Fife House is helping people living with HIV/AIDS find a place to call home…
By Jumol Royes
We’re all practising physical distancing and trying to live our best quarantine life. That means many meals spent dining alone at home. But for people who find themselves homeless during the COVID-19 crisis, not being able to go out for dinner isn’t their most pressing issue; finding a safe place to call home is their primary concern.
Fife House is the largest provider of supportive housing and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the GTA that helps people through initiatives like its Homeless Outreach Program. In light of the cancellation of the signature fundraising event, A Taste For Life (on what would have been the event’s 20th anniversary), the organization needs the community’s support now more than ever to continue serving vulnerable populations.
“For 20 years, A Taste For Life funded the crucial work of Fife House’s programs and services, including our Homeless Outreach Program,” says Sam Katz, director of development and communications. “The Homeless Outreach Program provides support and services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness. Last year, the program assisted more than 300 individuals with one-on-one housing help, housing search and placement, eviction prevention and transitional supports to the community.”
Fife House recently ran a campaign to help fill the funding gap: Every dollar donated to the Homeless Outreach Program during the month of April will be matched.
“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, TD Bank Group and Community One Foundation have agreed to match every dollar raised, up to $30,000. Together, we are continuing to support some of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community,” says Katz.
The match campaign finished up as of May 1st and the community matched the campaign for more than $60,000 raised for the Homeless Outreach Program. Online donations to support the work that Fife House is doing can still be made here: www.fifehouse.org/donate/match/.
And while it may not be possible to dine out for the foreseeable future, we can still support the following local restaurants that would have been participating in A Taste For Life by ordering in:
Monkey Bar & Grill
JUMOL ROYES is a Toronto-based storyteller and communications strategist with a keen interest in personal development and transformation and a love of all things Real Housewives. Follow him on Twitter @Jumol and on Instagram @jumolroyes.