All posts in “homelessness”

Covenant House – Mental Health Program

Group Name: Covenant House – Mental Health Program

Description: Opened in 1982, Covenant House Toronto was the second international site established in the highly recognized childcare agency. The 21-site network spans from Alaska to Latin America. Today, Covenant House Toronto is a homeless youth agency. More than just a place to stay, we provide 24/7 crisis care and have the widest range of services under one roof, including education, counselling, health care and employment assistance.

Arts and Minds, our day program for youth with mental health issues, is a safe and welcoming place for kids to work towards healing and stability. The innovative program uses art therapy, as well as other hands-on activities like cooking and gardening. Through these creative techniques, we are able to teach kids communication and social skills in a non-threatening way. Art encourages youth to regain the ability to express themselves and rebuild a sense of self-worth. They also volunteer in the community, which gives our youth the pride of making a contribution. Morning sessions include structured activities, while afternoons are spent counselling youth individually.

Where: 20 Gerrard St. East | Toronto, ON M5B 2P3

Contact: 416-598-4898 | 1-800-435-7308 (24 hrs & shelter) | www.covenanthousetoronto.ca

Eva’s Initiatives – Family Reconnect

Group Name: Eva’s Initiatives – Family Reconnect

Description: Eva’s Initiatives is an organization that operates three unique facilities in Toronto, providing safe shelter and diverse programs and services to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives. Eva’s Initiatives staff work with each homeless youth to develop a personalized action plan. This plan is designed to empower each young person to achieve both short- and long-term personal and career goals. This intake, assessment and screening process considers the whole person – mental, physical and aspirational.

The Family Reconnect Program offers individual and family counselling to at-risk and homeless youth. Recognizing the critical importance of family support for teens and young adults, we attempt to connect with and engage families to support their son or daughter to gain stability and experience success.
Our counselling goals are to assist families with the root causes of their struggles, including family breakdown, youth and parent conflict, communication difficulties, sibling relationships, drug and alcohol use as well as life and parenting skills.

The two services offered are:
Early Intervention
This prevention program provides support to at-risk young people (14-24) and their families, exploring difficult issues affecting their relationship. With a family-centred approach, our goal is to help families resolve complex relationship issues, develop positive relationships, increase communication, and, where possible, divert youth from the shelter system.

Homelessness
Family and individual counselling are offered to young people (16-24) who are homeless, living in shelters, “couch-surfing”, or housing insecure. Our objective is to support young people in re-establishing healthy and supportive relationships with those they define as family. When reconnecting with family is not possible or advisable, our service provides individual counselling, including emotional support, grief and loss counselling, life and coping skills.

Where: 360 Lesmill Road | Toronto, ON M3B 2T5

Contact: Nancy Abrams 416-441-3162 Ext. 242 | nabrams@evas.ca | www.evasinitiatives.com

Nellie’s – Support for Women Experiencing Abuse and Violence

Group Name: Nellie’s – Support for Women Experiencing Abuse and Violence (WEAV)

Description: The shelter was named after Nellie McClung, the pioneer feminist who challenged the Canadian Government in the Supreme Court of Canada to have women declared persons under the law. Nellie’s operates a Community Support & Outreach Office to assist women in the community who are homeless and living in poverty with access to basic necessities like food, clothing, and toiletries, as well as to provide support in the areas of housing, immigration, legal issues, child welfare, education, and employment.

Women Experiencing Abuse and Violence (WEAV)
16 week psychosocial closed support group for Women and Trans women who have or are currently experiencing violence and homelessness. The group operates from an Integrative feminist, anti-racist/anti-oppression framework. The scope of the group includes dynamics of abuse, the cycle of violence, power and control, as well as intersections power and privilege and gender based violence on a local and global scale. Participants will explore individual experiences of abuse and systemic violence as well as have an opportunity to practice recognizing and naming the larger systems of oppression and violence operating in the lives of Women and Trans Women.

Where: PO Box 98118, 970 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON M4M 1J0

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-461-8903 | 416-461-1084 (Crisis and Shelter space) | community@nellies.org | www.nellies.org

Out of the Cold – Toronto

Below is a listing of all the Out Of The Cold sites. Click on a site name to view more details. Dixon Hall is responsible for providing resources and support services to the sites with red links.
Need Help? Call 311 to get an emergency shelter bed or call central intake directly free from any pay phone 1-877-338-3398.

Out of the Cold Site Scedule 2014-2015

Street Health – Community Mental Health Program

Group Name: Street Health – Community Mental Health Program

Description: Street Health is a non-profit community based agency that improves the health of homeless and under-housed people in Toronto. We offer both physical and mental health programs. We provide our services on the street, in parks, and in homeless shelters and drop-ins. The people we work with have lives characterized by extreme poverty, chronic unemployment, insecurity in housing, poor nutrition, high stress and loneliness. They also have more frequent and serious illnesses, and die younger on average than the general population.

The Community Mental Health Program supports people who face the extra challenge of mental health issues while homeless or under-housed. As many as 30% of homeless people in Canada have experienced a mental health issue. The lack of supportive housing makes it all the more difficult for individuals to access and maintain housing. Beyond basic supports, the five-person mental health team provides crisis intervention, outreach, informal counselling, legal support, and referrals to other community resources. The team works with neighbouring service providers, the nursing team and others.

