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Supporting the intersecting identities of youth through housing

Every night, more than 6,000 young people experience homelessness across Canada. For the youth we serve, leaving home is not an impulsive decision. “There is an idea out there that youth can just go back home, but a lot of youth are leaving unsafe conditions,” says David Channer, Program Manager for YOUth Belong Scattered Sites. More than half of homeless youth report that violence in the home has contributed to their homelessness. And 58 per cent of homeless youth [...]

Supporting the intersecting identities of youth through housing2022-04-27T11:58:37-04:00

Emergency-based shelter programs: Helping youth find their own path out of homelessness

For youth experiencing homelessness, the journey from chaos and crisis to stability often starts at one of Eva’s emergency shelter sites. At both Eva’s Place and Eva’s Satellite Hotel, youth receive immediate programming support day and night from our expert staff. “The shelter is not the final destination for young people,” reflects Sophia Smith, Youth Support Worker. “It’s just where they’re at now.” Our emergency-based shelter programs offer a safe and reliable environment for youth in need. We meet [...]

Emergency-based shelter programs: Helping youth find their own path out of homelessness2022-04-27T11:53:33-04:00

Employment and training help pave the path to self-sufficiency

Eva’s Employment and Training program provides youth with the skills and support to gain training, experience, and a stable income. The goal of the program is to enable young people to actualize their potential and lead productive, self-sufficient lives. The Employment and Training program follows a strengths-focused, skills-based strategy. “Knowledge is power; the more knowledge youth get, the more confident they become,” explains Donna Lee Marshall, Employment Advisor and Facilitator in Eva’s Youth Succeeding in Employment Program (YSEP). The [...]

Employment and training help pave the path to self-sufficiency2022-04-27T11:42:00-04:00

Eva’s a key part of Cadillac Fairview’s philanthropic strategy

Cadillac Fairview cares about the communities it serves. In fact, that’s one of the defining characteristics of the commercial real estate company, says their Director of Brand, Patricia Ing. “Our purpose, ‘transforming communities for a vibrant tomorrow’, has been a guiding light for us for many years. We believe that human connection is at the core of individual and societal health and well-being, and we take pride in supporting organizations that share similar values and beliefs.” For more than [...]

Eva’s a key part of Cadillac Fairview’s philanthropic strategy2022-04-27T12:24:14-04:00

A message from Eva Smith’s family

Team, 2021 was a challenge nobody could have predicted, but it was a position to have action taken upon it. Throughout the pandemic, the mission and goal continue to remain crystal clear in being the change we wish to see. In support of the Greater Toronto Area, Eva’s continues to be a leader in what it means to truly give at-risk youth a chance to be great once again. In doing so, please see the following as an in-depth [...]

A message from Eva Smith’s family2022-04-27T11:20:22-04:00

A message from our Executive Director

To our staff, volunteers, donors, and community of supporters: Our 2020-21 fiscal year was a challenging one, but it was also a time of positive momentum for our organization. I had the pleasure of leading Eva’s this past year as the interim Executive Director, and formally assumed the role of Executive Director in September 2021. This year, we prioritized meeting the heightened needs of young people experiencing homelessness while keeping our staff safe. We also continued to move forward [...]

A message from our Executive Director2022-04-28T16:42:46-04:00

A message from our Board Co-chairs

To our community of supporters: As the pandemic continued into 2021, we saw Eva’s staff continue to rise up and support young people when they needed it most. At the Board level, we continued focusing on our equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) goals and led the appointment of Eva’s Executive Director. Equity at the Board level In June 2019, we began to diversify the Board of Directors gradually and intentionally, with the recruitment of new Board members. These recruitment [...]

A message from our Board Co-chairs2022-04-27T13:32:26-04:00

Family Reconnect: Building bridges out of homelessness

Eva’s Family Reconnect program helps prevent the cycle of youth homelessness. By building bridges to reconnect youth to themselves, their families (immediate or chosen), and their communities, our program helps young people re-establish, keep, and expand healthy and supportive relationships. Family Reconnect offers a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach, recognizing the trauma young people have experienced and how it impacts their behaviour and actions. Through coping mechanisms, family counselling, community connections, and skill-based training, we help youth decide how they [...]

Family Reconnect: Building bridges out of homelessness2022-04-27T11:29:11-04:00

Temporary relocation of Eva’s emergency shelter and Satellite harm reduction program

We have made the decision to relocate two of our sites to a new location downtown. Our COVID-19 Hotel and Satellite programs will be moving to a new location at 92 Peter Street.   The staff and residents of Eva’s temporary COVID-19 Hotel program relocated on Monday, November 29. Eva’s emergency shelter and harm reduction program at Satellite is temporarily relocating effective December 6, 2021.  We're very excited to be co-located with other youth-serving agencies at the new hotel site. The youth we serve will continue to receive harm reduction and other wraparound supports in [...]

Temporary relocation of Eva’s emergency shelter and Satellite harm reduction program2021-12-06T11:42:19-05:00

Announcement of Eva’s new Executive Director, Board Chair and Vice Chair

As we enter a new fiscal year at Eva’s, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce an important milestone at Eva’s Initiatives: an organizational leadership update. Today we are pleased to announce our decision to appoint Louise Smith as Eva's Executive Director, Aisha Francis as Chair of the Eva’s Board and Jessica Hardy-Henry as Vice Chair.  The Executive Director Appointment  Louise joined Eva’s in 2019. She comes to the organization with 20 years of experience working with youth in the non-profit sector, having spent [...]

Announcement of Eva’s new Executive Director, Board Chair and Vice Chair2021-10-06T16:51:54-04:00

Prioritizing Black Mental Health

Written by Audrey Taylor, Clinical Lead, Family Reconnect History tells us of our past and provides important lessons for our future. While the knowledge of and the study of the past is important, as it is the story of who we are, where we come from, and can potentially reveal where we are heading. Having good mental health is essential for all of us in understanding ourselves and world around us. Good mental health is as essential as the [...]

Prioritizing Black Mental Health2021-11-05T14:36:49-04:00

Mapping Black Futures

Mapping Black Futures is an interactive resource and story-mapping project, embedded in local Black geographies, and created for and by self-identified Black nonbinary youth and young women from across the GTA. Through this project, participants have built and curated a living community archive of places, events, and memories that are meaningful to them and their communities. Using open source mapping software and composed of a mixture of archival and original materials, Mapping Black Futures is a unique experiment in [...]

Mapping Black Futures2021-02-25T15:46:43-05:00