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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National Volunteer Week: Catherine

National Volunteer Week: Catherine

  Homes First has seen a lot of changes over the years, but in the Homes First Human Resources department, the one thing that hasn’t changed is Catherine. Catherine came to Homes First in 2015. She had recently moved into the downtown area from the west end and since retiring in 2012, wanted to give…

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National Volunteer Week: Tova

National Volunteer Week: Tova

Tova has always found art therapeutic for herself, a way to deal with the stresses of her own life and career as a lawyer. So when an opportunity came to volunteer at her local Homes First community to lead weekly art workshops, she found it a perfect fit. “I really wanted to get involved in…

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National Volunteer Week: Andrei

National Volunteer Week: Andrei

Andrei knows what going to bed hungry feels like – he grew up under the Romanian dictatorship. When he was part of the Occupy Toronto movement, he slept in a tent in St. James Park, and interacted with the homeless individuals who came for the free meals that were handed out. But for him, being…

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Wanda's Arts Awards Winners 2018

Wanda's Arts Awards Winners 2018

We had many great artists nominated this year, but two came out on top! Congratulations to Erika and Allison! Erika’s journey with art began in her early years at school in the Czech Republic, where her adoptive mother enrolled her in painting and drawing classes. She attended a private school with a focus on art,…

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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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Because We Care: Scarborough Toyota Raises $25,000

Because We Care: Scarborough Toyota Raises $25,000

Scarborough Toyota actively engages their community through philanthropy. In 2018, the Scarbrough Toyota ‘Because We Care’ campaign raised $25,000 for Homes First Foundation. The Because We Care Campaign is a community partnership between charities, Scarborough Toyota, and customers who can donate $100 to a select list of charities when purchasing a vehicle in July and…

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Volunteer Transforms Storeroom and Himself

Volunteer Transforms Storeroom and Himself

For National Volunteer Appreciation Week 2018 we shared part of Andreas’s story with you. Now we’d like to share his extraordinary journey with you in more detail. His story, like so many other Homes First residents, is one of bad luck and incredible resilience.  Andreas began helping shelter staff with deliveries while still in residence….

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