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ANNUAL REPORT 2010


EVA’S FOUNDERS

Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation


ANNUAL REPORT 2010 Table of Contents About Us

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Message from the Executive Director

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Who We Are

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Prevention

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Emergency Care

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Transition

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Social Enterprise

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Young at Heart Awards

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Volunteers

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Financials

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Circle of Support

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Looking Ahead

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215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 370 Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7 T: 416.977.4497 | E: info@evas.ca

www.evasinitiatives.com


EVA’S INITIATIVES

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We work with homeless and at-risk youth to get them off the streets permanently. Eva’s shelters provide homeless youth with emergency and transitional housing, harm reduction services to address drug and alcohol use, counselling, employment and training programs, housing support and services to reconnect youth with their families. Each year Eva’s helps over 2,300 homeless and at-risk youth. Our Mission To work collaboratively with homeless and at-risk youth to help them reach their potential to lead productive, selfsufficient and healthy lives by providing safe shelter and a range of services. We create long-term solutions for homeless youth by developing and implementing proactive and progressive services.


message from the

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND PRESIDENT As I think about what stands out from 2010, it is hard to determine. In a year full of great achievements how does one decide where to begin? Meeting Sir Richard Branson and advancing our partnership with Virgin Unite was a significant achievement and having the opportunity to give him a tour of Phoenix was certainly a highlight. Being able to convey the importance of the work we do at Eva’s and to broaden our relationship with Virgin Unite with a defined focus on tackling youth homelessness on a national level, were, without a doubt, important moments in 2010. Officially opening the Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre and having Buzz Hargrove, CAW President Ken Lewenza and Gerry Schwartz on-hand for the celebrations was very exciting. I was thrilled to see so many of our donors and volunteers at the opening so we could show people first-hand the great work they are supporting. If you were unable to attend, I invite you to come and see for yourself: the expanded Print Shop, computer lab, employment training and counselling centre, and bright new class rooms. Combine this fantastic new space with Eva’s well trained, committed and caring staff, and our youth now have an even greater chance at succeeding in the years ahead. 4


Going to St. John’s Newfoundland for the official opening of Choices for Youth’s Lily Building was a truly exciting and emotional time. To see a replication of Eva’s Phoenix open almost 3,000 kilometres from downtown Toronto; to know that what we built and have learned over the past ten years were there in bricks and mortar on the shores of the Atlantic poised to help hundreds more youth made me very proud indeed. But I must say that when I recall the past year at Eva’s, I think of our youth. I don’t get as many opportunities as once did to chat with the young people who come through our doors, but when I do their stories always inspire and motivate me. The letters and emails we get from those who are now adults allows us to bear witness to the incredible changes that have occurred in their lives, and to share in their ongoing achievements. Stephen, a young man who beat his addiction and trained and served in the Canadian Armed Forces for three years has his own home and is now married with a child of his own on the way. Ellie, who is completing her second year at McGill and who spent her summer volunteering in Africa, and Wanda, who successfully completed her second year of law school – are all proof of what is possible. They are who you are supporting. Thank you!

Maria Crawford, Executive Director

Heather Brown, Board President


who

WE ARE

STAFF

BOARD

Maria Crawford Executive Director

David St. Amand Past President

Clovis Grant General Manager, Eva’s Place and Eva’s Satellite

Heather Brown President

Andrew Macdonald General Manager, Eva’s Phoenix Rachel Gray Director of National Initiatives Althea Whyte Director of Finance Marie MacCormack Director of Development Suzanne Marion Director of Human Resources

Patricia Gloudon Adrian Ishak Robert Mongeau

Rob Myers Vice President

Jennifer Ocampo-King

David Robertson Treasurer

Karam Rai

Jeff Lewis Secretary Tyler Barrack Debbie Boukydis Maya Dansereau

Colin Phillips

David Shiner Emree Siafoff Ed Smith Honourary Edeva Smith Honourary

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Eva Smith was a community outreach worker and counsellor who knew and understood people in despair, particularly youth. She was a woman of action, determination and persistence. In 1987, she helped to found the North York Emergency Home for Youth. Her work and advocacy resulted in the construction of our first shelter, Eva’s Place, which was named in her honour. Eva Smith’s mission was to use her skills and her knowledge of how the social services system works to help people find solutions to their problems. As our organization continues to grow and provide innovative approaches to meet the everchanging needs of homeless youth, Eva’s Initiatives and the work we do stands as a proud tribute to her vision and pioneering work with homeless youth.


PREVENTION

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Prevention programs, including family counselling and support for the development of healthy family relations, can stop homelessness before it happens. Such interventions, which cost about $7,000 a year per youth, make better financial sense than putting a young person in a shelter for a year at a cost of more than $28,000 or leaving them on the streets which can have a cumulative social and health services cost exceeding $48,000/year.

