The Women Behind Haven Toronto: Elaine Muller, Volunteer
In her own words: When I worked for the Toronto Star, a colleague of mine was a friend of a member of the board at The Good Neighbours’ Club. Together, we helped at the annual Christmas party. Through this experience, I learned about the important work of Haven Toronto and started donating money, primarily at Christmas.
Since retiring, I have volunteered with various charities. When I realized that volunteer positions existed at Haven Toronto, I thought this might be my terrific match.
Haven Toronto respects the homeless
and makes them feel that they belong.
I like the people at Haven Toronto. By ‘the people’ I mean everyone - the people who work at Haven Toronto, my colleague in the clothing room, and the guys who come for warmth and friendship.
The one-on-one relationship that you can build with the clients is very important. I have had terrific conversations with clients, especially about art therapy. I am very interested in art therapy and was pleasantly surprised to learn of art programs for clients as part of the social inclusion at Haven Toronto.
It is reassuring to see how Haven Toronto provides clients with a welcoming, safe place to come and relax. Here they can make friends, get assistance, and receive meals and clothing. Mostly importantly, Haven Toronto is a place that respects the homeless and makes them feel that they belong.