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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


"Hope" @ Haven Toronto
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"If you don't have hope, what do you have?"



"Haven is a good name for it. That's what it is, a sanctuary. It doesn't matter if it's Christmas or Thanksgiving, you go by and it's open."


"There are an incredible amount of resources there. Meals for a buck. Clothing. Showers. A housing department. And front-line nurses."


"I started volunteering, helping out in the kitchen, to make me feel useful. It gave me a reason to get up in the morning."


"It's just a great place to go. It's like family. You walk in and you're greeted like a human being."

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Our Charity Number is 118941269RR0001.

Canada Revenue Agency Charity Information can be found here.

Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement

Privacy Policy

Haven Toronto is committed to value and protect the confidentiality of donors, volunteers, clients and staff. It does not sell, trade or rent your personal information. Haven Toronto protects your privacy and adheres to all legislation. Haven Toronto does not use telemarketers. The information you provide is used to process payments, issue tax receipts, keep you informed about upcoming news, events and volunteer activities and let you know how your donations are being used. If you would like to be removed from the Haven Toronto mailing list, please email your request to or call 416.366.5377. Further information on privacy and your rights in regard to your personal information may be found on the Privacy Commissioner of Canada website at

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