COVID-19 Senior Community Supports

Community Care Durham
Adult Day Program
https://www.facebook.com/CCDVirtualSocialClub/

With the suspension of the in-person Adult Day Programs, CCD has created the CCD Virtual Social Club. Staff from the ADP programs are offering up a daily dose of activities and good clean fun. People are invited to visit daily to access a variety of word games, exercise links, videos and educational links for ADP clients and their families to enjoy. All are welcome.

See https://www.facebook.com/CCDVirtualSocialClub/

Chartwell Comfort Kits for Seniors email cathy at cmackrell@chartwell.com

Chartwell wants to bring some comfort to you in your home!
Our complimentary Comfort Kits for Seniors are filled with activities, cozy items and treats and are delivered safely to your home by our Retirement Living Consultants. To receive your complimentary Comfort Kit for yourself or for your parent, call or email cathy at cmackrell@chartwell.com
Discover how we are making peoples lives BETTER!

Oshawa
Oshawa Senior Community Centres 55+
(OSCC55+)
For more information, please visit http://www.oscc.ca, email
info@oscc.ca or call 905-576-6712 ext. 2830.
Updated April 28th

In response to Durham Region municipalities entering Stage 3 of its Framework for Reopening, OSCC55+ has reopened branches for limited use, using a phased approach and ensuring compliance with provincial emergency orders and Durham Region Health guidelines. See www.oscc.ca COVID-19 info & reopening updates or call (905) 576-6712 ext. 2830 for more information.

Our team is here for you during this time. All programs listed below will continue as we transition to in-person programs and services. Have questions? Check out our website www.oscc.ca on the frequently asked questions page for more information. Watch the online tutorial of how to navigate this site and gain access to all of initiatives below.

Telephone Outreach Program – Seniors can register to receive regular check-in calls to reduce feelings of isolation and provide care and concern. This free service is available to anyone 55 or older in the Durham community. To register, please call 905-576-6712 ext. 2830 or email info@oscc.ca.

Grocery Order & Delivery Service – in partnership with a local grocer, the OSCC55+ will be facilitating grocery orders for seniors in need through providing delivery within Oshawa by our vans and transportation staff. Seniors can call 905-576-6712 ext. 2830 or email groceries@oscc.ca with their list and staff will be in touch to confirm delivery and payment. Payments must be by cheque to the grocery store.

OSCC55+ COVID-19 Resource Guide – OSCC55+ has prepared a resource guide to assist older adults with access to services in the community. The complete resource guide can be found at oscc.ca/stayconnected and at various businesses in Oshawa. Grocery stores or pharmacies interested in receiving copies may contact our staff at 905-576-6712 ext. 2830 to request a drop off.

Online Programs – OSCC55+ has introduced online programming for seniors wishing to stay active and continue to be engaged. These free interactive programs are accessible at oscc.ca/onlineprograms through a computer, smart phone or a tablet. Topics include: Zumba, yoga, wellness seminars, general interest workshops, current events, cooking demonstrations and more.

Social Connecting through Facebook – OSCC55+ is engaging with the community through the OSCC55+ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OSCC55plus/) with entertaining videos, useful links, programs and fitness demonstrations to help keep seniors engaged and active. We invite people to comment, share and like to keep our seniors’ community connected and strong.
For more information, please visit http://www.oscc.ca, email info@oscc.ca or call 905-576-6712 ext. 2830.

Whitby

Whitby Senior Centre905-668-1424Updated May 12th

The Whitby Senior Center is offering a new Seniors Connection Line connects Whitby seniors with people who can offer information, support and friendly conversation during this time of physical distancing. Call 905-668-1424 to leave your name and number and get a call back.

In partnership with the Whitby Public Library, the Whitby Senior Centre is now offering Seniors Centre Without Walls four times per week. Seniors can call in and participate in an hour of activities. For a schedule and call-in details, visit the Whitby Seniors Centre.

Ajax
Town of Ajax Friendly Check-in for Seniors 905-427-8811Updated May 12th

Register to receive a friendly check-in call from Town staff, for social connection, updates and links to local resources. To register call 905-427-
8811.

Pickering
Pickering 55+ Adults905-420-4660 ext. 2078 or email
kbradley@pickering.ca
Updated May 12th

While all of our regular programs and events are on hold, we invite Pickering adults 55+ to join our newly created 55+ Facebook Group. This group offers activities, experiences, social fun and information sharing opportunities just for our older adult community. Learn more.

Pickering 55+ Adults is offering Seniors Centre Without Walls – Connect to free weekly programs and Spotlight Series presentations. No computer or internet required. Call 905-420-4660 ext. 2078 or email kbradley@pickering.ca.

Bowmanville
Bowmanville Older Adults Association (BOAA)
For Older Adult Support
905-242-5585Updated April 28th

The BOAA is OPEN with LIMITED ACCESS available for members and guests. Pre-registration for indoor & outdoor events and programs is required. In addition, masks are required at all times within the facility with mandatory pre-screening and temperature check prior to entering the building.
NOW OFFERING indoor, outdoor, online and over the phone programs and events for members including the weekly Drive-Thru Bake Sale & Drive-Thru Diner.

To view a listing of activities, please contact us at
www.bowmanvilleolderadults.com
905-697-2856
events@bowmanvilleolderadults.com
If you require immediate assistance, please reach out to BOAA’s Emergency Line, Angie Darlison, at 905-242-5585 or execdirector@bowmanvilleolderadults.com

Bowmanville Rotary Club905-435-7428April 28th

If you are a senior, immunocompromised, or have no support, WE CAN HELP.
Email us at: bowmanvillerotarydeliversfood@gmail.com
Or call 905-435-7428.

We can take your order and arrange payment. Our team of volunteers will shop for you and deliver to your door. Maximum orders not to exceed $200.00. Payment of cash or cheque can be accepted without contact. Simply leave in a zip lock bag. If you cannot afford food, we can help.