Family Matters Eva’s Family Reconnect Program works with homeless and at-risk youth interested in addressing conflict with their families. The goal of the program is to address the root cause of the conflict and provide resources to youth and families while ensuring their safety. One component of the program focuses on providing counselling and support to families in crisis, critical to preventing family breakdown and helping families keep youth at home. If no family or safe home environment is available, staff help youth learn to live confidently and productively in their community. In 2010, the total savings to the shelter system because of the work of the Family Reconnect Program and their ability to either prevent youth from entering shelters or reconnect them with family was $363,271.50.

Learning and Sharing Eva’s National Initiatives Program is a unique, collaborative program addressing youth homelessness. This program builds on community responses; strengthens networks and partnerships; and promotes the sharing of innovative, creative responses. It is currently the only national program addressing youth homelessness in Canada. Every year Eva’s National Initiatives Program recognizes three outstanding organizations and their innovative and effective work helping homeless and at-risk youth. 2010 winners are: • The Street Youth Planning Collaborative ~ Hamilton • Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary for The Infinity Project ~ Calgary • Covenant House Vancouver & The Inner City Youth Mental Health Project ~ Vancouver, BC


DAVID

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When David arrived at Eva’s Place, he was frightened and confused. Despite being escorted by his family, David felt alone. A Family Intervention Counsellor met with them immediately to assess the situation. In a fit of rage David hurt his father. He was charged with assault, and was restricted from being in the same room with his father. So the counsellor had to meet with David and his family separately. Imagine a world where you feel isolated, controlled, and made to feel incapable. This was how David felt. In contrast, his parents were deeply concerned about David’s outbursts, so they requested he see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist found David did not have a mental illness but that his ADD was triggered by the family environment. This explained why David did not act out in school, or in the shelter. Counselling was now taken more seriously by the family. For the first time, the family was able to express their feelings to one another openly. David apologized to his father, and began to clearly state his perspective to his parents. In therapy the family worked on rebuilding the father-son bond while allowing David to make his own decisions. David was recently accepted into college, was allowed to return home, and David and family continue to attend counselling.


EMERGENCY CARE

Shelter Eva’s Place, a 32-bed emergency shelter, is often the first stop for homeless youth. Typically the residents at Place are young (average age - 17½), unemployable and lacking resources to live independently. For many of them, returning home is a viable option. It takes counselling, support and a mechanism in place to address the underlying issues that forced them onto the streets in the first place. Eva’s Satellite was the first youth shelter in Canada for homeless and at-risk youth who use drugs and alcohol. Operating from a Harm Reduction perspective, it provides emergency shelter for up to 32 youth each night who may have lost access to other shelters and services due to behavioural problems or substance use. Often Satellite is a pivotal turning point in the lives of a hard-to-serve street youth population. In 2010, Place and Satellite provided emergency shelter to 1,835 youth.

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Harm Reduction Eva’s Harm Reduction Program is a pragmatic approach to addressing physical, social and economic harm caused to individuals and communities by substance use. In 2010 Eva’s launched YARD (Youth Action to Reduce Drug Use), a 3-year, substance use reduction project. It focuses on providing healthy recreation alternatives to reduce illicit drug and alcohol use and help youth develop a sense of self-worth, coping skills and healthy lifestyle choices.

Recreation Eva’s Recreation program exposes youth to a range of positive sport and recreational activities in a safe, non-judgmental environment with role models youth trust. Staff use recreational activities in informal settings to talk about counselling/treatment opportunities, lifestyle changes and healthy living options. Since the program was launched in 2009, there have been fewer disputes among residents and a noticeable increase in youth participation in programming, group activities and events. Upon arrival at Eva’s, 85% of youth indicated they were not engaged in any physical activities. Of those who stayed at Eva’s in 2010: • 510 participated in sports activities • 30 got involved in regular gardening • 14 challenged themselves by going camping • 10 went white-water rafting for the first time • 15 organized and participated in a community clean-up • 12 enrolled in and completed a demanding fitness course

Health Care The Clinic is part of Eva’s overall Health and Wellness Program. It provides low barrier health services for the youth who reside in our shelters. Staffed by a Psychiatrist and Family Physician, the clinic provides diagnoses and treatment for mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and psychosis; and general health concerns such as skin rashes, colds and flu’s, injuries and sexually transmitted infections. Prevention strategies include group education sessions on sexual and reproductive health and blood and urine tests to screen for sexually transmitted and blood borne infections. In 2010, there were approximately 200 psychiatric care visits and 300 medical visits.


