Street Outreach Mission & History
Over the past 14 years this grassroots community organization has grown from a small but dynamic group of concerned community residents to a thriving, vibrant neighbourhood centre. Their programs reflect their ability to respond to the needs of their community.
Unfortunately homelessness and poverty is still an issue present in many of Toronto's neighbourhoods. The community that the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre services is no exception. A wide range of services for the homeless population have been developed. This includes a 45 bed Out-of-the Cold program run on behalf of the City of Toronto and more recently the addition of a twenty bed program for women. The centre also provides a warm and welcoming environment for homeless people looking for support and assistance with problems that they encounter in their daily lives.
As part of our services for our area we also have our Street Outreach Team. In a collaborative effort with The City of Toronto, Street Helpline and other downtown social service agencies this program provides essential transportation for people who are homeless in Toronto's West End.
The program employs two full-time workers and relief staff who work diligently to assist our most vulnerable comunity members in connecting with shelters, finding support and exploring sustainable alternatives to homelessness.