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19 01, 2016

A Door to Opportunity

January 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. At 17, Mathew Brunning was alone, hungry and quickly running out of options. The place he had once called home was unstable; his mother struggled with mental-health issues and he constantly experienced her unpredictable bouts of anger. “When I was with my mom, the future looked dark,” he says. But, with his father in the hospital and no friends to stay with, Mathew was left with only one place to turn—the streets. Two years later, Mathew was well acquainted with the shelter system. Following [...]

1 12, 2015

Beyond Toronto’s borders, homeless means living in the woods

December 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Read the full article at CBC. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Vance Patterson knows the secret places where men who aren't ready to get help with their problems hide. He knows these desperate places, located in wooded areas outside Toronto, because he used to hide there as well. Patterson was part of the geographic shift of poverty and homelessness, moving out of the downtown core into the suburbs. As housing costs in Toronto drive people out to the suburbs, Newmarket, within commuting distance of Toronto, has become a hub of homelessness, but with few services to keep up with growing social problems. [...]

30 11, 2015

The hidden homeless in Toronto’s suburbs

November 30th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at CBC. Download the print-friendly PDF here. The geography of poverty in Toronto is changing. It is shifting from the downtown core to the suburbs. Ontario sees rise in seniors using food banks, report finds Toronto homeless routinely shelters at max capacity An inside look at the harsh realities of homelessness The Daily Bread Food Bank's latest report shows demand for food banks falling downtown and climbing — by 45 per cent since 2008 — in Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. Agencies are scrambling to meet the increased demand. Though the location is different, the human [...]

31 10, 2015

Hidden homelessness growing in York Region

October 31st, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at The Toronto Star. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Who could possibly be homeless in York Region? The vast area comprising nine municipalities north of Toronto appears to be a blueprint for suburban affluence; families live in large homes with two-car garages, grassy backyards and good schools and shopping just a short drive away. Dave Rogers was homeless in York Region. So were 30 other men who jammed Porter Place in East Gwillimbury — York Region’s only men’s shelter — to capacity the day Rogers showed up in the fall of 2010. Hooked on alcohol and [...]

30 09, 2015

Birthday Angels make sure children in shelters not forgotten

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at Download the print-friendly PDF here. Sometimes, we take for granted the simple things in life, such as a birthday party. Debora Taylor read a magazine article about a girl in the United States who had her first birthday party ever at a shelter, where an organization provided children forced to flee violent homes for safety with a birthday party. “I told myself I would love to get involved in something like that but I couldn’t find any similar organization in Canada.” That didn’t stop Taylor. She founded Birthday Angels in 2014. Originally from Bradford, [...]