On Sunday May 31st the Oasis Clothing Bank along with their community partners Carnforth Self Storage and the Food Cabbie will be hosting their first “Build A Mountain of Clothing “ and customer appreciation BBQ. Any donations of clothing and small kitchen stuff are sorted and given to our members in an effort to help them start a new life and, what is not used is sold with the proceeds going back into running the Oasis Recovery and Addiction programs. What exactly is the Oasis Addiction and Recovery Society? Simply put, this is a group of both socially and community conscious individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping those who are recovering from alcohol and drug addictions. In 1992 the founders of this society sought to create a place where recovering addicts and alcoholics could go to “stabilize their recovery, overcome personal barriers, educate themselves and join the workforce by finding viable employment”– an Oasis. While successfully completing a detox, or treatment program is a great accomplishment, this is only part of the journey of an addict or alcoholic in recovery. The ability to create a viable life for themselves while staying clean and sober is where the real work begins. The founder’s at Oasis have created a safe, welcoming environment where anyone could go to relax, socialize and upgrade or learn the skills they need to secure meaningful employment. According to the founders “meaningful work [is] a key element in rebuilding individual pride, the human spirit and the will to succeed – to find a better life”
Oasis programs include:
1). Employment Essentials Program: This is a six week program was created for those individuals who have successfully completed 30 days of sobriety. During their 6 weeks the participant will have on going one on one sessions with a counselor, specialized assessment designed to help them decide their career and education path; life skills workshop; career goal and job search skills; digital literacy and computer skills. Once the participant has completed this program they have further access to a series of post program support activities.
2.) Ontario Disability Support Program (Job Placement/Retention), focusing on those recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and who also suffer from disabilities and cannot find employment or are under-employed as a result. Participants are retrained and are given support in resume preparation, interviewing and networking skills.
3.) Employment Preparation Program, which offers various workshops as well as one on one training on job objectives, resumes, job searching techniques , and networking.
The founder’ themselves are former alcoholics and have been in recovery for years, and their dedication and noble work through the Society has been recognized by the city of Toronto. Their ability to remain sober and lead meaningful lives have made them stellar examples for everyone who is living with recovery. Oasis recognizes and acknowledges the former addicts and alcoholics constant struggle to transform and change; their programs help individuals mentally break from their past and acknowledge and accept the newly transformed individuals they have become.
If you happen to find yourself in the Toronto area on Sunday May 31st, between the hours of 11am and 5pm and have some gently used clothing you are ready to part with, come down to the Oasis Clothing Bank at 60 Carnforth Rd (one street west of Victoria Park Ave. on Lawrence Ave.) and HELP US BUILD A MOUNTAIN OF CLOTHING.