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A Place Called Home moves towards housing continuum model

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David Tilley, ED of APCH, gestures toward the new shelter. Photo: Sienna Frost.

A Place Called Home (APCH) is at a critical turning point.

Their 19-bed homeless shelter was already at 100 per cent capacity when the first wave of COVID-19 necessitated they move their clients into motel rooms.

Now the number of individuals in their care hovers around 50 people.

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Globus fundraising campaign looks to raise $200,000 with help of foundation

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Lakeview Arts Barn, home of Globus Theatre.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Globus Theatre was forced to cancel their 17th season of professional summer theatre. With 60 per cent of their annual $500,000 budget being derived from ticket sales it has meant a huge financial loss to the company and left this Ontario Summer Theatre facing an uncertain future.

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Women’s Resources braces for the aftermath

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not only put a huge strain on women experiencing violence from the men in their lives, it’s also stretching Women’s Resources, the local agency that serves them, to the breaking point. Many women are now trapped in isolation with their abusers, and even if they are able to find a chance to leave, the agency has to find them a place to quarantine for 14 days before they can enter the shelter in Lindsay.

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Know an extraordinary woman? Extraordinary Women of Kawartha Lakes Awards

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Last year's recipients of the Extraordinary Women of Kawartha Lakes awards.

Women’s Resources is hosting our 4th biennial Extraordinary Women of Kawartha Lakes Awards on October 17, 2019 recognizing women in the City of Kawartha Lakes who have made an extraordinary contribution to improving the quality of life in our community.

We celebrate the accomplishments of women under the following categories:

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RMH Auxiliary provides generous support for immediate needs at RMH

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The Ross Memorial Hospital Auxiliary made a special donation to support needs including the purchase of hysteroscopes for the Perioperative Suite, a specialized echocardiography stretcher, computers and monitors, and kitchen wares for the Nutrition Services Department.

Volunteers Evelyn Morrow, Rhona Bryant and Joyce MacCormack presented the cheque for $55,000 to RMH Interim President and CEO Veronica Nelson and RMH Foundation Executive Director Erin Coons.

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For 100 Women Who Care, it’s the power of common cause

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From L to R: Sharon Robbins, Bella Alderton, Jim DeFlorio (ED of Big Brothers Big Sisters) Nominator Alyssa Wilson, Sharon Smith-Carter.

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Sharon Smith-Carter, a founding member of the Kawartha Lakes Chapter of 100 Women Who Care (along with Bella Alderton and Sharon Robbins) about their recent fundraising success.

Benns: Why did this group form in Kawartha Lakes? How does it connect with 100 Men and 100 Kids? 

Smith-Carter: We heard about the ‘100 Women’ initiative and were impressed by the concept of simplicity and the incredible power of women with a common cause — making a difference in their community. As busy women, the one-hour-meeting model was appealing, plus having 100 per cent of the donation funds directed and utilized within our local community was paramount. We had our first meeting in March, 2016 and the 100 Kids and 100 Men groups began in 2018, formed by like-minded community members.

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