February 7, 2017

South Riverdale Community Health Centre and Harmony Hall/Call-A-Service Inc. Integration Update

Over the past year, South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) and Call-A-Service Inc., known as Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors, have voluntarily been exploring the possibility of integrating to both sustain and improve what we do for newcomers and seniors.

On February 6th 2017, Harmony Hall members formally voted to approve the integration of the operations of both organizations. This involves a full transfer of assets and liabilities from Harmony Hall to SRCHC. SRCHC’s board of directors will govern the integrated organization and Harmony Hall’s board chair will participate on the Integration Implementation Committee. This vote followed the approval of the integration by both the SRCHC and Harmony Hall boards in late January. The approval by the Harmony Hall membership is a significant milestone in our process and means that the proposed integration is one step closer to being finalized.

The Toronto Central LHIN board will consider the proposed integration at its meeting on February 22, 2017. If they raise no objections, we expect that the two organizations will become a single integrated organization on April 1, 2017.

Once integration occurs, former Harmony Hall clients will be eligible to apply to be corporate members of SRCHC. Programs and services will continue to be offered from Harmony Hall’s current locations for at least the next year. Existing clients at SRCHC should experience no service disruption and will continue receiving services in the same location. During the first year, SRCHC will explore the needs of the local communities, including those served by Harmony Hall.

The Boards would like to extend their gratitude to all staff for their hard work and commitment and to our clients and members for their ongoing support. The SRCHC board has committed to ensuring that the services delivered by the integrated organization will build on the traditions of both organizations. In the coming months, we will continue to provide updates on our progress through our newsletters and website. For additional information please contact Lynne Raskin, CEO, South Riverdale Community Health Centre (LRaskin@srchc.com) or Dorene Weston, Interim Executive Director, Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors (dweston@call-a-service.com).

Empowering and Connecting Seniors in East Toronto

Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors (also known as Call-A-Service, Inc.) empowers and connects seniors 55+ by delivering transportation, recreational and support services. We offer services in Bengali, Chinese, English, and Tamil.

Services include:

  • Transportation to medical appointments, adult day programs, shopping, etc.
  • Programming for social and recreational activities including social dining, karaoke, mahjong, chess, casino trips, and art programs.
  • Wellness activities like yoga, tai chi, gentle fitness, and walking groups.
  • Educational opportunities including classes in language, computers, health promotion and cooking.
  • Support to address critical needs related to housing, immigration, social assistance, and pensions.
  • Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors is funded by the Toronto Central LHIN (Local Health Integration Network), Ontario Seniors' Secretariat, the United Way Toronto & York Region, and the Federal Government.

    For more information about our services and programs please contact us at: 416-752-0101 or harmony@call-a-service.com.

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