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This is our “Mothership” - it houses our men’s shelter program (which most of us refer to as “The Brock”), Open Table community Dining program, Food Services, and our skeleton of Administration/Support Services.
 
Our core service – the 40-bed shelter for homeless adult males – is the main activity that takes place at 217 Murray Street.  The shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every week of the year.  Men stay with us from one night to up to six months, depending on their individual circumstances.
 
For over a year, we’ve had the privilege of having an addiction counsellor, who also works with mental health issues, working directly on site.   We are grateful to Four Counties Addiction Services Team (FourCAST) for the partnership that has been developed between our agencies.  The Addiction Counsellor provides clinical services, access to medical services, and assists Mission staff in working with men who come through our doors.  As the profiles of people experiencing homelessness become more and more complex, this partnership becomes more and more invaluable.
 
217 Murray St has much potential, but is in need of major renovation.  The site has ample space, and good “bones”, but the building is tired, and becoming more difficult to maintain. Like the recent Cameron House redevelopment, we envision a redevelopment of this site  -- enabling us to provide enhanced services, to reduce yearly maintenance and operational costs, and to offer a much more welcoming place to those who have no where else to turn.
 
As we enter our 25th year of service in 2012, we hope to launch a capital campaign to address this vision.  In the meantime, we work towards securing stable funding for our core service, and ensuring our doors remain open, as long as we are needed.
 
 
 
 
 
Cameron House opened on October 31, 1996 to provide emergency, short-term shelter for women. There are 10 beds.
 
With an aim to ensure that the services we offer line up with the needs of our clients, we recently completed a comprehensive profile of the women who had stayed with us at Cameron House.
 
Our short-stay shelter services are still necessary, and in addition to that we learned that many of the women who came through our doors had difficulty retaining stable housing afterwards.  While they appeared to do well while staying at Cameron House, they struggled once they were on their own.
 
With secured capital funding from municipal, provincial and federal funds we have added 8 bachelor units to our Cameron House site in 2011: Cameron House, Too! Women staying in these added units pay a modest rent, have the support of their familiar shelter, and also receive assistance with a Life Skills program. The program is customized to suit the individual, and provides education and training for independent living. The response thus far is very positive!
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s about eating together!
 
Our community meal program continues to serve 50-100 people from Monday to Friday, 5pm to 6pm.  The meal is available to all who would like to join us.
 
Open Table provides more than 10,000 meals each year to men, women and children who are unable to secure, store or prepare meals.
 
We are grateful to the Luke Four Foundation who provided interim funding in the past, keeping the “Open” in Open Table, while we continue to seek long-term funding.  
 
All food is donated, including food supplied to us through Kawartha FoodShare. We serve whatever we have. Donations of food are welcomed with sincere thanks.
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