Jan17ThuShelter fills a gap in service for those facing homelessness. January 17, 2019 by June Li
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In December, The Salvation Army opened the doors of a new seniors’ shelter in North Etobicoke, Ont. Though renovations are still underway, the shelter currently has 45 shelter beds available for seniors experiencing homelessness. With roughly 20 to 22 per cent of people who access emergency shelters being 55 years of age or older, this shelter will provide a much-needed service.
In addition to the on-site clinic that will be available after renovations, The Salvation Army will be partnering with community health centres, care providers and clinics in the community to meet any health needs an individual might have.
“While we are able to provide some level of care and programs according to their needs as seniors, our goal is to concentrate more on the population, to be able to provide better programs and better supports for seniors, specifically,” says Bradley Harris, executive director of The Salvation Army’s Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports.
Though the shelter is providing a warm bed, fresh meals daily, spiritual care and medical assistance, Harris explains that their focus will be on the client’s needs beyond the shelter. Whether it is helping them find sustainable housing, securing long-term care, or reconnecting them with their loved ones, The Salvation Army is there to walk alongside their clients throughout their whole journey.
As of the first week of January, the shelter has reached its capacity of 45 residents. When renovations are completed later this year, the shelter will house a total of 90 beds.
To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports, please visit their website here.