Where: 338 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2A1

Contact: 416-921-8668 | info@streethealth.ca | www.streethealth.ca

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Sunday Drop-In

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Sunday Drop-In

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Our Sunday Drop-In has evolved and changed over the years, adapting to the needs of the local community and the homeless and under-housed people who come to The Centre. The program will consist of a big Sunday breakfast shared together Room 106 of The Centre, starting at 10AM. Breakfast is followed by afternoon programs on a variety of programs and topics selected by participants and led by staff and volunteers. Lunch is served during afternoon programs and individuals who do not want to stay for programs can grab a meal-to-go before breakfast ends at 1. The 519’s Drop-In is unique in that it focuses on LGBTQ homeless and under-housed people and their allies. Everyone is welcome to attend the drop in as long as they contribute to ensuring a safe, positive space for LGBTQ people.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Sawyer Pow 416-355-6789 Ext. 4015 | spow@the519.org | www.the519.org

Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Drop-In)

Group Name: Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Drop-In)

Description: Sistering is a women’s organization that offers practical and emotional support through programs which enable them to take greater control over their lives. Guided by the principles of Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression, Sistering works to change social conditions which endanger women’s welfare. Sistering was founded early in 1980, when a small group of social service agency representatives, women living in hostels and community residents came together to discuss the needs of homeless and transient women in downtown Toronto. Particularly women’s need for a safe and welcoming women’s only space during the day, and a space where women could access food, support and information.

Sistering’s Drop Ins provide basic services to women who are homeless, under-housed, low income or marginalized and are looking for a safe and welcoming place to go during the day. In a welcoming, non-judgmental environment women can access much-needed supports. Sistering serves a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse population in a positive environment through shared commitment to principles of equity and access. At our Bloor Street Drop-In women can access a full range of services, seven days a week. Our basic services include:

  • hot breakfast and hot lunch
  • laundry facilities (washer & dryer)
  • showers
  • daybeds for napping
  • a mailing address, if needed
  • local phone and email
  • ESL Classes

Where: 962 Bloor Street West. | Toronto, ON M6H 1L6

When: Mondays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-926-9762 | www.sistering.org | info@sistering.org

Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Health and Wellbeing Program)

Group Name: Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Health and Wellbeing Program)

Description: Sistering is a women’s organization that offers practical and emotional support through programs which enable them to take greater control over their lives. Guided by the principles of Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression, Sistering works to change social conditions which endanger women’s welfare. Sistering was founded early in 1980, when a small group of social service agency representatives, women living in hostels and community residents came together to discuss the needs of homeless and transient women in downtown Toronto. Particularly women’s need for a safe and welcoming women’s only space during the day, and a space where women could access food, support and information.

Poverty and homelessness exact a huge toll on women’s physical, mental and emotional health. Homeless women typically walk for hours every day. Life on the streets is extremely unsafe and stress is high and ever-present. Most homeless women do not have access to a family doctor, or primary healthcare. Sistering’s response has been to partner with St.Michael’s Hospital Inner City Health Associates and provide a primary health clinic onsite that is staffed with a family doctor and Psychiatrist, and is open 3 days a week. Sistering also offers a range of health promoting activities and programs on site. At no cost to participants, we offer support groups for adult abuse survivors, diabetes management, harm reduction, emotional management of trauma and anger (Feelings Group) as well as health and well-being programs and services:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Referrals to other medical services and departments
  • Dental referral, partnership with Queen West Community Health Centre and the University of Toronto Dental Clinic
  • Public health nurse

Programs are offered in other languages as well.

Where: 962 Bloor St. W. | Toronto, ON M6H 1L6

Contact: 416-926-9762 | www.sistering.org | info@sistering.org

Community Resource Connections of Toronto – Aboriginal Services

Group Name: Community Resource Connections of Toronto – Aboriginal Services at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)

Description: CRCT operates an active web site containing information about events, news and resources. The web site also has a searchable database of mental health services, supports and resources available in Toronto. We are working to provide a comprehensive source of information which meets the needs of consumer/survivors, family members and service providers.

In partnership with Native and non-Native agencies, Aboriginal Services provides individual and group counselling to Aboriginals experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues. Other services include: telephone counselling, consultation and education. Model of service is concurrent disorders. Average length of stay is long-term. **** Languages: English, Cree, Ojibway.

Where: 393 King Street E | Toronto, ON, M5A 1L3

Contact: 416-209-7999 | 416-482-4103 | crct@crct.org | Bob_Crawford@camh.net

Elizabeth Fry – Homelessness and Outreach Programs

Group Name: Elizabeth Fry – Homelessness and Outreach Programs

Description: Elizabeth Fry Toronto, established in 1952, serves women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the criminal justice system. We provide transitional housing and community supports that are: woman centered, gender-responsive and anti-oppressive.

Elizabeth Fry Toronto provides unique programs in support of women who have experienced homelessness, are at-risk of conflict with the law or have experienced such conflict. Programs include:

  • BEST Pre-Employment: Assessment and planning for homeless women with a criminal record seeking meaningful employment.
  • Girl’s Circle: A prevention and outreach program for youth between the ages of 13 and 24 years.
  • Project OWN (Opportunities for Women Now): A peer education and training program to build public awareness about women and the law.
  • Newcomer Program: Education and support for criminalized and at-risk women who are new to Canada or have precarious immigration status
  • Work Safe: Health, legal, and counselling support and referrals for sex worker

Where: 215 Wellesley Street East | Toronto, ON M4X 1G1

When: Women must first attend an individual assessment prior to attending group sessions. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-924-3708 Ext. 246 | info@efrytoronto.org | www.efrytoronto.org

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