June 06, 2014
Ryandale Shelter recently welcomed the exciting opportunity to take part in the United Way’s Day of Caring, in which some 40 hard-working volunteers completed various gardening and maintenance tasks at both of Ryandale’s properties.
The emergency shelter at 23 Elm Street and the Transition House received a summer makeover thanks to the energetic students and professionals who were organized through the United Way and worked tirelessly to improve the look and feel of our housing facilities. Tasks included the construction of colourful flowerbeds, painting and staining the front porch, the removal of garbage and unnecessary items, pressure-washing outer walls and the replacement of window screens.
Ryandale Shelter would like to express our gratitude to the United Way and its generous volunteers for their hard work on the Day of Caring and year-round.
Ryandale Shelter is thrilled to announce that a significant portion of the cost of a new roof for our shelter at 23 Elm Street will be funded by the Home Depot Canada Foundation, an initiative to fund repairs to housing accommodation for Canadian youth in need. Renovations later this summer will include the removal and replacement of shingles, roof sheeting and flashing, and the removal and replacement of the portion of our 2nd story ceiling affected by a leak.
Thanks to the support of the Home Depot Canada Foundation, youth and other residents will be able to access the indoor area of the shelter affected by the damage, as it will not need to be closed for safety reasons. Residents will continue to receive the same quality and level of support. Stay tuned for updates and photos of the upcoming project!
There are many ways to help people struggling with homelessness and one way is with the gift of your time.
We are always looking for volunteers to help around the shelter and support our front-line staff and residents. Responsibilities include welcoming and socializing with residents in a friendly and non-judgmental manner, as well as minor cleaning and maintenance tasks. Ryandale Shelter welcomes volunteers with unique skills such as playing cards, preparing a meal to bring in to the shelter, and assistance with fundraising tasks.
Monetary and in-kind donations such as food and personal care items are also greatly appreciated.
An exciting renovation project has been underway at our shelter on 23 Elm Street to add a 6-bed family unit to the 2nd story, increasing Ryandale Shelter’s ability to accommodate homeless couples or single adults with children. This ambitious project was possible thanks to the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the generous support of the United Way of KFL&A.
Ryandale Shelter has seen a dramatic increase in the number of families affected by homelessness in recent years and recognizes the unique and sensitive nature of caring for children in a mixed shelter, city environment. With this in mind, our new family unit includes 2 bedrooms (one with 4 bunks to accommodate larger families), a private bathroom and sitting room equipped with sink, small refrigerator and microwave. This separate living space enables residents with children to practice family routines and maintain general independence as a family unit. They are afforded the privacy, respect and comfort too often lacking in the everyday lives of families affected by the cycle of homelessness.
We would once again like to thank the United Way and the Government of Canada for their contributions to our building project and for bringing some peace of mind to homeless families staying with Ryandale Shelter.