Giving Back: Longtime Resident Celebrates 10 Years on our Board of Directors

Giving Back: Longtime Resident Celebrates 10 Years on our Board of Directors

Twenty-five years ago, Alexis was homeless and struggling with substance use – until she found permanent housing with Homes First.  To give back to our organization, Alexis decided to volunteer with us. Last month, she celebrated her 10th and final year as a resident member of our Board of Directors. Here is her story.  …

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Earth Day Campaign

Earth Day Campaign

Are looking to reuse, reduce and recycle for Earth Day? Consider donating your gently used reusable water bottles to Homes First! As the weather gets warmer, many residents will be out and about. By donating your reusable bottles you’ll be helping residents stay hydrated, and keeping items out of landfills. You can also include an encouraging…

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Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week: Melody

Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week: Melody

Melody was driving home from an overnight shift on Monday when she noticed a woman, who was a frequent resident at Kennedy, on the street a few blocks away from the shelter. Melody pulled into a gas station and as she got out and walked over to the resident, saw she was in bad shape….

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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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National Volunteer Week: Mel & Chewy

National Volunteer Week: Mel & Chewy

Melanie found Therapeutic Paws of Canada, an organization of volunteers and their pets that provide therapeutic supports, after spending some time as a patient in a hospital. Melanie took her dog Chewy to be evaluated and a few months after passing 12 tests, they began volunteering at Homes First’s Kennedy shelter. Now over a year…

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National Volunteer Week: Sweekruti

National Volunteer Week: Sweekruti

University can be rough. Classes are overwhelming and the stress makes you feel nostalgic for the good old days where the hardest math you learned was fractions. For Sweekruti, volunteering to run an after-school program helps bring her back to simpler times.  “Kids see me as one of them so I get along with them.”…

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