December 13, 2017

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a cold weather alert as the temperature is forecast to reach -15 C or colder with a wind chill factor dropping it -20 C The Medical Officer recommends that people stay in as much as possible and check on vulnerable friends and family … but homeless youth often…

November 30, 2017

Almost 60% of homeless youth have reported having experience with the child welfare system. When a young person is apprehended from their caregivers by a Children’s Aid Society, they are promised a better place. Yet outcomes for these young people are not good, often including; unfinished schooling, unemployment, homelessness, incarceration, exacerbated mental health. A lot…

November 27, 2017

CYBER MONDAY SALE AT INCLUSIVE LOVE Use promo code SAFESHELTER to get a 15% discount on Inclusive Love merchandise. Proceeds will go toward Eva’s Giving Tuesday campaign to help youth experiencing homelessness! Browse Inclusive Love Merchandise Inclusive Love is an amazing supporter of youth at Eva’s. Founder Laura Hesp is joining in and helping us raise $15,000…

November 25, 2017

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence kicks off today on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the theme this year is “Leave No One Behind”. Women are twice as likely to be victims of family violence, and young women living on the streets are at a higher risk of…

November 13, 2017

Commit to Helping 15 Youth this November! Mark November 28: Giving Tuesday is just around the corner! Giving Tuesday is a global day to think of others. It’s a day dedicated to celebrating the power and spirit of giving. This year, if we can raise $15,000 by the end of Giving Tuesday, an anonymous donor…

October 24, 2017

We have a message for you from Taste Matters hosts, Julie & Lisa, sisters, authors and bloggers from BiteMeMore.com: Bite Me More is about bringing family and friends to the table with great food and laughter. And that’s exactly what we want to do at Eva’s Taste Matters! We’re proud to be supporting Eva’s at…

October 19, 2017

Hello, my name is Megan. My mom passed away from cancer when I was only twelve. I ended up moving around between extended family members, none of whom could offer the caring that I needed to process my grief and heal. I moved in with my siblings, who had taken care of me for a…

October 17, 2017

There was a time that people in Canada didn’t know about Poliovirus. All they saw were individuals, many of whom were children under five, struck with a recognizable collection of signs like muscle weakness, pain, and fever. In some cases, the sick children got better. In other cases, they died. And in rarer cases, they…

October 16, 2017

Food security is becoming a bigger issue for Canadians every day, and youth experiencing homelessness are no exception. 88%of homeless youth have reported making use of charitable food programs to get access to nutritious meals. Not having access to nutritious meals, especially in early life, can lead to long-term negative health outcomes. And yet, somehow,…

October 10, 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day, an important day for us to remember the close relationship between youth homelessness and mental health. When young people and their families do not get the services they need to manage their mental health challenges, their risk of becoming homeless increases. This is why accessible mental health services are…

September 29, 2017

In celebration of World Food Day, Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth and Mealshare are giving away two tickets for Eva’s Taste Matters. Mealshare turns dining out into helping out. All you have to do is go out for dinner! Order a Mealshare menu item at one of their partner restaurants in Toronto and post a…

September 10, 2017

When we talk about suicide, it’s important to begin from a place of understanding that suicide is a complex issue. When someone attempts to end their life, there is no tracing the experience back to any one cause. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. Not all those who attempt suicide are…

September 7, 2017

Your gift of $35, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford, provides homeless youth the support and assistance they need to succeed as productive, independent adults. I want to give now! Where does a young girl go when home is not an option? Some run away and live on the streets, desperately fleeing emotional and…

August 31, 2017

Overdose can affect anyone. According to the International Overdose Awareness Day website, ‘An overdose means having too much of a drug (or combination of drugs) for your body to be able to cope with.’ Many youths who come to Eva’s struggle with mental health and substance use. Homelessness is painful and traumatic, and research shows…