JACKIE

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Jackie is homeless, 19 years old and suffers from mental illness. After being kicked out of her foster home in Kingston she got on a bus to Toronto. Confused and alone she didn’t know where to turn. Jackie arrived at Eva’s Satellite last July. For her, like many new residents, the shelter was just a bed and a meal; respite from the streets. Weeks passed. With gentle and regular encouragement from Eva’s staff Jackie agreed to join the peer mentorship group. The peer program gave her the chance to get involved with other residents. Jackie blossomed under the responsibility and developed as a leader. Her self-confidence grew. She was given a position supervising the Resource Centre at Satellite. Things were looking up. Despite all this, Jackie still struggled. The voices in her head were growing louder. Fortunately, she was able to access Satellite’s in-house clinic with a doctor and psychiatrist. Jackie was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder and prescribed the appropriate medication. Jackie is now able to continue her progress and build upon her achievements. Jackie has hope for her future.


TRANSITION

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Eva’s Phoenix houses 50 youth for up to one year in townhouse-style units. In addition to long-term housing, what sets Phoenix apart is its innovative partnership-based employment programs – supported by life skills and mentorship programs. In 2010, Phoenix provided transitional shelter to 154 youth.

Grand Opening In 2010 Eva’s opened the Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre beside Phoenix. The Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre will provide focused career training and the support that is essential for long-term self-sufficiency in employment and housing. It is now home to two long standing and successful programs: the CAW Technology Training Program and the Eva’s Print Shop. Here youth will learn many of the employment and basic life skills necessary to find and maintain independent housing and meaningful employment.

Life Skills Life skills prepare homeless youth to live independently in the community. In 2010, 170 youth participated in workshops in: Self-Care, Laundry basics, Budgeting and Banking, Nutrition, Cooking on a budget, Conflict Resolution, Access to Legal Aid, Renters Rights and Responsibilities, How to dress for work, How to Find Housing, and Healthy Relationships. In 2010 a Women’s Group was formed and members completed a series of 8 workshops on female-specific issues.

Mentorship to Leadership The Mentorship Program provides youth with the experience, motivation and confidence to help them cope with incredible challenges in their lives. As their self-esteem grows, they start to value themselves, feel more secure, form honest, open relationships, and become more resilient and able to weather stress and setbacks. In 2010, youth and volunteers from SKETCH worked for six months creating a mural on the fence at Phoenix. 12 youth challenged themselves and each other in a demanding Health and Fitness Training Course with Crossfit. 10 youth completed a 2 month catering project and 5 youth planned and organized Eva’s annual Young at Heart event.


GABRIELA

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Gabriela entered the shelter system when her family left her to fend for herself after they moved to Vancouver. They did not agree with her decision to drop out of school, take drugs and hang out with what they considered to be a ‘bad crowd’. Gabriela was 18 when she arrived at Phoenix. During her stay, she worked part-time and finished high school. Gabriela says, “Living at Phoenix made it easier to finish high school. There were not as many distractions. The atmosphere allowed me to focus on my goals.” After she received her high school diploma, Gabriela turned to the Phoenix counselling staff for help getting into university. She is now at the University of Toronto majoring in Psychology with minors in Religion and Philosophy. She wants to pursue a Masters in Social Work. Even though Gabriela has left the shelter, she continues to be connected to the Phoenix community as a peer mentor. A few years ago, she chaired the Phoenix Residents’ Governance Committee. Peer mentors are past residents or program participants who have completed Phoenix Housing and Employment programs. They help youth adjust to life at Phoenix and make the successful transition to sustainable housing and employment opportunities.


social enterprise

THE PRINT SHOP

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Eva’s Print Shop is a socially and environmentally responsible commercial printer that operates an award winning training program offering at-risk youth excellent opportunities to achieve productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives. With a 16% increase in sales, 2010 was another great year for The Print Shop. Because of the move into the new 6,000 square foot facility in the Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre, the Print Shop now has a street presence, room for future growth and space for improved training experiences for the youth. The Print Shop is a “2010 Recommended Social Enterprise” by Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci) for a second year in a row! To find excellence, Ci researches and assess charities far beyond their numbers. They look for transparency and accountability, a compelling business model and a demonstrated social impact. At the Print Shop’s 2010 Graduation Ceremony 38 youth received graduation certificates, scholarship awards and prizes for the 2010 Design Competition.

