Turn a house into a home

Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre CONC

Let's build a moving day starter kit and turn a house into a home

Some need a hand more than others when it comes to moving house, especially if home has been a local shelter and personal posessions are minimal. This can be the case for our neighbours experiencing homelessness who are taking their first step into permanent housing.

The Breaking Barriers support team at the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre (CONC) know all about the struggles our homeless neightbours experience. As specialized program supervisors, they assist program participants and shelter residents to take steps towards better health, security and sustainability.

Through individualized housing plans that respect clients’ personal needs and autonomy, they strive to build a community where all individuals have a space to call home.

So how can we help them do this amazing work? They need housing starter kits. These kits make the moving day, and every day thereafter a lot easier for participants taking the step towards first-time housing.

This week, we ask Troop members to help us complete the list for one Breaking Barriers Housing Starter Kit:

Fulfill the need

In pure Troop fashion, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre CONC. Here’s how you can help:
  • Pool funds: You can pool your funds together with other Troopers to maximize your impact.  We’ll fulfill the needs and report back on your contribution’s impact.
  • Fulfill through Amazon: You can fulfill the needs through Amazon.  All products are shipped to Troop, we put them together and deliver them to the organization. 
  • Donated goods: If you’d like to donate any of your slightly used goods that are in great condition, you can register for us to pick them up below.

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Troop Target

This need is now closed


Troopers have

Target: $400

Contributions to date: $170

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Sit back, relax and we’ll put your contributions to work to fulfill the weekly needs.

Pool funds

We’re pooling the funds to buy all of the items on the Breaking Barriers Housing Starter Kit Wish List. 100% of the money contributed will go towards fulfilling the need. Troop is paying the payment processing fee and we’re contributing the large plastic storage container for everything to go into.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Fulfill through Amazon​

We created an Amazon Wish List for some of the Housing Starter Kit items. You won’t see them all here because we want to make your contribution go as far as possible (here we come Dollar Store!). Plus some of the items have already been purchased (Yah!) or a donation registered (Yah again!). Your items will be delivered to the Troop head office to be packed up with the other items to be delivered to CONC.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Donated goods

Although most of the items on the list are better new (we don’t even want to think about what a used toilet brush would look like?!), good quality used pots and pans sometimes make the food taste better. This week we’ll pick up any slightly used pots (one large, one small), pans (one large, one small) and good quality dish sets (plates, bowls, mugs, glassware – set of 4 as a minimum). Register for a pick-up below. All items will be picked up on Thursday, July 25th between 9.30-11.30am.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

More Details: Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre CONC

Founded in 1993, Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre (CONC) is a multi-service agency in West Downtown Toronto. Using an integrated approach, they provide essential and innovative services to vulnerable community members. This includes free programs, services and supports for children, youth, adults and seniors living in poverty. They are a vital resource to newcomers, sole-support parents, those challenged by mental and physical health issues, community members lacking food and income security, homeless, underhoused, or vulnerable community members experiencing other barriers to living healthy lives and participating fully in community. CONC was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit organization, gained charitable status in 2002 and became a United Way member agency in 2001.

The Breaking Barriers Program uses specialized program supervisors to ensure members are getting the right access to all support services based on their individual needs. The program offers support in the areas of Life Management, Health & Wellness, Income Security and Housing. By working individually with shelter residents and drop-in participants, they can set goals for immediate and long-term impact.
854 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M6G 1M2

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