Information Collection

The Gap Committee in collaboration with Durham Housing Advisory Network

Welcome to the Gap Committee website. We understand that these are challenging times. The information on our website is coordinated with the Durham Housing Advisory Network’s daily Service Updates. We are grateful to all the service providers who are continuing to provide services one way or another during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for sharing information about their services with us for you.

If you have updates from your service/agency, or if you are aware of any errors, omissions or discrepancies, please email dhumemckenna@dmhs.ca before 11:00 am each day so they can be added to the service update for the next day. 

If you have concerns about anything in particular, or if you want information about something that you don’t see on the website, please let us know. 

COVID-19 Donation Opportunities

CMHA-Durham
Donation Needed: Looking for sewn masks

CMHA Durham is looking for community support for fabric sewn masks.

If you or someone you know has a sewing machine and is willing to assist us would be much appreciated. Here is are some links below with instructions and patterns:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FB–BOyTiU&feature=emb_rel_end
https://www.deaconess.com/how-to-make-a-face-mask
https://cosplay-patterns.com/collections/coronavirus-patterns

It has been recommended that pleated masks with ties are more comfortable and allow for variable sizing.
If fabric is not available, any clean breathable cotton fabric can be used (i.e. sheets).

We appreciate any support to help us serve our community for as long as possible.

To reach CMHA-Durham please phone at 995-436-8760 or contact
felicean@cmhadurham.org

United Way Durham COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Donate to the United Way Durham COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Every dollar will stay in Durham Region and assist those most vulnerable in our community.

The United Way in Durham is uniquely positioned to work with existing agency and community partners to ensure that your dollars are utilized efficiently and with scale.

As we work through this, we thank you for helping us return to a healthier and more prosperous Durham Region for all.

Durham Outlook for The Needy (DOFN operates St. Vincent’s Kitchen)

DOFN would like to thank everyone for their concerns and caring emails that we have been receiving lately. It is truly appreciated during hard times such as these. Many people have been asking for ways to aid through volunteering, donating food or monetary donations to help DOFN.

  • Monetary Donations: The best way to help support DOFN during these difficult times is through monetary donations. This can be done online at https://durhamoutlook.com/donate/
  • In person: Cheques or cash can be safely dropped off in our mailbox. Please email for times when this will be available. The mailbox is located right inside the main entrance door on your right-hand side. The main door faces the King Street side of the building and has a sign that reads Durham Outlook for the Needy above the door. The door handle and mailbox will be sanitized. If you see someone inside using the mailbox, please wait outside for them to exit. One person inside at a time please.
    • Address is 51 King St E, Oshawa L1H 1B4 First Drop off time will be between 12pm-2pm Tuesday April 7th
  • Volunteering: Currently as a safety precaution we are not requiring the need of any more volunteers during this time, however, when we reopen, we will require all the volunteers we can possibly get. We will notify everyone when the timing is right. Please watch our Facebook page –https://www.facebook.com/durham.outlook/
  • Food Donations: We are requesting that all food donations be dropped off to Feed the Need. They can be reached at 905-571-3863, please call ahead and do not just show up. We are working with Feed the Need and other organizations in the community pooling our resources together.
  • Programs: Out of the three programs DOFN offers, our Food Distribution and Pick-Up program is still in operation. We are combining efforts with other organizations in the community to ensure the vulnerable in our community are still being supported in the safest possible way. For the protection of the vulnerable in our community we have had to close the kitchen and store programs. These programs will re-open once the state of emergency has been removed.

Thank you to all of the front line workers risking their lives every day to make our community a better place.

COVID-19 Victims of Violence, Assault or Abuse

Bethesda House, The Denise House, Herizon House, Y’s Wish:April 24th, 2020

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the essential services of the four “Violence Against Women” (VAW) shelters in Durham Region are open to support women with and without children who are experiencing violence and abuse. We manage our bed counts and capacity issues daily and the availability of beds can change frequently. We do not want the fear that a bed might not be available to stop a woman from reaching out to us for the specialized support we can provide.

Our trained and experienced counselors are there to take their calls 24/7, helping them identify their options and resources.

Women can reach us at…
The Denise House
905-728-7311 or 1 – 800 -263 – 3725
Y’sWISH
905 576 2997 or 1 – 888 – 576 – 2997
Herizon House
905-426-1064 or 1 – 866 – 437 – 4066
Bethesda House
905-623-6045 or 1 – 800 – 338 – 3397

Durham Rape Crisis Centre Crisis Line: 905 668 9200Oct. 20

Our counselling services are for women and women-identified survivors of sexual violence who are 16 years of age and older. Currently we are intaking new clients and offering individual and group counselling on phone or secure video. (Clients can also begin intake but defer if they prefer to wait for in-person counselling sessions.)

Our Intake Worker, is Michaela and she can be reached at 905 444 9672 ext: 25 or (the best way) her e-mail is michaela@drcc.ca. Our current wait time for individual counselling is 3 – 4 months, however once clients begin intake they can join groups (currently we have a meditation, yoga, youth survivors, and survivors circle all via zoom.) These services are between 9 – 5, Monday –Friday.

Our crisis and support line is for any survivor of sexual violence aged 16 or older. It operates 24/7 and staffed by trained volunteers. The number is 905 668 9200.

Our email address is also available at info@drcc.ca for general information or information about public education.

Victim Services of Durham RegionKira McDonald at
905.441.9202
Hailey Collins at 905.925.7202
Oct 20

Victim Services of Durham Region (VSDR) is supporting individuals and families victimized by gender- based violence. Clients will be supported by VSDR and connected to appropriate community partners which could include, Income Support, Housing Services, and Shelter Outreach Workers.

Victim Services of Durham Region is no longer accepting new clients into our Hotel Program (Safe Accommodation Program). All clients who are currently supported in hotels through the program will remain in the program until their pre-determined check-out date, and then supported in finding longer term housing. The program will conclude at the end of July 2020.

