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Happy Leap Day!

February has come and gone but not before gifting us this extra day. The leap day is filled with unique traditions. We also hear various thoughts from “What are you doing with your extra day” to “February is short for a reason, bring on spring!” Regardless of where we land, the concept of the leap year reminds us we are […]

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Kindness is a Catalyst

World Kindness Day reminds us that kindness is more than a polite gesture; it’s a catalyst for bridging gaps and creating connections that are vital for the cultivation of peace. Kindness is uniquely universal. It crosses language, culture, and beliefs. It is something everyone understands and values. Whether it is a small or big gesture, it

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Let’s Celebrate: National Infection Control Week 2023

Theme: Unmasking the Future October 16-20, 2023 is National Infection Control Week. “Unmasking the Future’ pays ‘homage’ to the recovery from the pandemic. This theme identifies emerging from the mask that was synonymous with the pandemic, recognizing the learnings taken from the experience, and moving forward into the future. Infection prevention and control is the

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Truth & Reconciliation Day

Truth and Reconciliation Day reminds us of the historical injustices faced by Indigenous communities, injustices that birthed the beginnings of losing Home. As we approach this day of remembrance, reflection, and reconciliation, let us pause to acknowledge the complex intersectionality of faith, homelessness, and the ongoing journey toward healing, truth and reconciliation. Our mission implores

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“We Dare To Ask”

Today as the weather changed from sunny one minute to the blackest of clouds as a rain/hail/snow storm quickly rolled through, I was thinking about how this winter felt particularly long. When we found out it literally was the darkest winter in 80+ years, there was a collective sigh of relief that it didn’t just feel dark

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International Women’s Day

Mention homelessness and most Canadians think of a bundled man sleeping on a heating grate. The reality, however, is far more complex. Women experiencing homelessness are a particularly vulnerable group. On the streets, they are at great risk of physical, emotional and psychological harm. They live with higher rates of chronic health conditions, acute illness

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Decades of Dedication

After decades of dedicated service with The Salvation Army, Brenda Wootten and Neil Church have retired. They held integral roles at Toronto Housing & Homeless Supports, providing support to every aspect of the work we do for many, many years. Brenda Wootten’s first job with The Salvation Army was as a waitress at Scotian Glen Camp. Since

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Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! A friend of mine recently posted the following lyric from O Holy Night – “A Thrill of Hope the Weary World Rejoices”. Weary feels like the exact right word to describe how I feel as we come to the end of 2021 and I know that each of you

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Santa Shuffle 2021

It’s a VIRTUAL EVENT! Run, Walk or Shuffle on December 4 and December 5 anywhere, anytime. What It’s All About… All funds raised through this year’s Toronto Santa Shuffle will be going directly to The Salvation Army Gateway, a shelter and Drop-in center for individuals experiencing homelessness and marginalization. Although The Gateway’s programming and operations

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