Services and programs affected by the pandemic

Previous in-person services at the St. James Town Community Corner
now available by phone while others put on hold 

By Nina Badwal
– January 2022 – 

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Since its opening in 2011, The Corner’s mission has always been to provide residents of St. James Town an inclusive space where they can access in-person health and social services, and community programs with the goal of creating a sense of belonging and building a vibrant neighbourhood.  After the pandemic hit, The Corner had to make some necessary changes.  

With COVID-19 cases back on the rise in Toronto, some in-person services at The Corner that had resumed are now either restricted to via phone or are on hold.  Here is a list of some of the changes:   

Case Management (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 6:00pm)
Do you need personalized support and guidance for a difficult situation in your life?
– The intake team connects residents to health and social services
– Intake workers help residents with problems, providing solutions for issues or conflicts through ongoing sessions
***In-person support is currently on hold due to COVID restrictions.  However, help is available by phone. 

Mental Health Counselling (Fridays, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Do you feel down, sad or lonely and need to talk to someone?
We offer one-on-one counselling for mental health support (sessions are with a mental health counsellor from Sherbourne Health) 

Primary Health Care (5 days per week, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays are rotated.  By appointment for registered patients – no walk-ins)
Dealing with health issues?
– We have an on-site nurse practitioner* here to help
– She is taking new patients (potential patients must go through an intake process for assessment)

*Nurse practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice nurses who integrate clinical skills associated with nursing and medicine in order to assess, diagnose and manage patients in primary health care settings and acute care populations, as well as ongoing care for populations with chronic illness. (https://www.cihi.ca/en/nurse-practitioners)

Housing Support (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Are you looking for affordable homes or shelters?
– Clients get access to housing listings
– We help clients find subsidized housing
– A housing support worker assists people complete forms and helps them navigate the system as well as:

  • Updating or checking the status of a client’s current subsidized housing application 
  • Information on Landlord and Tenant Laws
  • Assisting with landlord issues
  • Eviction prevention support
  • Advocacy and referrals
  • Assistance with access to the Rent Bank Loan and Energy Assistance funds

***The housing support worker is currently working remotely, providing assistance on the phone.  

At The Corner, residents can access a variety of administrative services including use of the internet, printer, photocopier, fax machine and scanner.  The hub is also a venue for recreational, educational and community based activities.
 
***All administrative services are available on an emergency basis only. All programs are on hold due to COVID restrictions until further notice. 

English Classes for Adults (Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6:00pm)
– We offer
English conversation classes for newcomers (taught by a former high school teacher)
 
***This course is on hold due to COVID restrictions.  

Clothing Transformation Program (Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:30am)
– This sewing class teaches participants how to take old clothes and make them into new items (ex. make a tote bag from an old t-shirt)
***This course is on hold due to COVID restrictions.  

Piano Classes for Kids (Saturdays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm)
– Children aged 4 to 14 are welcome
***This course is on hold due to COVID restrictions.  

For more information on any of the above programs and services, please call The Corner at 416-964-6657.  

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