For emergency accommodation needs 24/7 please contact one of Durham’s VAW shelters.

Victim Services of Durham Region continues to support clients in accessing emotional support, connecting clients to services, and VQRP+ resources. Please call us at 905-721-4226.

The Eligibility Criteria for Accessing this Program Includes:
•Client (inclusive of client and children) is a victim of gender-based violence
with a current threat for their safety in their current place of residence
•Client would be appropriate to refer to a shelter if available
•Client is a Durham Region resident
•Clients do NOT need prior connections with Income Support, DRPS, etc. to
access this funding

To Access this Program:
Calls for general Victim Services support can be made to our mainline at 905-721-4226

Durham Region domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Care Centre To reach the office 905 576-8711 ext. 33286….Mon-Fri, 0700-1500
To reach emergency services Please go directly to the Emergency Department at LHO
To reach counselling services
905 576-8711 ext.32328….Mon-Fr-, 0900-1700
Oct 20

Acute care medical services for victims of sexual assault and domestic
violence. Including examination, treatment, evidence collection, documentation, referrals and follow –up. Services are available 24/7 staffed
by on call nurses through the Emergency Department at the Lakeridge Health Oshawa site (LHO). Availability of services have not changed during Covid-19.
We also offer trauma counselling for victims over 18 years of age who present within a year of the assault. Counselling is currently being done via a phone call.

To reach the office 905 576-8711 ext. 33286….Mon-Fri, 0700-1500
To reach emergency services Please go directly to the Emergency Department at LHO
To reach counselling services
905 576-8711 ext.32328….Mon-Fr-, 0900-1700

Victim/Witness Assistance Program Oct 20

During the COVID 19 pandemic, we have continued to offer services to Victims/Witnesses of crime, however, our offices are currently closed to walk in clients. In order to access services, please call into our office at 905-743-2790 and leave a message. To expedite service, please state the victim’s name, the name of the accused person and clearly state a number the victim can be reached at. A worker will then reach out as soon as possible, normally within one business day. All of our services are free of charge.
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program provides information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime to increase their understanding of, and participation in, the criminal court process. This service is offered in cases where charges are laid and the matter is still before the Court.

Services are provided on a priority basis to the most vulnerable victims and
witnesses of violent crime, such as domestic violence, child abuse, sexual
assault, homicide and hate crime. Families of traffic fatality victims are also
eligible. Services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the
court case is over.
Victim/Witness Assistance Program services include:
 Crisis intervention
 Emotional support
 Case specific information (court dates, bail conditions)
 Court preparation and orientation information
 Needs assessment
 Referrals to community agencies.
For more information, please refer to the Victim/Witness Assistance Program brochure.

DRIVEN905-432-7233Oct 20

DRIVEN is open every Monday, excluding statutory holidays, from 8:30am 4:30 pm.

DRIVEN operates under a hub model of service, providing wrap around support to any individual that identifies as female and has been affected by any form of gender-based violence. During COVID-19, we are still available to provide phone support on Mondays. Our phone number is 905-432-7233.

Our email is info@durhamdriven.com. It’s important to note that our phone and email are not monitored Tues-Fri.

DRIVEN provides a number of supports including housing, counselling, safety planning, connection to legal support, connection to financial support, connection to settlement and newcomer support, connection to employment support, and many other supports through our on-site and off-site partners.

Consolidated Violence Against Women (VAW) Emergency ResponseOct. 20

A full list of violence against women resources available during the COVID 19 crisis is available at Violence Prevention Coordinating Council of Durham. http://www.vpccdurham.org/covid19

Luke’s PlaceOct. 20

COVID-19 Mental Health and Addictions Supports

24 HOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS PHONE SUPPORT

Distress Center Durham 1-800-452-0688 or 905-430-2522
Durham Mental Health Services 1-800-742-1890
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Pinewood’s 24/7 crisis line for substance use:
905-721-4747 ext. 31208 or toll free 1-888-881-8878

Overdose Prevention Line: 1-888-853-8542
Grenfell Ministries Overdose Prevention Line (O.P.L) is a number you can call if you are about to use drugs and are located in Ontario. This is a peer development initiative, and your call will be answered without judgment. You will be asked for your code (which is comprised of the first 2 letters of your first name, the first 2 letters of your last name, and the last two digits of your date of birth), your location and a few questions in relation to anonymous data collection, no personal data that can be used to identify you will be collected or stored.

The operator will stay with you on the phone line while you use drugs, in the event that they receive no response after administration of narcotics the operator will call 911 and alert them to a possible overdose at the location you had given.

The Line is now open 24/7
You can call us if you are about to use drugs or if you are in need of harm reduction supplies or assistance with at home detoxing.
For more information :
https://www.grenfellministries.org/overdose-prevention-line

PRIDE line
1 (855) 87-PRIDE (77433)
•Mental Health/Distress Support for LGBTQ community
•Open 6 pm to 10 pm


Aids Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) Harm Reduction 115 Simcoe Street South.

ACDR’s harm reduction program has resumed at their office located at
115 Simcoe Street South. These services can be accessed Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM.

Harm reduction supplies, kits, naloxone, and fentanyl testing kits are available. For more information please contact Kayla at harmreduction@aidsdurham.com

  • Phone and Virtual Supports
  • Day Programs
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Recovery College

Canadian Mental Health Association Durham (CMHA-Durham)August 18th 2020

The building is open Monday to Friday 9-noon and 1-3:30pm. We are screening all visitors and directing at-risk individuals to be tested for COVID-19. All visitors are required to wear a cloth face mask which are provided at the screening station.

We continue to accept and triage referrals from all sources.

We are providing virtual case management and support services as per
the direction of the Ministry of Health. The purpose of this type of service is to support physical distancing and minimizing contact with COVID19.

