From streets to Sanctuary

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.

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Putting a face on voicelessness

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.”