The Rise Of COVID-19 And The Fall Of Our Community

It’s back-to-school time but it is most certainly not back to normal. Normal is long gone. This past Spring and Summer were like nothing we have ever seen before.

The novel coronavirus has exposed the severe vulnerabilities in the community that we serve.

Haven Toronto is open every day, all year, during which we are advocating on behalf of and providing support for thousands of elder men age 50-plus who are impacted by homelessness, isolation and poverty. This includes being open every day of the pandemic with added protocols to further protect clients and staff while delivering vital supports.

In mid-March of this year, as businesses and schools rapidly started closing and more and more people were being laid-off due to COVID-19, we wrote a letter to our supporters sharing with them our understanding if they needed to delay or pause donations to Haven Toronto. We did not want to contribute to the stress created by uncertainty in the economy. Reports suggest that 70% of charities will see a decrease in donations in 2020 due to the pandemic. Of those whom we wrote, 10% of monthly donors stopped or reduced their donation. For an organization that works to reduce poverty, we were happy to give our supporters one less thing to worry about.