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June 19, 2001
Seaton House shelter for men opens anew
  
Community and Neighbourhood Services -- Amid an open house celebration attended
by local politicians, community partners, clients, neighbours and staff, the
Seaton House emergency shelter reaffirmed its commitment to providing care and
hope to Toronto's homeless single men as it has for almost 50 years. The event
also marked the completion of extensive renovations of Seaton House's main
buildings in Toronto's east downtown, the opening of two satellite locations
outside the downtown and the receipt of a large donation from the Rotary Club
of Toronto.

"The new Seaton House opens a new door for Toronto's homeless men," said
Councillor Brad Duguid, Chair of the City of Toronto's Community Services
Committee. "Seaton House provides shelter, clothing, food and medical attention
and it also gives residents the tools they need to become more independent."

The Rotary Club presented Seaton House with a $340,000 cheque that will go
toward the construction of a new medical complex at the shelter. "The Rotary
Club of Toronto has consistently and significantly led the way in providing
special and unique services in downtown Toronto to some of Toronto's most
vulnerable citizens," said Rotary President Don Bell. The funds raised by the
Rotary Club are being used exclusively for the betterment of health care
delivery at Seaton House.

Since launching its ambitious plan of renewal in 1993, Seaton House has
conducted community consultation, partnership building, program development and
renovations. This plan for renewal came in response to concerns expressed by
clients, staff and the community about overcrowding and safety, and studies
that recommended improved programming to help men staying at Seaton House end
their cycle of homelessness. The work involved the participation of a
community-based advisory committee, local politicians, staff and clients
staying at Seaton House.

Today, the new Seaton House provides a range of programs, depending on the
individual client's needs, including support for men dealing with alcohol, drug
or serious mental health issues, as well as long-term programming for older men
and men living with disabilities.

Seaton House has recently opened two satellite programs. Birchmount Residence
is designed for men over the age of 55 and is integrated into a residential
neighbourhood in Scarborough. The Downsview Dells facility in North York
shelters a small number of men who have agreed voluntarily to abstain from
alcohol and drugs. The men participate in a treatment program at nearby Humber
River Regional Hospital and staff assist them in developing personal goals.


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