New hub to provide hygienic and referral access for vulnerable community members

In partnership with the Region of Durham, the Town of Ajax is launching the Ajax Hygiene Hub. A first for Ajax, the hub will serve unsheltered residents at the Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Rd.).

Linked to a network of supports for vulnerable community members across the Durham Region, the hub will provide:

  • Shower and washroom access; and
  • VHA Home Healthcare on site for information, referrals and supports to homeless residents.

All individuals accessing the hub will be actively screened for potential COVID-19 risk factors, and must follow Region of Durham Health Department protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes practicing proper physical distancing and hand washing procedures. In addition, the space will be subject to additional cleaning and disinfecting measures.

Donations:

Residents, businesses and community groups wishing to play a role in supporting unsheltered community members may drop off new, unused items to the Ajax Community Centre’s main entrance doors.

Items include:

  • Non-perishable, individual serving food items – granola bars, juice boxes, bottles water, apples, bananas, hummus and crackers, etc.
  • Unused hygiene products – shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash, feminine hygiene products

If you have any questions, please call the Ajax Community Centre's main line at 905-427-8811.

“Unsheltered residents are among the most vulnerable in our community. The Region is pleased to partner with the Town of Ajax to provide washroom and shower access to these at-risk individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep this population as healthy and safe as possible.” – Regional Chairman and CEO John Henry

“In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to reassess how we care for one another. This hub is a first for the Town of Ajax. We are proud to partner with the Region and service providers to support our most vulnerable, allowing streamlined and accessible processes for the important services that they need, as we walk through this crisis together as a community.”– Mayor Shaun Collier

Quick Facts:

  • The Hygiene Hub hours of operation are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday
  • All individuals accessing and supporting the Ajax Community Centre hub are closely following the Region of Durham’s Health Department recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • For up-to-date information about the Town’s COVID-19 response including service changes and resources, visit ajax.ca/COVID19
  • Information about COVID-19 in Durham Region can be accessed atdurham.ca/NovelCoronavirus
  • For a full list of impacts to Regional programs and services, visit durham.ca/ServiceChanges
  • Local outreach support agencies, shelters and overnight warming centres in Durham Region are open. Visit durham.ca/EmergencyShelters to learn more

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Media Contact: Rachael Matheson, Corporate Communications, 905-621-2278