You can’t do much if you are homeless. Without a permanent address, it’s hard to feel like you are part of a community, find a physician, a job, or count on three meals a day. Established in 1983, Homes First dedicates their efforts to help those with the fewest housing options. Homes First owns and/or manages 16 properties in Toronto, serving over 550 men, women and children every night.
One of the largest barriers that perpetuate homelessness is a lack of access to regular, healthy meals – physical and mental health suffers and affects the necessary skills to manage life successfully. When Homes First approached the Rotary Club of Toronto and the Tippet Foundation with the opportunity to support a new Food Program for our largest shelter, Rotary Director Barbara Thompson and Rotary Director and Tippet President Richard White immediately sought out a tour to meet the residents and understand our needs. With a generous pledge of $75,000 from the Rotary Club of Toronto and matched funds from other the Tippet Foundation, we can now build a food program to provide three meals a day and over 96,300 meals a year, hire a qualified and experienced cook, and establish partnerships with food organizations for future wholesale options. The anticipated results on our residents will be profound. Along with the obvious health benefits, we anticipate increased engagement between residents, ending social isolation for many, and creating a greater overall sense of well-being.
The Strachan House Program will be tested over a three year period after which we plan to expand as an essential service within the Homes First organization. The Rotary and Tippet grant will serve as a catalyst to launch this initiative that is greatly needed by our residents, some of the most vulnerable people of Toronto.
For more information about Homes First contact: Shirlene Courtis CFRE firstname.lastname@example.org