Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week: Karlene

Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week: Karlene

After an eight hour shift, many people would want to get home, unwind, and forget about their work day.  Karlene, a front-line staff at the Willowdale Welcome Centre, was heading home after 11 p.m. on a stormy night earlier this week when she noticed an older woman sitting hunched over on the bench in the…

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Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week: Freshtah and Kristen

Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week: Freshtah and Kristen

When Freshtah heard that Willowdale resident Edwin was leaving, she had mixed feelings. They had built a rapport and she enjoyed spending time getting to know him so she was sad to see him go, but happy that after all his hard work, he had found housing and was ready to start his life in…

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Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week: Olu’s Story

Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week: Olu’s Story

Olufemi, who also goes by Olu, began his career at Homes First in the summer of 2019. He had heard of Homes First through friends that worked with the organization, and decided to apply and see how it went. Olu began on the Co-ed floor at Bathurst-Lake Shore shelter as a Community Shelter Worker. “My…

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COVID-19 and Food: How the pandemic affects food security

COVID-19 and Food: How the pandemic affects food security

September was Hunger Action Month, a month-long recognition of the struggles some people face with hunger and food insecurity. As hunger awareness grows and food and meal programs continue to expand, Toronto has seen a rising percentage in food bank visits and people seeking food assistance. Many people rely on food assistance or have recently…

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Homes First’s Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Letter

Homes First’s Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Letter

Click the link below to read a letter from the Homes First Board of Directors on Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression. HFS Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Letter

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Homes First’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Homes First’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: At all of its shelters Homes First is implementing a screening tool that the City of Toronto developed in conjunction with Toronto Public Health for persons that may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The City is opening a new program that will allow those being tested or told to self-isolate to stay out of…

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Homes First Charity Intelligence Rating

Homes First Charity Intelligence Rating

Homes First recently updated its profile with Charity Intelligence Canada, a charity that conducts independent research on other charities to help donors make informed decisions and have the most significant impact. Charity Intelligence analyses charities based on management and operations, financial transparency, and the social impact of the charities programs.  Charity Intelligence Canada assesses both…

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Rotary Club and Tippet Foundation make precedent setting gift for Toronto’s Homeless

Rotary Club and Tippet Foundation make precedent setting gift for Toronto’s Homeless

You can’t do much if you are homeless. Without a permanent address, it’s hard to feel like you are part of a community, find a physician, a job, or count on three meals a day. Established in 1983, Homes First dedicates their efforts to help those with the fewest housing options. Homes First owns and/or…

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DAS Canada is being recognized as a Great Place to Work®

DAS Canada is being recognized as a Great Place to Work®

For Release: April 22, 2016   DAS Canada is being recognized as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in Canada. This list and related stories appeared in a special national report on Friday April 22, 2016 in The Globe and Mail. Being a great place to work is one of the core values at DAS…

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