It is all-too-rare that we hear “good news” stories from Toronto’s vitally essential emergency homeless shelters system, but such stories are happening every day, even throughout high-risk, high-stress Covid pandemic times.
Here is one that actually rises out of unfortunate circumstances.
The St. Simon’s Shelter on Bloor East recently closed, permanently, but in a spirit of inspiring generosity the organization donated all of its bed linens to Gateway Linens, the industrial laundry social enterprise operated by The Salvation Army Toronto Housing & Homeless Supports. In turn, Gateway Linens laundered and catalogued all of the donated linens and made them available, free of charge, delivery included, to shelters and respites.
Within just a few days, linens had been distributed to a variety of emergency homeless shelters, respite sites and a residence supporting offenders returning to the community.
St. Simon’s and Gateway Linens – a perfect collaboration aiding those in need of support in our community.