93 – North End Harvest Market – Day 1: Inaugural “Resource Fair” featuring ARCH, Stonehenge Theraputic Community, and Here24/7

Resource fair episode

Original Recording Date: August 16th

Guests: ARCH – HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, and HERE 24/7

This was my first visit over to the North End Harvest Market, located at Waverly Dr. Public School in North Riverside Neighbourhood Group.

During this first visit, the North End Harvest Market was running their inaugural “Resource Fair” featuring approximately 20 different organizations.  I spoke with three: ARCH – HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, and Here24/7

A bit about the Harvest Market:  The Harvest Market is a Free fruit and vegetable market intended to support low income families and individuals to meet their healthy food needs.

The Market is open on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 at the small parking lot beside Waverley Drive School at 140 Waverley Drive. In bad weather it will be held at Portable # 6.

Families and individuals can register and only need your name and address to qualify and although the market is open every week, registrants can come every second week.

Primary funding for the Market has been generously donated by Guelph UnitedMinistries, an umbrella organization of Guelph’s United churches and ministries. Other local groups that support the market are Guelph Neighourhood Support Coalition, Chalmers Community Services Centre, Trinity United church, Holy Rosary Church, New Life Church, Waverley and Brant Neighbourhood Groups, and the Upper Grand District School Board.

To offer make monetary donations, fruit and vegetable donations, provide some entertainment or just get more information, please contact Laura at northendharvestmarket@gmail.com. or drop by the Market.

More about the groups interviewed at the Resource fair:

ARCH –HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health – ARCH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing anti-oppressive, sex-positive, inclusive care, treatment and prevention services in the area of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted blood-borne infections through innovative health promotion strategies and community engagement.

Mission:We provide exemplary multidisciplinary services, education and support in the area of HIV and AIDS through innovative health promotion strategies and community partnerships

Vision: We dream of a time and place where everyone is free to live healthy, stigma free, vital lives.”

Stonehenge Therapeutic Community: “Stonehenge Therapeutic Community brings together people with chronic and acute addictions, including co-occurring mental health issues, to provide on-going opportunities for change and to promote a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and drug abuse. We embrace the invaluable role of alumni and peers to accomplish this mission. 

In the residential treatment program and aftercare services, this mission is accomplished through our progressive therapeutic community approach, supporting a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and drug abuse.

We also offer community-based services along a harm reduction continuum. These programs include addiction supportive housing, services for pregnant or parenting women and regional outreach and addiction support coordination programs.”

Here 24/7: “Here 24/7 is your front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 12 agencies across Waterloo Wellington. All you need to do is reach out to us. We do the intake, assessment, referral, crisis, waitlist and appointment booking work for these important programs. It’s our job to be your guide, figure out your needs and help you navigate the system. This leaves you free to focus on maintaining hope and pursuing recovery.

If you have any concerns, we hope you’ll get in touch. 

We’re Here 24/7 If you or someone you know:

  • Doesn’t know where or how to get help
  • Feels hopeless
  • Withdraws from friends and family
  • Threatens to or talks about hurting or killing themselves or others
  • Increases alcohol or drug use
  • Engages in reckless behaviours
  • Is in need of support for addictions or mental health
  • Feels rage or uncontrolled anger
  • Sees no reason for living
  • Feels trapped, like there is no way out
  • Has dramatic mood changes
  • Feels anxious, agitated or unable to sleep”
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