Haven Toronto Adds Full-time Nurse To Onsite Services

For the first time since opening in 1933, Haven Toronto has a full-time nurse onsite. Barry Tierney joins Haven Toronto from Booth Supportive Services where he was the Community Case Manager. In addition to several hospital nursing roles, Barry has extensive experience working as Drug and Addiction Nurse in a methadone treatment program and as a clinical nurse in an Alcohol Response and Engagement Program.

The introduction of Barry Tierney is important to the services Haven Toronto provides clients. The drop-in centre is the only facility in Canada dedicated to serving elder men age 50+ impacted by poverty, homelessness and isolation.

Income has long been recognized as one of the most important determinants of health. People with higher incomes and higher socio-economic statuses tend to live longer, have lower rates of illness and injury, and are more likely to report that they have good or excellent health.

People living in poverty have a lower life expectancy and higher rates of illness across a wide spectrum of diseases. Poor health predisposes individuals and families to homelessness and homelessness exposes individuals and families to particular health problems.