October 2016
Our Stories
A Note from Neil
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of great food and time spent with friends and family. We have so much to be thankful for in this country and in this city, and Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all that we have. It's also an opportunity to think about those who are less fortunate and how we can work to improve lives in our communities.

A few weeks ago, I along with our Housing experts, took part in Mayor John Tory's Toronto Housing Summit. Arguably the most optimistic gathering about housing issues in years, we left with the conclusion that good, decent housing needs to be a universal Canadian value. 

What excites me most is not that there will soon be a National Housing strategy, but rather its execution. Dixon Hall will be there on behalf of the homeless men and women who we partner with each day to ensure that they are afforded the right to housing.

Please read on to learn more about the work being done to end homelessness in Canada and make housing a basic right and fundamental Canadian value.
In Partnership,

Neil Hetherington
CEO, Dixon Hall

If you have any questions or comments about Dixon Hall and how to get involved, please feel free to contact me at I would love to hear from you. 
On Youth Worker, Aleshia:
#BecauseOfHer I Came Out to My Family
October is Women's History Month in Canada, a time for celebrating and recognizing the achievements of trailblazing women and girls throughout history.

At Dixon Hall, we have no shortage of women who make a difference in the lives of some of our city's most vulnerable residents every day.
One of the many extraordinary women who work at Dixon Hall is Aleshia Nigh-Neverson, our Youth Worker who facilitates the Girls Only Drop-In and Girls in Motion program.

Aleshia tributes her passion for working with girls and young women to the friendships and support she received while attending a United Way funded, Bridges to Success program for young women in Regent Park while she was in high school. 

These days, in her role as a Youth Worker, Aleshia works to build trust and deep relationships with many of the at-risk girls who come to her for guidance, often becoming their first point of contact in times of both crisis and celebration.

Just the other day, Natalie* a young woman who's been part of the Girls Only Drop-In for several years, shared with her family that she's gay. She said that because of Aleshia, she now has the confidence to "let the people closest to me know who I truly am."

*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the individual
Support our programs for Girls & Young Women
Let's Make Housing a Human Right
As the weather turns colder, we start to prepare for another season of the Out of the Cold program.

In 2015, all of the OOTC sites we supported were nearly full, every single night. The sheer volume of people seeking refuge at each site speaks to the need for this vital program, but it's not a long-term solution to Canada's homelessness crisis.
As the only remaining G8 country without a national plan to meet housing needs, we have reached a critical point in Canada where we need a National Housing Strategy - one that must incorporate the value that Housing is a Human Right. It's only when we speak about housing as a basic right and a fundamental Canadian value that true advancement can be made.

Over the next few months, we'll be actively contributing to the creation of a National Housing Strategy for Canada and will continue to share results and updates with you. Together, let's harness the momentum that's already been created and be agents of change so that affordable housing for everyone can finally become a reality on our streets.

Follow us on Twitter @dixon_hall to keep this important conversation going using hashtag #LetsTalkHousing.
Donate now to Out of the Cold
Click here to see the 2016-2017 Out of the Cold Site Schedule and learn more about our Housing Services.
A Music Video by Sheek - Black or Grey
A candid and moving video that was written, recorded, videotaped and co-produced by Dixon Hall Music School's drum/digital music student Daniel Sheikh and produced by teacher Scott Lucier. Enjoy!
Learn more about our Music School
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Volunteer Corner
Dixon Hall is proud to launch a brand new volunteer program for post-secondary students, which provides real-life meaningful learning experiences to assist students in their studies and future employment opportunities, while also building community capacity that supports our clients.

This year, we have eight students joining us from different schools. Welcome Michael, Hannah, Wenyu and Moshfaqus to our Seniors department, Billie and Katie to Settlement Services, and Melanie and Alyssa to Intake/Case Management!
New volunteer opportunity:
Seniors Health & Wellness Program Assistant (Cantonese Speaking)
Spend a day with seniors providing translation for fun activities such as monthly birthday lunches and round-table sessions, and help plan for future activities.
See Full Details and Apply Now

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