COVID-19 Update: Programs and Services as of September 24th, 2021

Dear Sistering Community Members,

Thank you for your compassion and support of Sistering. As the COVID-19 pandemic persists across the world, it is important that you know that our team of frontline workers continues to support our participants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As we navigate these challenging times, Sistering will continue operating our essential services with additional precautionary measures. 

Stay safe and take care!

Drop-In Changed to Temporary Respite Site

As of June 2020,  our 962 Bloor Street West Drop-In began operating as a respite site. 

With direction from the City of Toronto, we have been taking a limited capacity of participants to comply with the public health directive of maintaining 2 metres or more of physical distance. All referrals are done through the City of Toronto’s Central Intake Line. We anticipate being at capacity for the foreseeable future and will work with community partners to ensure all participants find adequate shelter as needed.

No congregation or smoking will be allowed in the front space. We will maintain a strict intake procedure in place for anyone approved to enter the space, including a temperature check and hand sanitization. Our site will continue to be cleaned multiple times a day with PPE available for each staff.

If you have any questions about this reopening, please contact Annabelle Bernard, our Building Coordinator, at abernard@sistering.org

Available Services

We continue to maintain the following programs at our 962 Bloor site:

  • Food Access: Lunchtime takeaway meals are available at our front door entrance between 12:00pm – 1:30pm daily
  • Harm Reduction: Access to harm reduction supplies and support is available between 10am and 4pm.
  • Medical Clinic: Inner City Health Associate doctors will provide on-site services as needed, maintaining health and safety measures. Virtual support is also being provided.

Our Case Support, Parkdale Outreach, Spun Studio, and On the Path Employment teams continue to offer programs and support remotely. Our drop-in and volunteer programming remains suspended.

Community Initiatives

Friendly Neighbour Hotline

We have partnered with the Friendly Neighbour Hotline run by the University Health Network’s OpenLab. The hotline will help with deliveries of food and medicine to our senior participants. They are looking for volunteers so please visit their site if you’re interested in learning more.