Good health means having opportunities to work, play, learn and contribute to one’s community. Health is more than being free from disease. The Community Development team works alongside community members on initiatives that contribute to our community’s well-being. Initiatives focused on food security, intergenerational programming, and community beautification are just a few of the many programs that promote community health. Each year, we offer a variety of special events. The Scarecrow Festival, trips to the beach, the Metro Toronto Zoo, and many other events have become a tradition for many of our families. New friendships are formed as part of the experience.
Volunteerism is a strong indicator of the health of a community. Civically engaged communities are vibrant, and as such, KCHC believes in promoting volunteer opportunities. KCHC has over 300 registered volunteers working in a variety of positions from helping newcomers learn English to helping to pack Good Food Box orders.
At KCHC we pay particular attention to the social, emotional, and financial needs of our clients, since they help support good health. The Community Development team meets people where they are and advocates for their success. Our Practical Assistance program can aid individuals in navigating an often complex social system to access resources to meet their basic needs. Direct financial aid is available for people on limited incomes. Members of staff include: a Practical Assistance Worker, Community Development Workers, Friendship Blooms Facilitator, Seniors Facilitator, and a Volunteer Facilitator.
Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World
A 16 session program where participants examine their own experience of poverty, and develop a plan of change for their life. Individuals work to better their lives by building the resources they need to thrive.
Circle Kingston supports people living in poverty toward their self-sufficiency goals by building connections across socio-economic lines. To Enroll in a Circle people MUST first complete the Getting Ahead program and have a plan.
Several cooking programs take place each month. In these classes, participants cook a healthy meal and then enjoy what they have made. Please contact KCHC for more information on the programs that are currently running.
Café 263 is a volunteer-run program designed to prepare newcomers, students, and area residents for employment. We are committed to enhancing skills in the areas of language, customer service, interpersonal dynamics, organization, cooking, food service, time-management, cash handling, and solution-focused problem solving. Many volunteers have successfully transitioned into paid employment or post-secondary education after their experience with Café 263. Employment readiness and advanced life skills are addressed daily, in real time and in a real life setting. We foster resilience, innovation and collaboration every day!
We are very grateful for the wonderful cross-cultural exposure that our volunteers bring to KCHC. It is exciting to hear so many different languages being spoken in our lobby. Our keen volunteers have eagerly shared new ingredients, recipes, and culinary techniques with the café team and with each other. Staff and clients enjoy the diversity reflected in the meals served, and our fair trade coffee is a big hit. Café 263 is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meals are homemade with fresh ingredients. Vegetarian options are common. Prices are very reasonable. Help us spread the word!
Good Food Stands (GFS)
Once a month, the Good Food Stand sets up a fresh produce stand at five local area high schools and welcomes all to drop by for a different kind of shopping experience.
The produce available is reduced in price, but not in quality. With produce prices expected to rise and the new Canada Food Guide’s emphasis on fruit and vegetables, a visit to the GFS may help stretch your food budget dollars.
Good Food Box
A community driven initiative that allows anyone to purchase an assorted basket of fruits and vegetables for less than the cost at the grocery store. Pay for a food box at the beginning of the month (various sizes between $6 and $17 each) at your neighborhood volunteer or agency host site where you will also pick it up. Pick up is the third Thursday of the month. For more information, contact us at 613.530.2239 or [email protected].
Fresh vegetables and fruit are available in your neighbourhood every month at wholesale prices. You can purchase a Good Food Box by ordering it in person at a Host Site. The order dates/times vary depending on the Host Site; cash only payments are due at time of order. Contact you local Good Food Box Host Site to find out when you can place an order.
