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Dixon Hall invests $99,500 in Transportation Access and Community Supports for Seniors thanks to OTF Grant

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - On Thursday September 12th, Dixon Hall welcomed community members to celebrate and officially launch their new bus, made possible through a $99,500 OTF Capital Grant. The new, accessible bus will be in operation seven days per week, serving seniors in Toronto's downtown east neighbourhoods.

MPP Suze Morrison, Dixon Hall CEO Mercedes Watson, City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team Member Phyllis Tanaka, and a senior in Dixon Hall's Day programs gather in front of the agency's new, accessible bus. The bus was made possible through a $99,500 Capital OTF grant, and will impact thousands of Torontonians annually, providing access to food, recreation and socialization opportunities, and access to community support for seniors in the downtown east. (CNW Group/Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services)

Local MPP Suze Morrison and OTF Grant Review Team member Phyllis Tanaka attended to congratulate Dixon Hall and learn more about how their new bus is enabling seniors to thrive, live independently, and maintain social connections in the community.

"Dixon Hall's facilities are community hubs for seniors in Toronto Centre, providing social connection, nutritious meals, and recreation activities to those who would otherwise go without," said Suze Morrison, MPP for Toronto Centre. "I am thrilled that seniors will be able to safely access high-quality programs and services in this new, accessible bus."

This important new vehicle will support several programs in Dixon Hall's vast range of services for seniors, impacting more than 500 clients weekly.  Every week, the bus will pick up 75 participants for Adult Day programs, including those with dementia who could not participate without safe, reliable transportation. It will deliver 9,400 meals to recipients of Meals on Wheels?many of whom are low-income seniors and/or adults with a disability or illness?contributing to one of the largest Meals on Wheels programs in Toronto. The bus will also pick up corporate volunteers who number among the more than 1,500 individuals who annually contribute to Dixon Hall's community efforts.

"The support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation through their $99,500 capital grant has allowed us to purchase a brand new bus, which has a tremendous impact in our community," said Mercedes Watson, CEO, Dixon Hall. "Because of our new bus, we can ensure that seniors have safe, reliable transportation, opportunities for recreation and socialization, and access to healthy, affordable meals. We can help seniors and their loved ones navigate some of the challenges associated with aging, enabling seniors to live independently and remain at home as long as possible."

Dixon Hall is a multi-service agency located in east downtown Toronto. For 90 years, Dixon Hall has offered supportive programs and services to seniors, youth, men and women experiencing homelessness, the unemployed, and other vulnerable populations in Toronto.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada's leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

SOURCE Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

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