The Community Programs Department was created to address the isolation and marginalization of individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. These programs are designed to promote the social integration, health, and well-being of individuals, which helps in developing a sense of belonging and community among residents and within the larger community.
The Community Programs team oversees the Wellness Centre at our Sherbourne site which provides a variety of services, offered by professionals, free of charge to our residents. Alternative and complementary therapies are used as integral options alongside conventional medical treatments, which help maintain the overall holistic health of people living with HIV/AIDS. The team strives to provide a variety of opportunities for residents and clients in all programs. Some of these activities are offered on a drop-in basis and others require signing up in advance.
Currently, the following Therapies and Wellness Programs are being offered on a regular basis:
- Massage Therapy
- Polarity Therapy
- Energy Balancing
- Hair Cuts
- Harm Reduction
- Dental Cleanings
Our Social and Recreational Programs provide access to a range of activities, services and outlets for residents/clients. The goal of these activities is to bring people together to socialize and get to know each other better while promoting an active lifestyle.
Some of these activities include:
- Coffee Socials
- Workshops on financial literacy, health, insurance benefits, estate planning and external community services
- Group Outings for shopping, recreational activities, and performances
- Expressive Art Club and our annual People’s Creative Festival
- Gardening Club
- Bingo and Games Night
- Tenant Meetings
- Themed Classes (i.e. cooking, nutrition, shopping on a budget, Spanish lessons, etc.)
- Bereavement Meetings
- Special dates and events
Fife House recognizes that eating a balanced and nutritious meal can be a challenge for some of our residents for a variety of reasons. Recognizing that healthy eating supports a healthy immune system and healthy living, Fife House created a series of meal programs. With the support and supervision of our Food Developer Worker, who develops the menus and assists with implementing programming at the various sites, meals are prepared and served to residents by our volunteers and peers. Some meals are provided to residents free of charge while other meals require a small amount in order to help offset the rising costs of ingredients. There are slight differences between the food programs that we offer, depending on the location.
Currently the meal programs we offer across our sites include:
Breakfast Club – This peer-led program is offered twice a week at the Sherbourne location. A continental breakfast version is offered twice a week at the Jarvis location.
Bread Distribution – A peer-led program made possible by the support of Cobbs Bread and Epi Breads bakeries. The donated breads are distributed to residents across our locations.
Wednesday Meal – With the support of Second Harvest, volunteers and peers are supervised by our Food Developer Worker as they prepare a balanced and nutritious meal for residents once a week. Volunteers also prepare and serve weekly meals at the Jarvis location.
Sunday Brunch – At both the Sherbourne and Denison locations, dedicated volunteers host Sunday Brunches for the residents. See below for more information on our ongoing program with RBC.
Sunday Meals – Two dedicated teams of volunteers prepare meals twice a month for our Jarvis residents.
Weekly Huntley Meals – This peer-led program offers residents from our Huntley location, 2 meals a day with the opportunity for snacks in between.
Second Harvest Food Distribution – Weekly food donations from Second Harvest are used in the preparation of meals served to residents. Donated food is also distributed to residents at our different locations.
Rooftop Vegetable Garden – A volunteer-led initiative where volunteers plant and cultivate our Sherbourne rooftop vegetable garden during the summer months and then are harvested to be offered as fresh and organic options in our meal programs.
There are slight differences between the food programs that we offer, depending on the location.
RBC Breakfast & Brunch Club
Through the generosity of the RBC, the Sherbourne location is able to offer a monthly Sunday brunch. Every month, a dedicated team of RBC Volunteers assemble, prepare, and serve a hearty brunch that is very popular with the residents. More than 50 people attend every month to enjoy offerings such as French toast, pancakes, bacon, sausages, pastries and other brunch-type items. Tea, coffee, juice, and fresh fruit are always in supply.
Additional funding is provided by RBC which supplements the twice-weekly Breakfast Club for residents, where they get to gather, socialize, and enjoy a light meal.
Fife House is grateful to have and operate its catering social enterprise, which empowers the lives of our peers and staff living with HIV/AIDS by providing innovative catering experiences to the community and opportunities for individuals to build their life-skills and capacities with cooking skills, knowledge and general meal preparation. Our catering team, under the direction of our Food Services Developer, are willing to meet your requests for business meetings, lunch functions, holiday treats, and corporate events. We are proud to have been serving the community since 2013. Our reasonable rates pay living wages to all our HIV positive caterers.
To use our online catering system and to view our catering menu, click here.
Room Bookings and Rentals – on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions
Fife House has space to rent for your next meeting, social or private function. Our multi-purpose amenity room is perfect for small events, community gatherings, meetings, and workshops/trainings. Set in the heart of our 490 Sherbourne location, we can accommodate groups up to a maximum of 70 people. Looking to have access to a kitchen as well? Not a problem! Our Community Programs’ commercial grade kitchen is available for booking as well. Be sure to check out our catering services to pair with your meeting and reduce the work of arranging your own meals and at reasonable cost.
Main Floor Community Room (1, 400 sq. ft) – Up to 75 ppl – $50, $75 with use of Kitchen
Main Floor Community Kitchen (160 sq. ft) – Up to 9 ppl – $30
Main Floor Backyard Patio (175 sq. ft) – Up to 12 ppl – $30, $60 with use of Community Room
Main Floor Living Room (200 sq. ft) – Up to 9 ppl – $30, $60 with Community Room, $90 with Kitchen and Community Room 12th Floor Program Room (335 sq. ft) – Up to 15 ppl – $30, $55 with use of Healing Garden
12th Floor Healing Garden (580 sq. ft) – Up to 20 ppl – $30 Use of Back Patio BBQ – $40 as it comes automatically with use of Kitchen
Please note that there is a $25 surcharge on all room rentals over 5 hours, as room rental fees pay for the peer volunteer room monitors.
Click here to access our Room Rental Form!