Message From the CEO
Spring for us at SCHC normally means the start of a new year. Well this year SCHC, and the world, have redefined what normal means. As the world is addressing a global
pandemic, we at SCHC have remained committed to making sure we stay strong and healthy to support our community. We know that Scarborough residents face more barriers to health and wellbeing than other parts of the city, the province and hence our mission, “to meeting the diverse, holistic health needs of the communities of Scarborough by addressing the physical, mental, social, financial and environmental aspects of their health”, is even more critical during our fight with COVID-19.
Therefore, not surprising, our staff rose to the challenge and re-imagined how to stay connected with our clients, our community. While many of us have had to work from home to adhere to public health and the province’s guidelines, others have continued to come in to work to ensure critical services like the food bank, Meals on Wheels,
transportation services, PSW supports, harm reduction and clinical services that require in person visits are provided. The rest of the staff have been working hard to provide virtual programming.
Examples include one to one counselling services to support individuals dealing with caregiver stress, grieving, abuse, isolation, and pandemic coping; seniors zoom classes, wellness and safety checks and online programming for children and youth.
While we miss seeing our staff, our volunteers and our clients, I am so proud of the work the SCHC family does. While they themselves are dealing with the same uncertainty and stress that our community is, they remain committed to staying connected with our community, so to our staff a special thank you for all you are doing!
SCHC remains open and active. As we take our lead from authorities we have started planning to be able to welcome our clients, safely, back to our locations. But, in the meantime, there are many ways to access SCHC programs and services, to learn
more visit us at www.schcontario.ca or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate these changing times together!