CRC, along with other partner agencies, residents, and volunteers, organizes an annual summer festival, Sunday in the Park, at Lord Dufferin Public School. Thousands of people came to enjoy an impressive line-up of local entertainers, children’s performers, food vendors, market places, raffle prizes and a large community barbeque. This much awaited, daylong event is a time where we all come together to meet one another and celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the Regent Park community.
In addition to meeting the needs of the community through our various programs, the CRC also advocates for legislative change to make the lives of those who experience poverty better.
Poverty reduction, affordable housing, social assistance reviews, accessible and safe childcare and access to food are the issues CRC is concerned about. We work with other social service agencies, and community members to champion change. Our efforts are heard at a multitude of levels, locally, provincially and federally.
In 2011, we embarked on a new advocacy path. Through Fairlawn Avenue United Church partnership and funding, the CRC was granted funds to hire a Community Advocacy Worker to work with both the CRC and Fairlawn to make a lasting and positive impact. We now have a dedicated individual working on issues of poverty reduction and affordable housing.
These persistent advocacy efforts compliment and enhance the programs and services of the CRC.
The CRC’s Asset Mapping Research Project is an action research project which brings participants together locally to share their assets (skills, talents, gifts, abilities, interests, experiences, knowledge and dreams) and other resources in order to build individual and community capacity.
Shelter residents and other marginally housed people are asked to express their assets (as everyone has assets) to others in similar circumstances in their community. Asset-Based Community Development puts people’s futures in their own hands by mapping and mobilizing their strengths.
The CRC, with other key partner agencies received funding for three years from the National Crime Prevention Centre for an innovative youth gang prevention project. The CRC now has a Parent Engagement Worker to work with parents with youth between 10-18 years of age, who are at risk of becoming gang involved.
The project called MY (Mobilizing & Mentoring Youth) Regent Park is a holistic approach to gang prevention working with youth serving agencies, the criminal justice system and faith groups.
Already the MY Regent Park project and its programs are having a positive impact on our community.