It’s a place that welcomes people who arestruggling with homelessness and poverty. Theycan stay for just a meal or they can access awider range of services that can help them meettheir basic needs and improve their lives.
The doors at the Good Shepherd Ministries areopen to everyone, although they are classifiedas a men’s shelter, they will feed and clotheanyone who walks through the door.
We believe that when thinking about families, men should not be excluded. These men may be fathers, brothers, husbands uncles and sons. Through drug couselling services, housing and the many other services this agency provides, they are equipping these men with the tools they need to get their lives back on track. Father Ed Keays plays a large role in helping these men get back in touch with their families and create a starting point for rebuilding relationships.
The Good Shepherd Ministries is affiliated with many other agencies that are equipped to house women and children such as Jessie’s Centre. They help connect these families with agencies that are able to offer a wider range of support and meet the needs of these families. They are also associated with The Toronto Children’s Aid Society and The Ontario Disability Support Program.
There are many private benefactors and sponsors that contribute to this agency. The Good Shepherd Ministries partners with the City of Toronto, Ministry of Health and Long term care, The Toronto Police, hospitals, Toronto Housing and many more.
Psychiatric disorders. Loss of income. Disability . Welfare. Alcoholism . Drug addiction . Marriage breakdown . Lone parenthood . Being a new immigrant or refugee. Loss of support such as foster care.
Food Addictions Counselors Shelter On site medical clinic Resettlement Program On site AIDS hospice (Housing) (Barret House) Housing for Seniors Social (St. Joseph’s workers/Caseworkers Residence) Pastoral Care Clothing
Services such as immediate shelter aretapered off after 14 days, however the agencyprovides ongoing support and housingarrangements s long as needed and helpspeople find resources in order to hopefullyassist them in enhancing their lives andescaping the vicious cycle of poverty.
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There are currently an estimated 250,000 people in Canada who are homeless. Poverty is one of the leading causes of homelessness. Not all homelessness is visible meaning that not everyone who is homeless is living on the streets, some live with friends, in their cars, shelters etc.
Chronic Homelessness refers to: long-term or repeated homelessness, often experienced by those with chronic illness or addiction problems; Cyclical homelessness, resulting from a change of circumstance, for example having been released from an institution; and Temporary homelessness, relatively short in duration, sometimes caused by natural disasters or a house fire.
This is a problem that Newcomers to Canada, spans all ages, all teenagers. races, all socioeconomic classes. This can happen to The people this agency ANYONE, so it is best sees include, men, to reserve making women, children, judgments and seniors, people who assumptions without are gay, transgendered knowing the facts.In reality…… We are ALL affected.
We can help this agency in many ways. This agency is always accepting volunteers and donations. Another way we can help is by organizing food and clothing drives.If you are interested in volunteering you can access this agency at :www.goodshepherd.ca
There are many underlying issues and simplyproviding shelter will not solve this problem.We as global citizens, need to createawareness and educate ourselves on themany contributing factors that createhomelessness and poverty. Through researchand awareness campaigns we may be able toreach some of the root causes and make adifference.