The Covenant House supports at-risk youth by providing sustenance, shelter, and guidance for 350 youth every single day. Since 1982, they have been a national leader in the fight against homelessness and sex-trafficking. Their skills development programs empower homeless youth to discover their inner strength and create an action plan for their future.
‘The Good Shepherd’ is a sanctuary. It’s a place people go to for a hot meal, clean clothes, and a comfortable bed for the night, but most importantly it’s a place that many consider their home. Since 1951, Good Shepherd has been a lighthouse for those battling the storms of addiction, internal demons, and suffering.
Street Health OPS is an Overdose Prevention Centre located in the heart of one of Toronto's heaviest overdose hotspots. They ensure that users have access to clean needles and professional support/advice. Kelly and her team work hard every day to reduce the number of overdoses, transmissions of HIV, unsanitary needle use, and medical field overhead costs.
Light Patrol is an outreach program associated with Youth Unlimited. Youth Unlimited serves the at-risk youth population of Toronto by providing essential services, training camps, empowering mentors, and a positive community. Light Patrol has stepped up during COVID-19 to alleviate the burden that food banks and kitchens have been experiencing recently.
Given Values is a grassroots organization headed by Ricardo, who truly acts out his beliefs. His love for his community has driven him and his team to support his neighbourhood through grocery donations, emergency food hampers, and necessary clothing. His attitude towards giving back deserves true commendation.
YWS provides shelter and support programs to homeless youth. Their strategy emphasizes the importance of Resilience; building a foundation to ensure the best possible future for young people. YWS focuses’ on their youth’s strengths, encourages listening and sharing, and provides opportunities for youth to foster their confidence and thereby navigate the world and its challenges.