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’.
NIGHTS OF ACCOMODATION
DIFFERENT SERVICE USERS
TRANSITION TO PERMANENT
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.
‘It’s people who have fallen on hard times, got divorced, lost their jobs, got a work injury’
A chat with some of the men who use the shelter system about what life is like these days.
Improvements to the shelter system have made life harder for those who need a bed.
Bob DuffExecutive Director
Lindsay MarshallShelter Administrator
Kevin DoveShelter Manager
Steve WilliamsShift Supervisor
Mojdeh KhanAssistant Manager
Dan McCormickChairman of the Board
Bob DuffEx-officio Member
David A. WilsonDirector
Robert ClubbeEx-officio Member and Founding Chair
525 Bloor Street East
8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday
4:30 pm to 8:30 am Daily