Nov 1, 2016
For us at Street Health, it is inspiring to include school groups and students among our supporters. Our Nursing and Community Mental Health staff welcome the opportunity to make presentations which often lead to contributions that are needed for our clients.
This past year, teacher Charlotte Fleming invited our Clinical Manager, Joyce Rankin, to present to The Bishop Strachan School class of senior girls. The presentation generated lots of questions from both students and teachers. The class then completed an assignment to determine the budget necessary to live in Toronto, and compared this with the average government support program income. “It is great to share information about Street Health with young people who are examining the kinds of issues our clients’ experience,” states Joyce. “It helps students move from thinking ‘this is a story about someone I will never know’ to ‘these are real life situations; how would I manage if this were my life?’”. It builds awareness, empathy and support.”
Armed with this knowledge, The Bishop Strachan students decided to coordinate an in-kind donation drive – Share the Love – and managed to gather a large quantity of personal care products. These are the kind of products Street Health provides to more than 100 individuals each day.
“Our students embrace the opportunity to undertake projects that have meaningful impact in the city,” highlights Chaplin Cathy Gibbs. “Each year, students develop a higher level of awareness on important issues. We were pleased to include Street Health this year, in support of the great work you do for homeless people in Toronto.”