2021 Statement Of Impact
A Message From Lauro Monteiro, Executive Director of Haven Toronto
I believe a year ago I wrote that we had never experienced a time in our 88-year history like 2020. We saw record numbers that year in terms of supports, including the most meals we’d ever served.
Well, to quote Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again in 2021.”
Following 2020’s record year in the face of a pandemic, instead of just holding down the fort or sitting on our hands, we took steps at Haven Toronto to improve the programs and supports that we provide elder men impacted by poverty, homelessness and isolation.
While helping more clients than ever, serving a record 108,000+ meals, and seeing mental health and addiction supports increase by 380% and 345%, respectively:
• we worked with community partners to provide weekly onsite vaccination clinics that continue to this day,
• we used the launch of ‘Walktober’, a new annual event, to raise awareness of the barriers elder homeless men face when attempting to access vital supports,
• we debuted a ‘Rent Support’ program that helps clients move into permanent housing, and
• we launched a ‘Foot Clinic’, a support critical to the immediate and long-term health and wellbeing of clients.
Going into 2021, we weren’t sure if we had the capacity or infrastructure to exceed 2020’s results. Expenses in 2021 spiked. For example, food costs were up 518%. However, we had the support of the community, of individual donors, foundations and corporations that made it possible for us to move the needle forward. For that we are truly grateful.