DSWAC held a weekend workshop to repair and rebuild the dry stone wall in the garden of St Christopher House ( 248 Ossington Ave, Toronto), May 26. We were pleased to be part of the garden revitalization project, with past donations including, the tree removal and pruning services; the courtyard design; some hardscape material; soil amendments; trees and shrubs; landscaping labour. The garden is used by the many people St Chris' serves every year.
The workshop was timed to complete the garden for the 100th anniversary of St Christopher's in Toronto (June 2012).
The work was done by small group of volunteer wallers, together with five local garden enthusiasts on Saturday, May 26
A little bit about the Organization-
"First opening its doors as a settlement house in its original Kensington Market location at 67 Wales Avenue in 1912, St. Christopher House has played a vital role in each community it has served.
In the 1940's, St. Christopher House became a participant in the United Community Fund and continues to be a member of the United Way from which it receives a portion of its funding, it is now a non sectarian social services agency, located in west central Toronto, with a catchment area going from the lakeshore in the south to Bloor Street in the north and from Bathurst Street in the east to Roncesvalles Avenue in the west.
Our largest facility at 248 Ossington now houses the programs for older adults, people with disabilities and their care givers; the Woman Abuse Program; the Immigrant and Refugee Services Program and some of our Adult Learning Programs; the Programs for Children and Youth; and the Music School.
St. Christopher House is committed to reflecting the changing face of our society. Ours is one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto. People of more than 60 cultures, speaking over 40 languages live within our catchment area. All ages and income levels are represented, with a high number of people living on a low or fixed income. The diversity of our community increases each year."