August 23, 2017

Recreational activities such as sports, art, camping, and games contribute to youth health, wellbeing, and self-confidence. Engaging in physical activity has also been shown to reduce the physiological response to stressful situations, improving the ability to cope. 53% of youth experiencing homelessness drop out of school, and that can mean losing access to opportunities for…

July 18, 2017

If universal and accessible childcare is such a powerful tool to reduce youth homelessness and the outcomes associated with it, why wouldn’t we prioritize it? The Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework was signed in June. It’s an eleven-year agreement that allocates federal government funds to provinces and territories for new childcare spaces, beginning…

June 13, 2017

Ramadan Mubarak! We’re in the heart of the month of Ramadan, a time of prayer, fasting, reflection, and community for many Muslims. Within youth-serving environments, there’s a lot we can do to take a proactive approach and better support young people who are observing Ramadan. It is critical that youth are not always required to…

May 25, 2017

“My ex was released from jail last week and he knows I’m here!” I remember the fear I felt sitting across from a young woman telling me that the man who had forced her into sex work and trafficking and had sexually and physically assaulted her many times had just been released from custody and…

May 8, 2017

Eva’s lives in a beautiful ecosystem of charities and charitable persons, but we don’t always have the opportunity to reach out to them and see what they’re doing to promote advocacy within their communities. Our thanks go out to everyone who took the time to participate and help spread the word. Lori Runciman Director of…

April 7, 2017

At Eva’s, mental health and access to services is challenge we witness youth struggling with every single day. There’s a growing awareness about the importance of mental health along with more investment in services. Yet this meaningful attempt to bring awareness often neglects the complex mental health needs and concerns of youth who are marginalized.…

March 16, 2017

You could call Genworth Canada a “Renaissance Supporter” of Eva’s because of the varied and essential services they support: Eva’s Independent Living Programming to help homeless youth build financial literacy skills and the ins and outs of getting and keeping housing. The new Genworth Canada Life Skills Education Centre at Eva’s Phoenix, our transitional housing…

March 7, 2017

It’s grey, soggy, and chilly in Toronto – an ideal day to experience a fraction of what a young person experiencing homelessness might go through. Today is Eva’s annual Walk for Homeless Youth (#WHY17), a 500-student strong event that aims to raise awareness about youth homelessness and raise funds for safe shelter, nutritious food, and…

February 19, 2017

A holiday set aside to celebrate family is a tough moment for many of the 2,000 young Torontonians in homeless shelters and transitional houses. The reality is that “family” is a loaded, thorny term. For some of us, it’s associated with positive things: belonging, love, safety, connection. For others, their families may not be supportive…

February 15, 2017

“It is such a privilege to be, in many ways, invited into journeys with family and with youth.” Nancy Abrams is Manager of Eva’s Family Reconnect Program and has been with the organization for fifteen years. She’s passionate as ever. “It is such a privilege to be, in many ways, invited into journeys with family…

January 25, 2017

Mardi Daley first came across LOFT Community Services, a Toronto-based organization that supports youth, adults and seniors, as she sought services herself. She soon became a Peer Support Worker to provide care and mentorship to youth dealing with housing, mental health, and substance use matters. “I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if they had given…

January 18, 2017

It’s no shock. Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as 2016’s Word of the Year. These days, it seems that emotions and perceptions may sway public opinion more than facts. But, in many ways, it isn’t new. Assumptions and misunderstandings have always been something to contend with when it comes to issues like youth homelessness. We can…

January 17, 2017

Access to increased income would help youth get and keep housing. But we have to do more because homelessness for youth looks different. Discussions about implementing a new housing benefit to support Canadians with low income are happening in the wake of the Canadian National Housing Strategy (Jordan Press, 2017, Federal government looks at creating…

January 5, 2017

Aimee recently won Eva’s Anti-Oppression Award. Aimee Le Lagadec is a housing support worker at Eva’s. Housing support workers assist homeless youth in preparing for independent living, providing counselling and support and helping youth identify housing goals and access stable, long-term housing. Aimee won Eva’s recent Anti-Oppression Award. She recalls a time she accompanied a…

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