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When Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) reopened its doors, the need for face-to-face connections became clear. It wasn’t simply about what programs we provide, but how.

For Adora Escondo, returning to CNH was key in boosting her mental, physical and social health. Over the last 21 years, Adora has participated in dance and exercise classes at CNH. She even spent some time volunteering with our children’s programs.

So, when the pandemic hit, Adora was left with little activity in her day-to-day life.

“I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “I didn’t have Zumba, I didn’t have these classes.”

For Adora, classes like Zumba are about more than just moving. Since Adora first came across CNH those many years ago, she said it’s become a place where she is free to express herself with little judgment while unwinding from work. It’s also a place that’s become her second home. In fact, her early days at CNH started shortly after her family moved to Canada from Iran and previously, the Philippines. Now, she’s here anytime she’s free. 

“I even come here on Sunday,” Adora said.

A local resident of the neighbourhood, Adora said our low fees allow her to continue coming back, noting “even ordinary people can afford it.”

This year, we’re asking for your support to help us maintain these fees so people like Adora can access programs at CNH worry-free. We know that this has been a financially challenging time for many. If, however, you are in the position to help, please direct a donation, of any amount, to Collingwood Neighbourhood House to support our programming. Please help us enhance the lives of those around us by generously considering a tax-receiptable donation today.