ACSA is working hard to serve our communities most vulnerable people during this difficult time. With the continuing spread of the coronavirus and recommendations by health officials to increase social distancing, we have suspended/modified many of our programs. Now more than ever during these unprecedented times ACSA continues to serve many vulnerable individuals who rely heavily on two services in particular; food bank services and homeless drop-in services. ACSA has taken measures to prioritize the safety of our community members, volunteers and staff while during hours of operation.
For at least 3 weeks (until April 5th) the following changes are in effect:
- The Food Bank located at 1911 Kennedy Road Unit 105 will continue to operate. We are open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 12:30PM-4:00PM.
- We are not taking appointments. You may walk in during the hours listed above.
- We will ONLY be giving out pre-packaged boxes of food in the front foyer.
- There will be NO exchanges, requests or return to reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus by exchanging items and overcrowding.
- We are able to accommodate 3-4 individuals/families in the space at a time. As a result, the front doors will be closed and people will be asked to wait outside until the space can accommodate more people.
- The 202 Markham Road Food bank will not be operational during this time.
- Our ACSA North Drop-In program will only be open to those that are living rough (street homeless) at our 4155 Sheppard Ave East Suite 100 Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. We will only be providing bagged/take away lunches
- Our ACSA South Drop-In program will be open to those that are living rough (street homeless) at 202 Markham Road Sunday to Tuesday from 9 am to 1pm, Wednesday 1:30 to 5:30 and Thursday 9 am to 1 pm. We will be providing bagged/take away lunches.
- All Newcomer and Settlement Services are fully operational using an online platform.
- All case management staff continue to work either remotely from home or in the office maintaining connection with vulnerable clients.We are asking for everyone’s understanding during this time of crisis.
ACSA opened its doors nearly 50 years ago (by community members and faith leaders) who recognized a need to assemble and build a bridge between those that can help and those who needed a hand up. This is still true today.