We continue to provide high-quality care while ensuring the safety of our clients and caregivers, front-line providers, and our community.

We are providing medical appointments with our Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic (NPLC) for any members of the vulnerable community who does not have access to a primary care provider. The clinic can be reached at 1-844-436-8760.
Our Nurse Practitioner led clinic is providing medical supports to Mission United (Simcoe Street United Church – 66 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa) a collaboration amongst existing service providers who work with the unsheltered population in Oshawa to provide essential low-barrier services in one accessible location, delivered by trusted providers during the COVID-10 Pandemic. More details here
https://oshawaexpress.ca/community-groups-team-up-tohelpunsheltered/

Our onsite Bond Street Pharmacy is open Monday to Friday 9-noon and 1-3pm
Two psychiatrists are available for consults via our NPLC and a third
psychiatrist is following ACT clients

CMHA Recovery College

CMHA Durham’s Recovery College has gone online! There is a new course catalogue and information about how to join Google Classroom on our website. These include online courses in wellness planning and coping with fatigue.
New Courses will be launched every Tuesday that will offer supports to individuals during this Pandemic. Anyone can sign up for free.
https://cmhadurham.ca/services/recovery-college-wellness-centre/

Lakeridge Health, Mental Health, and Pinewood CentreJuly 13th, 2020

Please note that Pinewood Community Treatment offices remain closed and Pinewood’s support line is available 24/7.
• Outpatient mental health services, Pinewood Centre and Child Youth and Family Program services are provided virtually, through telephone and Microsoft Teams.
• Residential withdrawal management program are now re-opened with limited capacity for safety during the pandemic. There will be 8 beds open at this time and priority will be given to individuals who are medically stable and experiencing active withdrawal.
• New clients are being admitted into all outpatient services.
• Reminder of our new centralized access line for community mental health and Pinewood Centre: 905-721-4747.
• Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) is re-opening for in-person new client assessments on May 7 2020 at the 300 Centre Street location. Appointments only. Please call 905-721-4747 ext 37226 to leave a message and calls to returned same day. Follow up remains virtual.

Lakeridge Health, Ajax Outpatient Services Virtual Psychoeducational Group Program Updated October

Effective Tuesday October 13, 2020 the Lakeridge Health, Ajax Outpatient Staff will be providing a virtual psycho-educational group program for
individuals suffering with mental health issues.

Referrals can be made by a psychiatrist or physician in the community
who has clients that may benefit from support, counseling and psychoeducation. Priority will be given to Ajax Lakeridge Inpatients and
Crisis referrals; a waitlist will be generated if necessary.

We will be providing the same format of services that we have in the past.
Clients will start in the Day Hospital program with daily support Monday
to Friday, and then progress to the Day Treatment program when less support is required. Individual phone support will also be provided to individuals who are attending the virtual groups.

Day Hospital – Monday to Friday daily virtual groups for 3 weeks
Day Treatment, Phase One – Monday, Wednesday, Friday virtual groups
for 3 weeks
Day Treatment, Phase Two – Tuesday, Thursday virtual groups for 3 weeks

Community Care Durham (CCD) Mental Health SupportsJuly 13th, 2020

COPE is a community mental health service offering emotional support to adults aged 16 and older, with emotional and/or mental health concerns. COPE accepts referrals from a wide variety of community sources. Self referrals are welcome. Once a referral is processed, an assessment is completed to determine service initiation. There is no fee for COPE
services.

During this current COVID-19 situation this essential service is being offered online and by telephone. The Downloadable Referral Form is available here on the CCD website at http://communitycaredurham.on.ca/health-wellness/mental-healthsupport-groups/.

Questions about this service can be directed to the local CCD office – see http://communitycaredurham.on.ca/about-us/contact-us/

Salvation Army
45 King Street Oshawa
July 13th, 2020

The Salvation Army Oshawa Community & Family Services is still in operation but with reduced programming. All counselling sessions are now being done via zoom conferencing or by phone.
All group programs are on hold for the time being.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND OTHERS

Ontario Shores – Health Care Worker Assist Service (HCWAssist)

HCWAssist will provide virtual, rapid access to services for all health care workers, to provide skills that enhance resilience and reduce symptom burden, delivered over a 4-6 week period. An Intake Clinician will assess the individual’s needs and offer a plan of care utilizing a variety of services which may include system navigation, crisis planning or brief therapy intervention.The clinic is open to any health care worker over the age of 18 who meets the criteria for service.

Health care workers can self-refer or refer through their Primary Care
Practitioner to Ontario Shores’ Central Intake at 1.877.767.9642, calling
crisis at 1.800.263.2679 or visit www.ontarioshores.ca/hcwassist for more
information.

BounceBack

This is a guided self-help program for adults and youth aged 15 and over using workbooks with online videos and phone coaching support. To access, visit bouncebackontario.ca for more information or ask your primary care provider for a referral.

Big White Wall

This is a free online mental health support network for Ontarians 16+. Connect with others and share how you’re feeling. Whether facing daily challenges or major events, help is available. Learn new ways to take on life’s challenges. For more information or to access, visit https://www.bigwhitewall.com

Helplines/Online Supports

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
24/7 virtual support service offering professional counselling, information and referrals as well as volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French at 1-800-668-6868.
Crisis Text Line
To access: text 741741 and type Front Line in the message box
This is an extension of the Kids Help Phone for people of all ages to
provide 24/7 support by text. It provides a targeted support for frontline workers. You will be connected with a trained crisis counsellor on a secure platform that is confidential and anonymous. To access: text
741741 and type Front Line in the message box
ConnexOntario
1-866-531-2600
For assistance in accessing other mental health and addictions services in Ontario for those over 18, contact ConnexOntario, Ontario’s mental health, addictions
and problem gambling help line at 1-866-531-2600.
Good2Talk
www.good2talk.ca
Good2Talk is a free, confidential mental health support service
providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to postsecondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Learn more at www.good2talk.ca.
Addictions Counselling
12-Step Recovery Meetingshttps://zoom.us/j/6721499373

To respond to the growing need for community and support during this time, below are the details on 12-step recovery meetings for all addictions:
Every Tuesday at 12:30 pm EST 
Every Thursday at 12:30 pm EST

Sunday evening at 7 pm EST
 
Click this link to join the meeting:
 https://zoom.us/j/6721499373
 
Please share this group and this zoom link to those in need of a home group during this time.

