Haven Toronto, formerly known as The Good Neighbours’ Club, was founded in Winnipeg in 1933 during the great depression to help unemployed men. May Birchard, the founder, was a politician and anti-poverty activist. She opened a new chapter of the club when she moved to Toronto. Haven Toronto has had a storied history and has played an integral role in helping elder homeless men in need. In fact, the agency is the only organization focused on elder homeless men (men 50 and over) in Canada.
In Toronto, there are almost 3,000 men over the age of 50 years old in homeless emergency shelters annually. Many hundreds more sleep outdoors and in other precarious accommodations. The number of seniors who are homeless has doubled in four years. Haven Toronto is their sanctuary, a place where they can feel at home, where they are always welcome and treated with dignity and respect.
Open 8am to 5pm, 365 days a year, Haven Toronto provides the essential services they need for their day-to-day lives.
Haven Toronto provides access to healthy and affordable meals, laundry facilities, clothing, recreational amenities, showers, computers and phone services and messages. In addition, a mailing address, counselling and basic medical services are offered to help clients with any challenges and difficulties.