National Volunteer Week: Sali

National Volunteer Week: Sali

As she was preparing for her first volunteer session at Bathurst-Lake Shore shelter, Sali was nervous. Although she had nearly completed a Masters in Counselling degree with Yorkville University, and had experience as a crisis counselor, a health coach, and had answered phones on a crisis line, Sali still worried about how Homes First residents…

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National Volunteer Week: Tracy

National Volunteer Week: Tracy

Life can be stressful for just about everyone. But living in a shelter, where there’s always a flow of new people, where you may not feel comfortable leaving your belongings unattended, where sleep may elude you for days at a time, stress can often reach scary, even dangerous levels. Coming from a high-stress career, Tracy…

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National Volunteer Week: Farah and Jonathan

National Volunteer Week: Farah and Jonathan

Sharing your thoughts and feelings, even it’s just by getting them down on paper, can be a scary feeling. However Farah and Jonathan, two volunteers who lead writing programs at Homes First’s Kennedy and St. Clair shelters, find that the open communication fostered by their sessions has helped residents to support and learn about one…

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National Volunteer Week: Rebecca

National Volunteer Week: Rebecca

Programs involving food, even just light refreshments, are always popular with Homes First residents. So it’s no surprise that Rebecca’s cooking classes, held biweekly at two of our supportive housing locations, were the most popular programs of 2019. Rebecca, a registered dietitian, started by helping in the kitchen at Savards women’s shelter before starting a…

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National Volunteer Week: Arnold, Teresa, and North Toronto Chinese Baptist Church

National Volunteer Week: Arnold, Teresa, and North Toronto Chinese Baptist Church

Arriving as immigrants from Hong Kong almost 30 years ago, Arnold and Teresa Wong know a thing or two about navigating a new and foreign culture. Their place of worship, North Toronto Chinese Baptist Church, has proven to be a cornerstone for community cohesion and shared purpose, and it was Arnold and Teresa’s pastor, Kwan…

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Real Life Stories: Nimeh

Real Life Stories: Nimeh

A desire for freedom is what brought Nimeh to Canada from Jordan. In her words, “women in her country don’t have the freedom to love, marry or be a part of society.” An Arabic language teacher with a master’s degree, Nimeh, 60, found life in her country difficult. Her status as an educated and employed…

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Real Life Stories: Angel

Real Life Stories: Angel

Angel knew from a child she was different, and others saw it too, but they couldn’t figure out what was “wrong” with her, she says. She was assigned male at birth, but that didn’t feel right to her. Growing up trans in a Roma Gypsy community was also difficult; there was no support for Angel when…

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Wanda’s Arts Awards 2019: 3rd place winners

Wanda’s Arts Awards 2019: 3rd place winners

Ivan from Strachan House                         Kate from Strachan House               Sara from Strachan House

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Wanda’s Arts Awards 2019: Geoff (2nd place winner)

Wanda’s Arts Awards 2019: Geoff (2nd place winner)

Nominated every year since the beginning of the Wanda’s Arts Awards in 2015, Geoff describes his current art state as having “six fingers in six different pies.” Currently Geoff is working on multiple art pieces that make up three different series: a collection of self-portraits inspired by his interest in subatomic physics; a sequence of…

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