Addiction Counselling
(Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation)
https://caccf.ca/

This website is offering free unlimited addiction counselling via instant messaging and or video chat.

CACCF- https://caccf.ca/
CLICK TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT THE FIRST AVAILABLE COUNSELLOR WILL RESPOND. This service is all free, and no limitations.

Self Care

“Being Resilient During Coronavirus”
https://www.rickhanson.net/being-resilient-during-coronavirus/

Here are 2 opportunities to practice mindfulness – both are facilitated by experts. They can be used by to staff; colleagues, clients/families, and anyone else that comes to mind.
These are also being posted on Ontario Tech’s website.
1) Opportunity to join in weekly mindfulness practice groups through ZOOM – you can join with or without video

Tuesday evening – 7 pm: https://satipanna.com/programs-and-events/weekly-mindfulness-meditation/
Monday evenings: https://www.truepeace.ca/

2) Free daily mindfulness practice with a group, led by world renowned experts – you sign up – here is the link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa4af29ab9-free

Once you’ve signed up, you will receive an email confirmation.

COVID-19 Food Security

FOOD BANKS

FOOD BANKS IN DURHAM REGION (Feed the Need Durham Partners)https://feedtheneedindurham.ca/active-member-agencies/

This link has updated information as it comes in so it is the most up to date source of information from Feed the Need Durham.
https://feedtheneedindurham.ca/active-member-agencies/

NEW LIFE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTRE FOODBANK905-404-2004

RE-OPEN PLAN
New Life Neighbourhood Centre will re-open Thursday May 7th from 1:00 to 3:30pm to existing clients by appointment only.

Clients will need to call 905-404-2004 to pre-register for an appointment and assigned pickup time slot.

SIMCOE HALL
SETTLEMENT HOUSE

387 Simcoe Street South,
Oshawa
905-728-7525

Temporary Changes
Effective from Monday May 11th temporary changes have been made to our food bank pick-up rules. Clients can receive:
· Full hamper, with hygiene products once a month
· Top up every two weeks
· Produce once a week
Clients can call the agency at 905-728-7525 or email foodbank@simcoehall.com.

Food Bank Hours

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 11:30 am & 1 pm – 3pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 9:00 am – 11:30 am & 1 pm – 3 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 11:30 am & 1 pm – 3 pm

SALVATION ARMY
OSHAWA FOOD BANK
45 King St. Oshawa

Effective from Monday March 30th we will be operating our food bank at The Salvation Army on the following days. All other services will remain as
previously reported.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:30-12pm.

SALVATION ARMY AJAX122 Hunt St. Ajax

The Salvation Army Food Bank and Family Services is open for family food service for new and existing clients and those in need during this difficult
time. Emergency food bags specific to those without cooking facilities are available. Appointments can be made at 905 427 7123 to register or book an
appointment for food pick up.

The centre is open Monday to Thursday 10 am12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm. Bagged lunches are provided on Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm – 1pm. To support physical distancing all pick ups are being facilitated at the back entrance door.

COMMUNITY CARE DURHAM (CCD)
Community Food Box
1-888-255-6688

Community Food Box: $30.00 (subsidies are available). “Community to Table” Food Box. In response to the public health crisis, Community Care Durham is partnering with local businesses to offer a weekly food box containing kitchen essentials, much of which are locally made or grown.

The Community Food Box contains essential groceries for healthy living and
may contain eggs, dairy, breads, baked goods, pasta, soups, beverages, paper products, fruits and vegetables.
Local business partners will vary weekly and we will continue to partner with local business to bring you a truly “community” experience.

Order Monday with free delivery to your door on Friday. (Credit card or preauthorized payments only) To order please call 1-888-255-6688.

FOOD LOCATIONS

THE BACK DOOR MISSION(see other supports COVID-19 Drop-In Centres/Location Support
66 Simcoe St S, Oshawa

We are open 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm
•Meals are served (take-out only) between 10 am – 1 pm and
• Bathrooms are available from 9 am to 5 pm
•Screening remains in effect at the door

GATE 3:1664 Albany St, Oshawa

We now are in our regular hours during the week:
Monday to Thursday 8am to 2pm
Friday 8am to 1pm
Saturdays; Every Second and Fourth Saturday of each month we serve lunch at approximately 11 / 11:30 am and we are usually finished by the latest 2pm. This is hosted by a local church located in Whitby and on our
premises.
Sundays Every Sunday at 3pm, a Pastor comes from a local church to
our premises. He conducts a quick church service and then serves a BBQ /
meal.

Free laundry services.
Showers and washrooms available during opening hours.

Clothing is also distributed on Tuesdays only.
Once we are into full stream, podiatrist service and medical services available on specific days. Days to be determined once COVID19
precautions are over and past.

THE REFUGE300 Court St, Oshawa

Beginning Tuesday, June 23rd:
• Serving youth aged 16-26 only,
• Monday to Friday breakfast and lunch will be served on our backyard patio.
• Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Bathroom will remain open between 9:00am-2pm.
Shower will be available (only one shower stall available) while we are
open.

Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Breakfast and Lunch 9-2.
Shower 9-2
Washroom 9-3:30

FIRST LIGHT FOUNDATION
OF HOPE
253 Simcoe St S, Oshawa

Monday-Friday
6 am to 8 am
Breakfast to go
Hot Sandwich, Snack Bag, Coffee, juice and water

Monday-Friday
6 pm – 8 pm
Diner to go
Pizza, Hot Meal in a Cup, Coffee, water
Cell phones can be charged while we are open

FIRST LIGHT FOUNDATION
DURHAM OUTLOOK FOR
THE NEEDY

St. Vincent Pallotti’s
Kitchen
51 King St. East Oshawa

Every Sunday starting September 13th we will be handing out food for the
patrons.

