Two training programs, Cook It Up and Ready For Retail, were offered in the spring. Cook It Up trainees prepared free meals at Molly’s Bistro Bakery, while Ready For Retail trainees were placed in local businesses.

Funded by New Horizons for Seniors, SIRCH started a yearlong pilot program, Family Roots, that trained senior volunteers in genealogy and community resources. The volunteers were then partnered with isolated seniors to develop connections while working on their family tree.

SIRCH provided School’s Cool in Haliburton and Minden.

During the summer, SIRCH’s social enterprise, Catering For A Cause, hosted an International Bistro at the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School. Community members and students of the Haliburton School of Arts + Design enjoyed internationally-themed lunches.

In October, SIRCH hosted a 30th Anniversary Celebration. Clients, volunteers, board members, and former and current staff spoke of the impact SIRCH has had on individuals and the community.

In the fall, the annual winter coat drive, Share The Warmth, was well received, with numerous donation drop-off partners, and five winter clothing give away events.

SIRCH’s annual community fundraising campaign, Gifts From The Heart, was held in the fall.

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