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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National Volunteer Week 2021: Murilo

National Volunteer Week 2021: Murilo

A graduate from Seneca’s social service worker program, Murilo already knew what volunteering in a shelter would be like. While co-facilitating a group for men who had been involved with the justice system, he felt he wanted to use his skills in other settings as well. Since he already knew the system, Murilo thought a…

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National Volunteer Week 2021: Adam

National Volunteer Week 2021: Adam

For Master’s student Adam, volunteering to offer counselling support to those at Homes First shelters wasn’t just way to give back, but also learn more about something very unknown to him; Toronto’s shelter system. Though unsure of what he might see or experience at the start, being part of the shelter system, even in volunteer…

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National Volunteer Week 2021: Nicole

National Volunteer Week 2021: Nicole

Nicole believes in giving back to her community. An editor by profession and a mother of young children, she was raised to be a community advocate, and find gaps where community members might step in and help out. Even when living oversees she found ways to volunteer, and that volunteering in her adopted communities helped…

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National Volunteer Week 2021: Sujena

National Volunteer Week 2021: Sujena

Its hard to enjoy Mondays but for volunteer yoga instructor Sujena, Mondays were one of her best days. Joining Homes First in January 2020, Sujena led a yoga class at our Kennedy women’s shelter, guiding residents through an hour program focused on wellbeing. No matter how bad her day had been, the smiles and gratitude…

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National Volunteer Week 2021: Marina

National Volunteer Week 2021: Marina

Marina never imagined that she would be volunteering at a Toronto shelter while living in Brazil. She had visited Toronto briefly a few years ago, so when the pandemic hit and she wanted to start volunteering, she began looking online to see how she could get involved with supporting a shelter in Toronto. Thanks to…

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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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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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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Yaya

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Yaya

Yaya came from a background where education wasn’t guaranteed. Despite this she made it to university to pursue midwifery, however she later felt it wasn’t a right fit. Completing her undergrad with a double major in theatre arts and women’s studies, Yaya began working at a bank in anti-money laundering. While working, she felt something…

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