Punks Get Generous

Every day we get new heartwarming surprises. In November, Eva’s generous supporters blew Giving Tuesday out of the water. We exceeded our fundraising goal for youth experiencing homelessness, and the winner of the private chef experience giveaway donated the prize back so we could keep raising critical funds to keep young people safe and warm. People are buying Eva’s Gift Catalogue presents to help young people and we’re doing even better than last year! And recently, hair stylist Em [...]

Punks Get Generous2018-12-26T09:35:23-05:00

Volunteer Spotlight: Shaun, Social Media Specialist

It’s International Volunteer Day and we need to extend a heartfelt thank you all our volunteers. We also want to extend a warm welcome to the new folks who have come on board with us too. Eva’s recently launched a revitalized volunteer program to better hook up community talents and passion with our goal to end youth homelessness. Volunteers have been so instrumental to us, helping with everything from meal preparation and facility maintenance to fundraising support, but we [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Shaun, Social Media Specialist2018-12-04T13:19:07-05:00

A Look at Harm Reduction on World Aids Day

Eva’s supports young people with a youth-centred harm reduction approach. Harm reduction is an effective health-oriented response. Choice, non-judgement, and non-coercion are its essential features in addition to pragmatism, humane values, and a focus on the harms. (CHRN, 2018) Many assume that harm reduction programs and strategies such as Needle Exchange Programs and Safe Injection sites encourage drug use. It’s important to see substances in a broader context to understand why this is such a damaging misconception. The reality [...]

A Look at Harm Reduction on World Aids Day2018-11-30T17:16:50-05:00

Message on the Shutdown of the Child Advocate’s Office

Message from Jocelyn Helland, Executive Director of Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth The Ontario Government’s November 15th repeal of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act and shutdown of the Ontario Child Advocate’s Office came as a shock. I am deeply concerned that young Ontarians who are already vulnerable will face further risks of abuse, neglect, and discrimination. This move means more young Ontarians will have to go to youth-serving homeless shelters for reprieve. When their foster, group [...]

Message on the Shutdown of the Child Advocate’s Office2018-11-26T14:20:02-05:00

Boxing at Eva’s Satellite

Today is RBC Sports Day and we want to highlight a unique recreational program for young people at Eva’s: boxing. It’s offered at Eva’s Satellite by Volunteer Instructor Earl “Nicky” Campbell. Boxing is an art form that offers young people a chance to be physically active and turn difficult or negative energies into positive energy. It is offered in the morning at Eva’s Satellite so young people can begin their day with an incredible cardio and strength-based workout. Dion, [...]

Boxing at Eva’s Satellite2018-11-21T14:20:20-05:00