When we consider systemic violence and lack of access, The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering ALL who have experienced gender-based violence and those we have lost to it.

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Thanks to your generosity, Fife House raised $132,120 throughout the month of April to support our programs and services.

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The Blake House and owner Jimmy Vasilakakos have been amazing supporters of Fife House for so many years. A regular staple at our annual ‘A Taste For Life’ event, The Blake House continually lends their support whenever possible to our organization. This year (the second year we’ve had to postpone A Taste For Life due to COVID-19), The Blake House went out of their way to raise funds for us, by donating 25% of their April 14th, 2021 take-out proceeds! They were able to raise $600 in one day, which will be matched by our amazing #TwiceForFife sponsors, TD, Community One Foundation and Well + Good Pharmacy. We are so so grateful for the support!

We took a moment out to chat with Jimmy about The Blake House’s involvement with Fife House – check out our mini-interview below!

What was your first touchpoint with Fife House?

Our first touchpoint with the Fife House was around 7 years ago.  We were introduced to many of their volunteers and employees. After being exposed to this foundation’s mission and attributes, we felt it was imperative to do our part to assist the community. We continue to host events and do our part annually fundraising for “The Taste for Life” event.

Why is supporting Fife House important to you?

People forget that there is no medical cure for AIDS. As a result, this decease can be controlled with medication and that can be quite expensive. That’s where Fife House steps in.

Do you have a favourite Fife memory?

Our favourite memories are the past volunteer appreciation events we held at The Blake House. There is such an outpouring of goodwill that’s felt during these get togethers.

Do you have a favourite event or initiative that you’ve taken part of?

A Taste for Life has always been such an amazing initiative for us!

There’s only 4 more days left in April to donate to Fife House and have your contribution matched! You can do so here: https://www.fifehouse.org/donate/twice/

Hot off the press is Fife House’s 2019-2020 Annual Report. Thank you so much to all of the clients, peers, volunteers, staff and board members who shared their stories!

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Fife House’s Peer Engagement Worker, Craig discusses his experience with Fife House and what it means to him to work within our Community Programs.

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Today I am writing to provide an update on Fife House’s search for its next Executive Director.

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Fife House’s Case Manager for the Huntley Transitional Program, Rachel, discusses her journey with Fife House and what the Huntley Transitional Program means to her :

“I started working at Fife House when the Huntley Residence was still being built. My job was to start Case Management and find individuals living in the shelter system that would be a suitable fit for the residence. As I started meeting the men that would become residents, I realized how unique the Huntley THP would be. The Huntley Residence is a place of flexibility, of meeting people where they are at and open communication around mental health, substance use and so much more. Huntley means everything to me because it’s a place that these men can call home, and it is.” says Rachel, Case Manager at the Huntley Transitional Housing Program.

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of staff like Rachel, Fife House is able to continue providing Hope, Help and Home to some of Toronto’s most marginalized populations even during these crucial times. To Learn More About the Huntley Transitional Program, visit https://www.fifehouse.org/programs-services/huntley-transitional-housing-program/.

 

Fife House’s Intake Case Manager for the Homeless Outreach Program, Robert Rowe, discusses how he continues to connect and support clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ontario’s HIV sector stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter to resist anti-Black racism and anti-Black violence.

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