Charles St. West

General Updates

Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. Inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad, Orange Shirt Day began as an effort to raise awareness about the devastating inter-generational impacts of residential schools in Canada. Now recognized federally, this important date honours the Survivors of residential schools, the children who tragically never came home, and their communities. 

Learn more about Orange Shirt Day and the lasting impact of residential schools. Put together by U of T Mississauga’s Indigenous Centre, this list of resources includes films, books, and podcasts which provide insight on how to listen, learn, and act in meaningful ways. 

Did You Know About the UFH Free Store? 

Did you know that UFH has its very own thrift store that also happens to be completely free and exclusive for residents of Charles Street to use? 

The Free Store, located on the 3rd floor of 30 Charles, is a place where residents can drop off items that are gently used. Donations are then sorted by Community & Recreation staff and put on display and when open, residents can come and pick out what they would like for free. All residents of Charles Street are welcome to shop and/or donate.  

Each day, the equivalent of 5-10 garbage bags are diverted from landfill because of this amazing project! 

So, if you are moving out or looking to de-clutter, please consider donating to the Free Store. Please do not leave items outside the entrances to our buildings as they become ruined and end up in the trash. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community a clean and wonderful place for families to live!