will also be running until the end of March.
Along with our empathy, caring, non-judgment, harm reduction trauma informed care – where we meet women where they are at. Below is a list of tools available during the overnight hours that might assist women with their needs during the overnight hours. While the list has been generated with the harm reduction community specifically in mind they can be used with any of the women accessing the drop-in during the overnight hours.
- Candy and Chocolate, chewing gum
- Juice and water
- Small quiet space dedicated to symptom management
- Hot Pack/ Ice packs
- Foot baths with Epson salts
- Facial masks
- Nail Polish
- Staff available for activities ie. Puzzles, games
- Ice chips
- Staff available to go for smoke breaks
- Blankets and Mats
- Staff to do check-ins
All staff will be supported to take the City of Toronto Harm Reduction training and naxalone training.
If you do not have this training please speak to the Drop In Coordinator to arrange this at the earliest convenience.
Basement closed Dec. 12th – January 8th due to winter holiday storage needs.
Only programming is accompanied participants laundry. Otherwise basement is closed to all participants.
If for some reason a participant needs access to the basement they must be accompanied.
Main Drop-In Door: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Director’s Door: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Front Stairs Ground: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Back Door (OTP): All ways locked
Agenda and location will follow later. As last staff meeting this one will be off site. We are doing the second round of bug spray so in addition to the staff meeting the same bed bug preparation will have to be prepared.
Participants will need to clear the space at 7:30 am on the 17th and will be allowed back at 7:30 pm. Postering announcing the closure should happen by the end of this week.