Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Day of the Homeless 2010


Good Neighbours' Club member against brick wall

Good Neighbours' Club member against brick wall

Expressions of Hope and Despair rally Dignitaries and Homeless

gathered to honour those lost to the streets

 The Second Annual Day of the Homeless will be held in the Good Neighbours’ Club at 170 Jarvis Street on Tuesday, August 31, at 11:00am, with a barbeque to follow at noon and tours of the club running from 10am-2pm. The Day of the Homeless honours those who have died on the streets, and takes place on or around the anniversary of the death of Good Neighbours’ Club member Paul Croutch, the former journalist who died after being beaten by intoxicated soldiers from a nearby armoury in August, 2005. This year, the event features a photo exhibit of the men taken by acclaimed photo journalist Rita Leistner (Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair) and an exhibit called Expressions of Hope and Despair, featuring photos of life on the streets by club members themselves (all homeless or marginally housed). Dignitaries include the Club’s Patron, The Honourable David Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Sheldon Levy, the President of Ryerson University.  

What:

The Second Annual Day of the Homeless honours Paul Croutch and others who have lived and died by the streets.  It is a day to let older men who are homeless or marginally-housed remember those they have lost to violence. It is also a chance for the community to stand with those who have lived or are living in extreme poverty or with homelessness as so many of the members of The Good Neighbours’ Club do. 

This year features:

– a photo exhibit by acclaimed photographer Rita Leistner (Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair)

– photos by members of The Good Neighbours’Club (homeless or marginally housed men 50 or older

– works of creative writing by club members

– a soapstone sculpture created by club member Wayne McKinnon.

– Club member McConnie will play piano during event.  

– music by the Good Neighbours’ Club Music Workshop during the BBQ

– A moment of reflection for our members who have died in the last year read by club member Web Bell.

Who:

  • Many who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness, including friends of Paul Croutch who are also members of the Good Neighbours’ Club.
  • The Honourable David Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Sheldon Levy, the President of Ryerson University. 
  • Francis D’Souza (event host), Citytv – CityNews Anchor
  • Hon Glen Murray MPP
  • Dr. Bruno Scorsone – Executive Director, The Good Neighbours’ Club
  • Raymond May, Member of the Good Neighbours’ Club (friend of Paul Croutch)

Where:

  • The Good Neighbours’ Club, 170 Jarvis Street

When:

Tuesday August 31, 2010 10am – 2pm

– Photo exhibit: open from 10 am on

– Formal Memorial starts: 11am – 12pm

– NOON Barbeque

– Tours of the Good Neighbours’ Club: 10am – 2pm

The Good Neighbours’ Club is a Toronto charity dedicated to the homeless or marginally-housed man who is 50+ and trying to find his way back to a normal life.  By the time he is 50, a homeless man is aged well beyond his years.  He is also vulnerable to attack by younger men.  No other Toronto charity is so uniquely equipped to deal with the daytime needs of the homeless man over 50.

Founded in 1933 and located at Jarvis and Shuter, The Good Neighbours’ Club is a day centre for homeless and under-housed men who are 50 and over.  Its members have faced the despair of downsizing or have lost everything due to illness, addiction, poor choices or bad luck.  They receive new, donated clothes and have access to mail services, showers, laundry facilities, hot meals, phones, televisions, games, computers, a weekly medical clinic staffed by Street Health nurses, a safe place to lock up valuables…and compassion.  The club also provides final arrangements for members whose bodies would otherwise go unclaimed.  

Funded largely by the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Health and the City of Toronto, The Good Neighbours’ Club is assisted by the Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest, Whole Foods Market and Torontonians who realize that these men could be their fathers, their brothers, their sons or even themselves. For more information about The Good Neighbours’ Club please visit www.goodneighboursclub.org.

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