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Haven Toronto is a drop-in centre where elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men can feel safe, where they can form and cultivate friendships, and become part of a community.

Our VISION is a safe and just community in which elder homeless men have the opportunity to live a quality, dignified life.

Our MISSION is to be a national leader in services, programs and advocacy for elder homeless men.



Haven Toronto, formerly known as The Good Neighbours’ Club, was founded in 1933 during the Great Depression to help unemployed men. May Birchard, the founder, was a politician and anti-poverty activist. 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 in Canada focused on serving elder homeless men age 50 and over.

May Birchard. Founder of Haven Toronto. Helped homeless men in need.

May Birchard