Andre’ Wagner, (past staff member and past board president), describing the beginning of Eden Community Homes at the 30th Celebration Event.
EDEN COMMUNITY HOMES TIMELINE
1982 – Board members from George Herman House, a home for women recovering from emotional difficulties, initiated the formation of what is now known as Eden Community Homes.
1983 – Funding was approved by the Ministry of Health. The Board hired its first Executive Director. The lease on 25 Parkwood Avenue was signed. In October the home was opened with 5 residents and then soon after the home reached its capacity of 10 residents. Eden Community Homes was incorporated as a non-profit corporation with the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations.
1992 – Eden Community House received official funding approval from the Ministry of Housing to purchase 1 Hillholm Avenue.
1993 – Residents moved in following the house’s renovation and a community relations campaign. In July Hillholm House was officially opened.
1999 – Eden Community House responded to a request for proposals for housing adults with mental health problems who were homeless. Eden Community Homes put in a proposal and developed a partnership for referrals with the Hostel Outreach Program of CRCT. A search for a property was made and 196 Beverley Street was found. The Ministry gave Eden House a capital grant to purchase and renovate the house and support dollars to hire staff. The City of Toronto granted a license to operate it as a rooming house.
2001 – Beverley House opened and ten women who were referred by the Hostel Outreach Program moved in.
2004 – Eden Community House came under the distinguished patronage of Justice John VanDuzer and Mrs. Joan VanDuzer. In recognition and honour of their name the art studio in the back garden of 196 Beverley Street is called the VanDuzer Studio.
2005 – In recognition that the program had grown, the agency made an official change in name from Eden Community House to Eden Community Homes.
2007 – The Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded Eden Community Homes a capital grant to renovate the coach house into an art studio for adults in the community with mental health problems. The official opening took place on June 14, 2007.
2009 – Eden Community Homes signs the Service Accountability Agreement with the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.
2011 – Eden Community Homes sign the Service Accountability Agreement with the TC LHINS covering the period of
April 1 – 2011 to March 31, 2014. The Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement
October 2013 – Celebration of 30 Year Anniversary!
June 18, 2014 – Eden receives donation from Green Shield Canada for a grant to make a film on “Wellness Through Art”.
September 2015 – Board of Directors supports the “Supportive Housing Tenants’ Bill of Rights”.
April 2014 to March 31st, 2017 – Click on link to see template Service Accountability Agreement for Eden Community Homes msaa-template2014-17
February 2017 – Eden Community Homes begins free fresh food program in conjuction with Freshco. The story was picked up by City TV in July 2017.
October 2017 – Eden Community Homes completes the documentary film project Art Asylum. The project was entirley produced with the generous contributions of 28 consumer survivors.