The 2017 Town & Country House Tour is proud to support five very important local organizations -- Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham, Community Care Durham, Joanne's House, YWCA Durham Second Stage Housing for Women and North House.
As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham has been creating friendships since 1976. We started out matching Big Brothers with Little Brothers and have grown to include a variety of different programs that serve both boys and girls in our area and the rest of North Durham.
Community Care Durham
Community Care Durham has provided community support services to adults with needs related to aging, physical and/or mental health for over 40 years. A grass roots charitable organization, we provide support services like Meals on Wheels, transportation to medical appointments, in-home respite care, and much more, enabling people to live at home, in their own community, with independence and dignity. Our services are provided at no cost or for a minimal fee, through service locations across Durham Region, including offices in Scugog, Brock and Uxbridge.
Joanne's House, Durham Youth Housing and Support Services
Joanne's House (Durham Youth Housing and Support Services) offers safe, emergency shelter services and in-house education to at-risk, homeless youth aged 16-24. To date, since opening its doors in 2008 the shelter has assisted over 1000 youth on their journey to a more stable life. Currently, Durham Youth Housing and Support Services is working towards establishing a second facility which would address the growing longer-term need for safe, affordable shelter. Specifically, plans are being developed for a transitional and supportive housing facility which would offer youth support where they can prepare to live independently with guidance and support.
YWCA Durham's Second Stage Housing for Women
Started in 2008 through YWCA Durham, this project provides the region's only second stage housing program for women at risk. At Adelaide House, the residents will find safe, comfortable, affordable housing and meals. The program also provides a peer network, professional counselling, advocacy, and skills development. Over a maximum 24 months stay, these women will gain the skills, connections, and confidence to achieve long-term success and independence in Durham region.
North House is committed to being a leader in rural-based housing strategies and support, creating and implementing housing solutions in North Durham focusing on proactive innovative approaches. North House facilitates responsive approaches and supports to housing that are safe and affordable, meeting the changing needs of the people in the Townships of Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge. North House believes in the rights of their participants to confidentiality and privacy; safe, supportive, non-judgmental and healthy environments; breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing a supportive, integrated continuum of housing services and supports; and an innovative approach that uses a circle of supportive services and a focus on the strengths of the participants which enables them to find and enact their own solutions to positive change.