Picking Apples and Sharing the Harvest with Evangel Hall Mission
Well folks, it’s officially September! That means our picking team is surrounded by apples on apples on apples. We chose to celebrate this month of abundance by teaming up with one of our long-standing social service partner agencies, Evangel Hall Mission, to host a dedicated pick for their participants and staff.
About the Agency
Evangel Hall Mission (ehm, for short) is a community service agency that has supported individuals experiencing poverty, homelessness, and social isolation in Toronto for over a century! ehm’s programs include housing, dental, drop-in services, financial literacy training, spiritual care, and more!
Their vision is to support each person they serve to feel empowered and equipped to take on any challenge in life. Rooted in a non-judgmental, inclusive, and anti-oppressive framework, ehm’s services and practices seek to address the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of a person’s well-being.
Their Residence Program provides tenants with affordable housing on location. Their building at Adelaide and Bathurst, which is where we delivered the fruit, recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary! This residence provides 84 units of safe, individual, affordable rent-geared-to-income housing units. Additionally, ehm’s Housing Help program provides support and resources for those looking to find and secure stable housing elsewhere in the city.
Our Picking Program Assistant, Molly, coordinated with ehm’s Drop-In Manager, Philomena to encourage participants and staff members to come along on an apple pick! Joining us on the apple pick were: Tammy, Josephine, and Paul. Meet them below…
Tammy is a Client Case Worker at ehm, where she has worked for the past five years. This event was her first time ever picking apples, but she breezed through this pick with ease!
Josephine is a participant of ehm’s drop-in program. She has years of experience picking fruit, both in Toronto and on farms across Ontario. Her background in agriculture certainly came in handy for this picking event!
Paul is a participant of ehm’s drop-in program, as well. This was his first time picking apples.
Capturing the Whole Harvest
Our small team picked for two hours and collected a total of 193 lbs of deliciously tart granny smith-adjacent apples! What a bounty! The homeowners were thrilled to see us harvest such a great quantity and tidy up of their backyard of fallen fruit.
“It’s great to know the apples are going to be used. You always clear and tidy up our garden. And, we get to meet different people every time! We’ve had our tree picked by NFFTT for several years. It’s a nice end-of-summer tradition for our family.” – Deborah, tree registrant.
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