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'.
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.
Bob Duff, Executive Director
Judy Simpson, Shelter Administrator
Steve WIlliams, Shift Supervisor
Dennis Holm, Shift Supervisor
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
Hours of Operation
8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday
4:30 pm to 8:30 am Daily