From our Board Chair and Executive Director
Eva’s Initiatives for
To our staff, volunteers, donors, and community of supporters:
We are excited to share with you Eva’s latest Annual Impact Report.
Our theme this year is “Doing the work together.” We believe that everyone has a part to play in making a positive impact, just like Eva Smith did when she first started as an activist in Canada.
Thank you to our incredible community for doing the work together with us this year.
Heightened, more complex needs among youth experiencing homelessness
In 2021 – 22 the number of young people we served at Eva’s was lower than the year prior.
These decreases represent a trend in the youth shelter system, in which a lack of access to affordable housing, the higher cost of living, and more complex needs are resulting in more youth staying with us longer.
The average length of stay at our Satellite Hotel, one of our emergency shelter sites, is nine to 12 months. All of our sites are full each night, with occupancy rates averaging 98%.
373 at Place
84 at YOUth Belong
373 at Place
84 at YOUth Belong
“I know the history behind Eva Smith and her intentionality around serving Black youth. One of the main reasons we chose Eva’s [as our charitable recipient] was that we knew they were intentional about serving Black youth.”
— Breanna Phillip, Founder, Curlz and Convos
“I want other young people to know that you can turn your story around. There’s always hope.”
— Raiesa, former resident at Eva’s Satellite
Eva’s staff across our sites
Natalie, Program Facilitator at Eva’s Phoenix
Eva’s serves all youth using anti-Black racism and anti-oppression lenses, placing intentional emphasis on meeting the needs of Black youth. The social services sector has historically and continually underserved and marginalized Black youth.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work with social purpose service providers, and I value how Eva’s encircles young people with care at a critical moment in their lives. We all need to play our part in bolstering the next generation —they deserve and need it and we all benefit.”
— Andrea Gunraj, Vice President, Public Engagement, Canadian Women’s Foundation
“This past year, we started a mentorship program with Eva’s to create career opportunities for youth at Eva’s who have shown interest in our industry. We could not have successfully launched this program without the help of Eva’s, and we are excited to create more opportunities for other individuals moving forward.”
— Paul Jansen, President of Jancon
“Our vision is for individuals and communities to be healthy, confident, inspired, and successful. Eva’s shares our values and drives our mission forward by providing housing and wraparound support to many young people in Toronto and the GTA. Together, we are building healthy futures for youth.”
— Alyse Bernbaum, Executive Director, Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation
OUR VISION FOR THE
In spring 2023, Eva’s is embarking on a strategic planning exercise to guide the organization for the next several years.
This plan will honour the legacy of our founder, Eva Smith, and intentionally support the specific needs of Black youth experiencing homelessness.
Thank you for all you’ve done so far to help move this work forward. We’re excited to continue this work together.
If you would like to support us on this journey with a meaningful investment, please contact Cara Williams, Director of Development, at [email protected].
To our community of supporters including our corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors who have generously contributed to the work of Eva’s over the last year.