There are simply too many people in the shelters. What can be done to help them?
By spending a night in the cold, Tanya Wiles-Bell hopes to bridge a generational gap in her church community while raising awareness about homelessness.
Patrick Sullivan dedicates his life to raising awareness about marginalized people to students and youth in the GTA through his business Bridges for Youth 2. His business, Bridges for Youth 2, operates out of Sanctuary, a church on Charles Street with a unique way of carrying out their mission to help Toronto’s poor.
It’s the holiday season and the homeless shelter at Yonge and Sheppard is eerily empty. The majority of the women and girls who usually populate the YWCA have left to join their families. Except for Elisheva Passarello. She walks the halls by herself once again; it has been five years since she has seen her son, let alone spent a holiday with him.
“What was hard was homeless people often have someone; I had no one, not even my own son,” Passarello said. “What’s more difficult was that he didn’t have me.”
Don’t be surprised if you get a sense of déjà vu as the mayor and Toronto city council wrap up the budget for 2017, this week. City council finalized the budget during a meeting scheduled for Feb. 14-15. On the chopping block for budget reductions are popular public services such as library hours, childcare and the potential closing of a men’s shelter in North York for people addressing substance-abuse. They’ve all faced similar threatened cuts in previous years.
Looking for ways to give back this holiday season? Here are some great ways to do it.