Patrons will have two different types of bags to choose from, one
“Snacks” and the other “Households”. We will be handing out the bags from 1pm-3pm. Patrons can line up outside the side entrance.
A sign will be posted for the start of the line. Bags are free, and no ID is required.

ZION/HOPE FOOD BANK
409 Adelaide Ave. East
Oshawa

The Zion/Hope Food Bank continues to operate at Zion Church in Oshawa (409 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa – at the corner of Central Park and Adelaide) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It operates on Thursdays from 10 A.M. until 12 P.M.
No appointment is required.
For more information contact: office@zioncrc.ca.

LIFE RALLY OSHAWA Memorial Park Oshawa.

1-3 pm 7 days a week in Memorial Park Oshawa.
Access free clothing, necessities and food.

ONE WAY MINISTRIES Memorial Park Oshawa.

Food service at Memorial Park on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 pm until food runs out.

COVID-19 Drop-In Centres/Location Support

Cell Phone Charging Locations
These locations are available for cellphone charging depending on availability.  Please let staff know that you would like to charge before plugging in.
•Christian Faith Outreach Centre – Doors of Compassion (Ajax)
•Ajax Hygiene Hub (also has Wi-Fi)
•The Refuge
•Gate 3:16 (please speak to manager first)
•Backdoor Mission (Mission United)
•First Light Foundation of Hope (during open hours)
CURRENT HOUSING
FOCUSED SHELTER
SUPPORT LOCATIONS
Oct. 20

Shelter and support are currently provided as follows:
 CFOC and FLFOH still operate drop in centres at their current
locations. CFOC Mon – Fri 5pm – 7pm, Sat/Sun 12-4pm. FLFOH 6 – 8 am
and pm Mon-Fri
 Existing Emergency shelters at Cornerstone Community Association
Oshawa (905-433-0254); Muslim Welfare Home Whitby (1-866-666-
1115); Durham Youth Services (905-239-9477)
 Violence Against Women shelters at The Denise House (1-800-263-
3725); Herizon House (1-866-437-4066), Y’s Wish (1-888-576-2997)
and Bethesda House (1-800-338-3397).
 Safe sleep beds and support at Mission United from 10:00 am to 3 pm
Monday to Friday.
 Monday and Tuesday support at the Ajax Hygiene Hub from 9 -1 at
the Ajax Community Centre.

As our Built for Zero work continues, the goal of which is to end Homelessness in Durham Region by 2024, these locations are working with patrons who are homeless to add their names to the By-Name List.

MISSON UNITED
At the Back Door Mission
66 Simcoe St. South
Oshawa
Oct. 20

Showers will be available by appointment between 2:00 to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday beginning the week of September 7th. Please speak to the Coordinator on-site to make an appointment.

Washrooms will be open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. Other programming (below) will run from 10 am – 3 pm Monday to Friday. Partners on site include CMHA-Durham, Region of Durham Primary Care Outreach Program, Durham Mental Health Services, Ontario Works, John Howard Society and Pinewood Centre.

All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 testing and linked with assessments and isolation locations if necessary. Visitors will have access to several stations:
• Take-out Hot Lunch Program (10 am – 1pm), and food Basket
• Mental Health Support and Safe Sleep
• Health Clinic for primary care and psychiatric support
• Withdrawal Management & Harm Reduction
• Housing Navigation & Supplies
 Footcare is currently not available.
 Ontario Works support on-site.
 Pinewood Centre on-site.
 John Howard Society on-site Tuesdays and Thursdays

GATE 3:1664 Albany St, OshawaOct. 20

We now are in our regular hours during the week:

Monday to Thursday 8am to 2pm

Friday 8am to 1pm

Saturdays; Every Second and Fourth Saturday of each month we serve lunch at approximately 11 / 11:30 am and we are usually finished by the latest 2pm. This is hosted by a local church located in Whitby and on our premises.

Sundays Every Sunday at 3pm, a Pastor comes from a local church to our premises. He conducts a quick church service and then serves a BBQ / meal.

•Free laundry services.
•Showers and washrooms available during opening hours.
•Clothing is also distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Once we are into full stream, podiatrist service and medical services available on specific days. Days to be determined once COVID19 precautions are over and past.

FIRST LIGHT
FOUNDATION OF HOPE
253 Simcoe St S, OshawaOct. 20

Open Monday to Friday: 6-8 am & pm
Monday-Friday
6 am to 8 am
Breakfast to go
Hot Sandwich, Snack Bag, Coffee, juice and water

Monday-Friday
6 pm – 8 pm
Dinner to go
Pizza, Hot Meal in a Cup, Coffee, water
Cell phones can be charged while we are open

THE REFUGE300 Court St, OshawaOct. 20

• Serving youth aged 16-26 only,

• Monday to Friday breakfast and lunch will be served on our backyard patio.

• Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Bathroom will remain open between 9:00am-2pm. Shower will be available (only one shower stall available) while we are open.
Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Breakfast and Lunch 9-2.
Shower 9-2
Washroom 9-3:30

The Living Room Community
Art Studio
300 Court St, OshawaOct. 20

CLOSED
Online events: If you want to participate, we invite you to subscribe to our pages on YouTube (The LivingRoom Community Art Studio) and Twitter (@LvngRmArt) & keep an eye out for announcements here.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/14hk7-
A7ojiFQVrtWoJEDY7p_Z6UojcU7?usp=sharing

CHRISTIAN FAITH
OUTREACH CENTRE WARMING
STATION

158 Harwood Ave. S, Ajax
158 Harwood Ave. S, AjaxOct. 20

OPEN:
CFOC-DOC is open effective May 4th Mon-Fri from 5pm – 7pm & Sat/Sun
12:00pm – 4pm for light refreshments, warm-up, phone charging and
washrooms

CHRISTIAN FAITH OUTREACH
Doors of Compassion
158 Harwood Ave. S, AjaxOct. 20

Starting Nov 1, 2020, CFOC-DOC (Christian Faith Outreach Centre-Doors of Compassion) will be expanding its drop-in centre to include a 20 bed low barrier housing-focused emergency shelter.
We are located in the downtown core of Ajax at 158 Harwood Ave. S. CFOC-DOC (partner agency for IOTC Camp Samac) can be accessed through screening at any two of the partnering community hubs located in Ajax and Oshawa.

The shelter will be open 24/7 and will accommodate up to 20 individuals 18 years or older. Guests will receive 3 meals, snacks, beverages, a bed and access to showers and laundry. As a housing focused shelter, guests will also have access to community supports such as OW and ODSP, house search assistance through community partners like The Salvation Army, crisis supports, ID replacement and spiritual care.

Ajax Hub Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 9am – 1pm
Ajax Community Centre: 75 Centennial Road 905-427-8811
Friday: 9am – 11am
McLean Community Centre: 95 Magill Drive
905-428-7711

Oshawa Hub Hours:
Daily from 9am – 4pm
Back Door Mission: 66 Simcoe Street South (Bagot Street entrance)
905-728-4664
For more information please contact:
doc@cfoc.ca or call 905.619.1109

JOHN HOWARD
SOCIETY
Oct. 20

Harm Reduction Services are being offered at all of the JHS offices. New
Hours are:

Oshawa – Monday to Friday 8am – Noon and 1- 4pm
Whitby – Monday to Thursday 8am- 4 pm
Fridays 8 am – 2:30 pm
Bowmanville – Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Evening Harm Outreach continues 6pm – 11pm by phone.
All hours and phone numbers are posted at all offices.
Other Programs Clients will continue to be supported via phone and email.
Resource rooms are not open to the public but staff are available by phone to assist clients with
 Housing search, eviction prevention, landlord mediation, advocacy
 Forms and applications such as housing stability funds, OESP, rental
applications, Canadian birth certificates
 Referrals to community resources

Please call:
Bowmanville: 289-927-2419
Oshawa: 905-926-7929
Whitby: 905-926-8073

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
COUNCIL DURHAM
(CDCD)
Oct. 20

CDCD is currently available through phone and email only. The agency is
closed to the community at this time.
Please see Housing Security and Street Outreach for specific programs.

AJAX COMMUNITY
CENTRE HYGIENE HUB
 75 Centennial Rd, AjaxOct. 20

VHA Home Health Care is coordinating ARI screening and direction to Public Health for COVID positive clients.
We are also offering box lunches, snacks, and beverages on-site as well as,
shower and bathroom facilities “Ajax Hygiene Hub”. Cell phone charging and Wi-Fi available onsite.
Additionally there are VHA staff on-site for connections to referrals,
community resources and informal counselling.
We are also accepting donations at the main entrance of the Center to
support the Ajax Community Center and Dunbarton High school hygiene Hubs. The Public can contact Ajax Community Center for more information
905-427-8811.

Effective September 8, the Ajax HUB will only be open on Monday and
Tuesday’s from 9am – 1pm.

COVID-19 Shelters


CURRENT HOUSING
FOCUSED SHELTER
SUPPORT LOCATIONS
Oct. 20

Shelter and support are currently provided as follows:
• CFOC and FLFOH still operate drop in centres at their current locations. CFOC Mon – Fri 5pm – 7pm, Sat/Sun 12-4pm. FLFOH 6 – 8 am and pm Mon-Fri

•Existing Emergency shelters at Cornerstone Community Association Oshawa (905-433-0254); Muslim Welfare Home Whitby (1-866-666-
1115); Durham Youth Services (905-239-9477)

•Violence Against Women shelters at The Denise House (1-800-263-3725); Herizon House (1-866-437-4066), Y’s Wish (1-888-576-2997)
and Bethesda House (1-800-338-3397).

•Safe sleep beds and support at Mission United from 10:00 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.

•Monday and Tuesday support at the Ajax Hygiene Hub from 9 -1 at the Ajax Community Centre.

As our Built for Zero work continues, the goal of which is to end Homelessness in Durham Region by 2024, these locations are working with patrons who are homeless to add their names to the By-Name List.

COVID-19 Street Outreach

Aids Committee of Durham Region (ACDR)https://www.aidsdurham.com/

ACDR programs are being held remotely as much as possible while social distancing is in effect. For program information or to request a virtual sexual health workshop for your organization or youth group, email education@aidsdurham.com to be directed to the coordinator you
need. For support services such as food bank and health system navigation for people living with HIV and their families, please email support@aidsdurham.com. We will get back to you as soon as possible. For more information on ACDR, please Check: https://www.aidsdurham.com/

ACDR’s volunteer department is currently receiving applications for student placements for fall 2020 and later. Our volunteer opportunities will increase as it becomes safe to do so. Contact volunteer@aidsdurham.com

John Howard Society
Outreach
(905) 440-5410

Project X-Change Outreach is delivering harm reduction supplies to individuals in the community with adjusted hours of 6-11pm – Clients can text or call outreach at (905) 440-5410.
Harm Reduction Services are being offered at all of the JHS offices.

