Support by donating PPE

Support by donating PPE

As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, there is a greater risk of exposure to the city’s homeless population.  The dedicated front-line staff of Homes First are dealing with difficult circumstances as they continue to provide services and care for people in shelters. Homes First is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as…

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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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Request for Proposals: Strategic Planning

Request for Proposals: Strategic Planning

The Homes First Board of Directors and strategic plan working group are requesting a facilitator with strategic planning subject matter expertise to support our efforts in planning and executing a strategic planning event, tentatively expected to take place in early 2021. Due to COVID-19, we intend to hold this event virtually. Homes First is requesting…

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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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