Water Filtration System for the Homeless

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Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

Hydration Is Key

If you take a drink from a bottle and it keeps pouring back, it must be spring water. (Har har har ?) Bad jokes and eye rolls aside, water consumption is essential to our health, and it significantly affects energy levels and brain function, on top of a whole laundry list of other key benefits.

For our homeless neighbours living on the streets or in shelters, who test positive for Covid-19 or are awaiting test results, the government has opened up ‘isolation hotels’ to help minimize outbreaks in highly vulnerable communities.  One such isolation hotel has been set up on Roncy and is run by the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre.  So far, they’ve been doing a remarkable job of keeping the homeless men hydrated this summer. That said, they don’t have a proper water filtration system, so they’ve been going through bottles of water like it’s going out of style! On top of keeping up with the demand, storage has been a challenge, and they recognize it isn’t the greenest method of going about things.

How you can help

We’re pooling funds to help purchase a water filtration system and one replacement filter to be used with their existing water dispensing system.  One filter is equivalent to 42 big jugs of clean water. Let’s take some of the strain off the Hotel staff so they can continue to hydrate our pals next door in a more eco-friendly manner.

$93.00 of $93.00 target

4 Troopers contributed

This need closed:
August 28, 2020

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More Details: Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre (CONC) is a multi-service agency in West Downtown Toronto. They provide essential services to vulnerable community members including children, youth, adults and seniors living in poverty. Their services are offered to those lacking food and income security, homeless, underhoused, and experiencing other barriers to living healthy lives and participating fully in the community.

They operate a 68 bed men’s shelter at 973 Lansdowne Avenue, a 30 bed men’s shelter at 850/854 Bloor Street West, and 20 units of transitional housing. The housing team at CONC is committed to decreasing on-going shelter use by facilitating comprehensive support and community follow up support. They also help clients to increase their income, social inclusion and supportive community linkages, contributing to housing stability. Eighty-five percent (85%) of their clients residing in permanent supportive housing have retained their housing for 1 year or more.
Location: 
14 Roncesvalles Ave

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