October 1st, 2016
The San Romanoway Revitalization Association has been a fixture in the Jane & Finch neighbourhood for 17 years. A Second Harvest recipient agency since 2003, the small yet mighty centre offers breakfast, after-school and evening programming for youth, as well as seniors’ programs, parent drop-ins, counselling services for upwards of 200 people each day. Serving the apartment complexes of San Romanoway as well as the larger Jane-Finch Downsview community, the organization began with a mission to prevent crime in the neighbourhood and now works to support families for everything ranging from domestic abuse to drug addictions and mental health issues. Armed with a passionate group of volunteers, staff and community partners like Second Harvest, the SRRA provides a powerful and much-needed support system for this inner city neighbourhood.
As Stephnie Payne, Executive Director for the SRRA notes, “The SRRA is a strong fabric in the community. And it has been since the time of inception. In addition to the range of programming we provide, we’ve also done a lot of tangible work in our neighbourhood, like refurbished the tennis court, the basketball courts as well as repurposing the indoor swimming pool into a multi-purpose theatre. We have definitely made an impact. People from outside the community hear about that and want to come.”The number of people the SRRA helps has grown tremendously, particularly with its summer camp program, which is supported by the Sodexo's Stop Hunger Foundation's Feeding Our Future program. “Without Second Harvest, we would not be able to manage. Everything you provide is much needed and well used. Snow, rain, whatever – you’re here without fail every week. It’s really, really great to have Second Harvest as a partner.”