To Our Caring Eva’s Family,

‘Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.’
Josh Shipp
Youth Advocate

It is in times like these, that this quote by Josh Shipp is especially poignant. Each day at Eva’s our young people are surrounded by dedicated and passionate front-line staff, who encircle them and uplift them as they work to build brighter futures. But now more than ever, we realize that we cannot do this alone; that the caring adults our young people need extend beyond our shelter walls and into our community and larger Eva’s family.

As we do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, our upmost priority is always the youth we serve, their health and well-being and that of our staff.

With the ever-changing situation as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has been forced to make difficult decisions about the way we operate, in order to keep our facilities healthy.

We are working closely with the City of Toronto during this time and are taking direction from the City, Toronto Public Health and the Shelter, Support & Housing Administration working group.

We have adjusted our operational procedures with the help of our staff and have a cohesive plan of action to mitigate COVID-19 in our facilities.

Resources have been redirected to keep our Safe Shelter and Crisis Services operating at full capacity. We are providing food and shelter to 123 youth each night, but are already feeling the strain of a tight budget.

Eva’s staff are on the front-line, working hard and are the foundation that has allowed us to keep or doors open and facilities running during this time.

Staff must be supported to continue the work, but we need your help. This pandemic has just begun, and it is uncertain what to expect in the weeks and months to come.

In this period of uncertainty young people are depending on us, the caring adults in their lives, to protect and support them as they work towards building brighter futures.

Thank you all for your support.

Please stay connected with us.

Louise Smith
Interim Executive Director

Louise Smith, Interim Executive Director, Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth

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