TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, November 13, The Rotary Club of Toronto and The Tippet Foundation will be honoured by the Yonge Street Mission for their commitment to seniors living in Regent Park, Moss Park and St. James Town communities in a Van Dedication Ceremony at 310 Gerrard Street East between 2:00PM - 3:00PM.
Safely transporting over 60 seniors in the Mission's Lively Seniors program was a growing concern for participants with mobility issues. The Rotary Club of Toronto and the Tippet Foundation realized the importance of the seniors' weekly visits to the Mission's Community Centre where isolated seniors are able to connect with each other and fellowship.
"The Lively Seniors program helps us in so many ways," says participant Ann Madden. "They serve free meals for the needy and they have a food bank. When I had to move a few years ago, they sent five men to help!" The program also provides social activities, nutritious meals, and health maintenance clinics.
The Ontario Government states that by 2017, for the first time, Ontario will be home to more people over 65 than children under 15. The Yonge Street Mission Lively Seniors' program focuses on social engagement and camaraderie to keep seniors connected. The aim of the program is to encourage the development of more active and healthy communities with support from leaders from the seniors' community.
About The Yonge Street Mission
The Yonge Street Mission has worked on the front lines of poverty in Toronto since 1896, assisting as many people as possible to experience full participation in society. The hope, healing, and encouragement that the Mission offers is based solely on individual need, regardless of colour, culture, economic status, gender, religion, sexual orientation or social condition. The Mission supports at-risk people with an intentional focus on nurturing transformation in the lives of individuals and families living with poverty. We build on our successful initiatives to draw people from the margins into the mainstream of stable housing, employment and educational opportunities, and positive social interaction.
SOURCE: Yonge Street Mission
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