St. Simon’s Shelter has a rich history as the first “out of the Cold Shelter” in the City of Toronto providing emergency overnight accommodation for homeless males since 1990. Our program operated seasonally and was staffed exclusively by community volunteers.

With financial support provided by the City of Toronto, the shelter commenced ful-time, year-round operations in 2000 and is now a multi-service agency providing emergency shelter and programming support services for the most vulnerable, marginalized and at-risk members of our community today.

250,000 nights of accomodation

750,000 meals served

Based on the urgent and continued need for affordable, supportive and transitional housing, St. Simon’s Shelter has secured a building in our catchment area, for the purpose of providing supportive and transitional housing for 29 chronically homeless senior-aged shelter users.

As such, St. Simon’s Shelter is undertaking a capital campaign to raise the funds necessary to assist with the acquisition and projected building renovation costs. All units within the building will be rent-geared-to-income, and daily operating costs will be funded by the City of Toronto.

We invited and welcome any form of support from our community at large to assist St. Simon’s Shelter with our goal of 'providing a supportive housing platform and the tools necessary to achieve healthy independent living for those members of our community who contend with being chronically homeless through no fault of their own'.


6,000
different
service users
600
transitions to
permanent
housing

St. Simon's Shelter is dedicated to delivering quality shelter and support services to the homeless by providing a safe place for rest, counselling, guidance, community, education and development.

We strive to meet the diverse needs of those in the community whose life chances are lowered due to poverty, isolation, illness, discrimination, lack of education or homelessness.

We foster community-based, flexible programs that encourage self-development and sustainability, personal growth, cultural enrichment, racial harmony and economic security.

Our goal is to provide the tools necessary to achieve healthy independent living.

2000: Expanded operation to 16 hours a day, 7 days a week
1989
1990
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2008
2009
NOW

Laundry
and Linens

Social Recreation
and Education

Showers and
Personal Toiletries

Visiting Doctor
and Nurse


12 Step Meetings:
AA, NA

Counter Point Anger
Management

Housing Referral

Dental Assistance
Program
Staff

Bob Duff, Executive Director

Judy Simpson, Shelter Administrator

Steve WIlliams, Shift Supervisor

Dennis Holm, Shift Supervisor

Board of Directors

Dan McCormick, Chairman of the Board

Paul Faulkner, Vice-Chair

David Carrington, Treasurer

Jane Letton, Secretary

Robert Clubbe, Ex-officio Member and Founding Chair

Matt McNama, Director

Kathy Motton, Director

Zell Wear, Director

David A. Wilson, Director

Astrid Henninger, Director

Ex-officio Member - Bob Duff

Ex-officio Member - Marion Thompson

St. Simon’s Shelter

525 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 1J1


Adminstration
(416) 972-0627

Operations
(416) 925-7475

Fax
(416) 972-1886


General - stsimonsshelter@bellnet.ca

Executive Director - bobduff@bellnet.ca


Hours of Operation

Administration

8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday

Shelter Operations

4:30 pm to 8:30 am Daily