New Hours are:
Oshawa – Monday to Friday 8am – Noon and 1- 4pm
Whitby – Monday to Thursday 8am- 4 pm
Fridays 8 am – 2:30 pm
Bowmanville – Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Evening Harm Outreach continues 6pm – 11pm by phone.
All hours and phone numbers are posted at all offices.
Outreach presence at community agencies, Women’s drop-in program, and kit-making groups have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Community Development Council of Durham
OUTREACH
905.686.2661 ext 227

Outreach Services for Ajax/Pickering continue through phone and email. Please contact 905.686.2661 ext 227 for support. Voicemails will be returned within 1-2 business days.
Outreach will be attending the Ajax Hygiene HUB on:
• Mondays from 9 to about 2 pm.
• Wednesdays from 12 – 5 pm.
• Friday all day

We are available to meet with clients from the Ajax/Pickering area who
attend the HUB, to provide housing supports.

Primary Care Outreach Program 289-979-9428

PCOP continues to provide Outreach 8-4 Monday to Friday, in collaboration with Mission United.

Contact: 289-979-9428

CAREA
Welcoming Streets Harm Reduction
https://www.careachc.ca/

Outreach is being provided as of now according to the schedule below.
People can access harm reduction supplies, naloxone, basic essentials, and light refreshments. We can also aid with referrals and support.
Monday to Friday:

Welcoming Streets:
• Outside of Back Door Mission on Bagot Street from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
• Metis House at 74 Simcoe St. Unit 101 from 12:30 – 3:00 pm

Harm Reduction:
• Outside of Back Door Mission on Bagot Street from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
• Midtown Mall 12:30 to 1:00 pm

Hep C Testing:
• Outside of Back Door Mission on Bagot Street from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
• Midtown Mall 12:30 to 1:00 pm

Welcoming Streets is responding to some business calls, depending on the
situation

Call or text Adam 289-385-3741 or Sara 289-927-5059 (Harm Reduction
Supplies and Hep C info), or Lindsay 289-355-8938 (Welcoming Streets)
We are also driving around in the van and offering services as necessary.
Look for the dark blue van with Carea labelling and flag us down!

Salvation Army Street Ministry

Our Street Ministry – Oshawa is still ongoing on Metcalfe Street at Memorial park on Tuesday evening from 6pm-7pm.

Cornerstone Street Outreach

Staff are located at the accessible door entrance, when individuals do come by. We are screening individuals and asking them to wash hands before entering building.

CORNERSTONE SOCIAL HOUR

The Street Outreach Team is holding a Social Hour with refreshments Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in the driveway of the Outreach Building on Simcoe St. across from Memorial Park.

COVID-19 Community Unsheltered Supports

Washroom and Shower Access

Oshawa

May 15th, 2020

LocationCurrent Status
The Back Door Mission
66 Simcoe St S, Oshawa

Mission United
MISSION UNITED is open at the Backdoor Mission. The Backdoor Mission is open daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Washrooms will be open all day until 7:00 pm.

Other programming (below)
will run from
10 am – 3 pm
Monday to Friday.

All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 testing and linked with assessments and isolation locations if necessary. Visitors will have access to several stations:

•Hot Lunch Program (10 am – 1pm), and food Basket
•Crisis Support and Safe Sleep
•Health Clinic for primary care and psychiatric support
•Withdrawal Management & Harm Reduction
•Housing Navigation & Supplies (Housing, Find a Bed, Outdoor
Supplies)
Gate 3:16
64 Albany St, Oshawa
We now are in our regular hours during the week:
Monday to Thursday 8am to 2pm
Friday 8am to 1pm
Saturdays; Every Second and Fourth Saturday of each month we serve lunch at approximately 11 / 11:30 am and we are usually finished by the latest 2pm. This is hosted by a local church located in Whitby and on our premises.
Sundays Every Sunday at 3pm, a Pastor comes from a local church to our premises. He conducts a quick church service and then serves a BBQ / meal.

•Free laundry services.
•Showers and washrooms available during opening hours.
•Clothing is also distributed on Tuesdays only.
The Refuge
300 Court St, Oshawa
Given the move to Phase 2 and that many locations have reopened for washrooms, The Refuge will be going back to
Serving youth aged 16-26 only,
• Monday to Friday breakfast and lunch will be served on our backyard patio.
• Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Bathroom will remain open between 9:00am-2pm. Shower will be available (only one shower stall available) while we are open.
Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Breakfast and Lunch 9-2.
Shower 9-2
Washroom 9-3:30

Whitby

April 22nd, 2020

LocationCurrent Status

Iroquois Park Sport Centre and McKinney Centre
Parking Lot

500 Victoria St W, Whitby
Whitby has now put out porta-potties in the parking lot of Iroquois Park Sport Centre and McKinney Centre for unsheltered access.

They would like to direct anyone needing to shower to one of the other sites as they are primarily focused on transportation workers (truck drivers) as per their press release this week.

Ajax

May 14th, 2020

LocationCurrent Status
Ajax Community Centre Hygiene Hub
75 Centennial Road, Ajax
VHA Home Health Care is coordinating ARI screening and direction to Public Health for COVID positive clients.
We are also offering box lunches, snacks, and beverages on-site as well as, shower and bathroom facilities “Ajax Hygiene Hub”. Cell phone charging and Wi-Fi available onsite.
Additionally there are VHA staff on-site for connections to referrals,
community resources and informal counselling.
We are also accepting donations at the main entrance of the Center to
support the Ajax Community Center and Dunbarton High school hygiene Hubs. The Public can contact Ajax Community Center for more information
905-427-8811.
Operating hours are Monday – Friday from 9am -1 pm. There are 24 hour porta-potty units in the parking lot of the Ajax Community Centre.
Christian Faith Outreach Centre- Doors of Compassion
158 Harwood Ave S, Ajax
CFOC-DOC is open:
Mon-Fri
5pm – 7pm
Sat/Sun
12:00pm – 4pm
for light refreshments, warm-up, phone charging and washrooms.

Pickering

May 22nd, 2020

LocationCurrent Status
Pickering Hygiene Outreach Program
Dunbarton Indoor Pool is located at 655 Sheppard Avenue,
Pickering
Will be closing due to lack of use. Please refer people to the Ajax Hygiene Hub or Mission United effective immediately.