Calvin Park – Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation – 119 Van Order Drive | 613.546.5591 ext. 1564
CFB Kingston – Kingston Military Family Resource Centre – 32 Lundy’s Lane | 613.541.5010 ext. 5195
Rideau Heights – Kingston Community Health Centres – 263 Weller Avenue | 613.542.2949 ext. 1195
Portsmouth – KFL&A Public Health Kingston Branch – 221 Portsmouth Avenue | 613.549.1232 ext. 1440
Queens – Four Directions Aboriginal Student – 146 Barrie Street – 613.533.6970
Sunnyside – HIV/AIDS Regional Services – 844A Princess Street | 613.545.3698
Westwoods – Ontario Early Years Centre – 930 Woodbine Road | 613.384.5051
County of Lennox and Addington
Amherstview – Loyzlist Sharing Centre – 108 Amherst Drive | 613.389.4546
Bath – Bath United Church – 402 Academy Street | 613.352.5375
Cloyne – KFL&A Public Health Cloyne Branch – 14209 Highway 41 | 613.389.4546
Napanee – Napanee Area CHC – 6 Dundas Street East | 613-354-8937 ext. 117
Napanee – Salvation Army – 135 Mill Street | 613.354.7633
Odessa – Emmanuel Church – 63 Factory Street | 613.386.7125
County of Frontenac
Central – Kris’s Hair Port, Unisex Salon – 1281 OaksFlats Road Godfrey | 613.374.2579
South – Leonard’s Fuels – 5584 Road 38 Hartington | 613.372.2112
South – Southern Frontenac Community Services – 4419 George Street, Sydenham | 613.376.6477
County of Leeds and Grenville
Gananoque – Salvation Army Gananoque Care and Share Centre – 120 Garden Street, Gananoque | 613.382.3105
Community Programs and Initiatives
Community Response to Neighborhood Concerns
This group was responsible for the development of the splash pad and skateboard park in Shannon Park and continues to work on the rejuvenation of the Rideau Heights community.
Junior Community Response to Neighborhood Concerns
Twelve students (from Grades 5-8, attending Holy Family Catholic School, J.G. Simcoe Public School, and Rideau Heights Public School), a staff representative from each of the schools and representatives from CRNC meet over the school year to talk about what is happening in their community. They plan and offer activities for the community.
Community Harvest Kingston (CHK)
CHK’s mission is to increase access to healthy local food, provide education on the benefits of healthy eating, and build community. CHK initiatives include the Community Harvest Market (CHM), celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019; a CHM voucher program, to further increase access; CHM special events, held monthly during market season; a 4,500 square foot organic, urban garden; and multi-generational gardening at the market site.
Market dates – Wednesday afternoons, mid-June to mid-October
Location – St. Matthew’s United Church, 31 Weller Ave, corner of Daly St. and Weller Ave
For more information, email [email protected] or visit https://www.facebook.com/Kingston-Community-Harvest-Market-123819205928/
Special Events Committee
Plans and implements affordable community events for families and individuals involved with KCHC. Events include trips to the beach, zoo, and community wide BBQs. Membership on the committee consists of community members and service providers. The Committee is always in need of volunteers to assist with events. For more information, contact [email protected]
Friendship Blooms Intergenerational Program
Friendship Blooms promotes community engagement among children, youth, and seniors and encourages seniors to contribute their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to better our community and to positively impact our younger generations. It is a program that is all about bringing people together. Whether it is a group of seniors playing cards, socializing and laughing with one another; a group of senior chefs cooking healthy snacks and discussing Canada’s Food Guide with a classroom of students; a group of knitters teaching students to knit; a group of gardeners planting a community garden with a group of students; a group of seniors working on special craft projects with children at the Boys and Girls Club; senior participants spending an afternoon visiting with residents from a local retirement home; or a group of ladies planning a special event, the program values everyone’s unique skills and talents. Friendship Blooms brings together all of these different groups of people to spend time together, to learn from one another and to grow together. We are always looking for new members and volunteers to join in on our activities! For more information, email [email protected]
Fun and Friendly Crafts
Fun and Friendly Crafts is a group of adults who get together every Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon to do crafts, chat, and have a snack. The group is headed by one of our long-term volunteers, Colleen, who teaches a variety of crafts, especially beading. The group is free, open to anyone, and you do not have to register. The craft group gives individuals a reason to get out of the house, meet new people, and explore their creativity. No experience required! For more information, email [email protected]
Penguins is a social group geared towards women who are 55+. The group meets every Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. It is a time to relax with a coffee or tea and enjoy the company of neighbours and friends. We play games, participate in crafts, and have guest speakers come in to talk about certain topics of interest such as diabetes and self-care. For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
Operation Warm Feet
Operation Warm Feet is an annual one-day drive to enable children and youth 18 and under to receive boots for winter. Contact us in early November for distribution date: [email protected]
Active Living Programs
A twice-weekly, one-hour gentle exercise program that encourages physical activity among Kingston residents over 55 years of age and who experience barriers in achieving a physically active lifestyle. Once a week, social time is held after exercises to encourage participants to make friends and join in the conversation. Refreshments and a healthy snack are provided. Classes are Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at 263 Weller Avenue.
A weekly gentle yoga class where almost all poses are performed seated. This class is open to anyone aged 15+ and is meant to make yoga accessible to all, regardless of ability or income. Classes are Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. at 263 Weller Avenue.
For more information, contact Corey Armitage, Active Living Facilitator, at 613.542.2949 x1147 or [email protected]