About us

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.

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’.

332,630

NIGHTS OF ACCOMODATION

7,400

DIFFERENT SERVICE USERS

1,300,000

MEALS SERVED

770

TRANSITION TO PERMANENT
HOUSING

Our Mission

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.

Our History

Our Services

Laundry
and Linens
12 Step Meetings:
AA, NA
Social Recreation
And Education
Counter Point Anger
Management
Showers and
Personal Toiletries
Housing
Referral
On-Site
Doctor
Dental Assistance
Program

Events

Annual event updates coming soon

Our Team

Staff

Bob DuffExecutive Director

Lindsay MarshallShelter Administrator

Kevin DoveShelter Manager

Steve WilliamsShift Supervisor

Delroy WillisShift Supervisor

Staff

Dan McCormickChairman of the Board

Matt McNamaDirector

Bob DuffEx-officio Member

Paul FaulknerVice-Chair

Kathy MottonDirector

Marion ThompsonEx-officio Member

David CarringtonTreasurer

Zell WearDirector

Jane LettonSecretary

David A. WilsonDirector

Robert ClubbeEx-officio Member and Founding Chair

Astrid HenningerDirector

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

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