Eva’s Initiatives is a Charity Intelligence Recommended Charity and The Print Shop a Recommended Social Enterprise


MICHAEL

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After leaving a difficult family situation I found myself alone and homeless in a new city. I couldn’t hold down a job for more than a few months. I got tired of work that lead nowhere. So finally I asked my employment counsellor for something that would help me get a longterm career, instead of seasonal jobs. She gave me a brochure about Eva’s Print Shop Training Program. I automatically thought ‘I want to do this program’. So I called the number on the flyer and scheduled a job shadow session to make sure this was the right program for me. After seeing the space and meeting the staff, I applied and was accepted. At the same time, I moved in to Phoenix. I needed a place to live that was stable. I was able to make friends and gain life skills that help me live independently. The Print Shop Training Program helped me in a lot of ways. The program itself was awesome thanks to the great instructor. I learned real skills that are needed to find work and keep it. During the training, I worked with the commercial team to learn more from them and soak up as much information as possible. I did so well, that I was selected from the group to work with the commercial team as a Senior Trainee after my session ended. The Senior Trainee is a paid position that allowed me to improve my skills and to start saving money. The Print Shop connected me to a web printer where I now work as a pressman assistant. In this new role I am responsible for refilling inks, maintaining a clean workspace, and operating a stacking machine among other things. If you don’t know much about print, believe me that it keeps me very busy and helps me gain new skills so I can further my career in print. Now that I’m working, I’m saving as much money as possible. I plan on moving out of Phoenix this September. I know that because of everything I have learned from the housing team and the Print Shop Training Program, I am going to have a successful career in print. Thank you for helping me along the way.


2010 awards

YOUNG AT HEART

YOUTH GOLD HEART AWARD is given annual to three youth for overcoming personal challenges and working to help others in the community – one youth from each of Eva’s shelters. WINNERS William LaRoche, Phoenix Nicolas McLeish, Satellite Eva Mathurin & Aaliyah DSahir, Place

BIG HEART AWARD is given annually to community groups or organizations for making a significant contribution of time and resources to Eva’s through volunteerism and/or financial support. WINNERS Friends of Stanley Park Dave Grant, Community Leader Inner City Health Associates Dr. Gabrielle Ledger & Dr. Toni Wertman Temple Immanuel

HEART & SOUL VOLUNTEER AWARD is given annually to an outstanding volunteer for providing opportunities for youth, advocating on behalf of Eva’s and donating service hours to Eva’s. WINNER Jessie Kaur, Place and Home For Life committee volunteer 24


Eva’s Young at Heart Awards are presented annually to recognize and honour the achievements of Eva’s Initiatives youth, volunteers and donors. If you would like to discuss the possibility of establishing a bursary at Eva’s for a youth in honour or in memory of a loved one please contact our Development Office at (416) 977-4497.

PLATINUM HEART AWARD is given annually to an outstanding organization for making a significant contribution in cash or in-kind, participating in events and having staff/members volunteer for Eva’s. WINNERS Enbridge Gas Canadian Tire Jumpstart

RUBY HEART AWARD is given annually to an individual Eva’s supporter for making a significant donations, facilitating donations from others, participating in events and volunteering for Eva’s. WINNERS Ian & Linda Somerville

2010 BURSARY WINNERS - Eva’s is honoured to be able to provide modest financial assistance to youth who are furthering their study or training in their chosen discipline through individual and family bursaries. WINNERS Jennifer McMath ~ Richard B. Lax Education Bursary Eva Mathurin ~ Richard B. Lax Education Bursary Jenn Downton ~ Nancy Abrams Family Bursary Chelsee Livingston ~ Jim Fay Music Bursary William Laroche ~ Buzz Hargrove Youth Achievement Award


VOLUNTEERS

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Eva’s benefits from the hard work and dedication of its volunteers who devote their valuable time helping us create opportunities for our youth that would otherwise not be possible. Our sincere appreciation goes out to all our volunteers. If you would like to help with events, on a committee, or making and serving a meal at one of our shelters please contact Eva’s Volunteer Coordinator Robert Hurd, volunteer@evas.ca.

Highlights from 2010 Friends of Stanley Park – hosted the 2nd annual Yard Sale for Eva’s Abrams Family – prepared and served Hanukkah Dinner for all the youth and staff at Eva’s Place CIBC Mellon – hosted a BBQ for the youth at Place and left the BBQs! Aviva – brought a team to Phoenix and in one day renovated the back garden Eglinton St. George members and friends – brought Christmas dinner, gifts, decorations and all the trimmings so the youth at Phoenix could feel more at home for the holidays Jessie Kaur – led a group of youth through a 6 week cooking course who then hosted a booth at our Taste Matters event


FINANCIALS

Where your donations go

51%

Youth programs

26%

Shelter services Administration

9%

Building & property

7%

Fundraising

6%

Volunteer services

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STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS AND NETS ASSETS for the year ended December 31 2010 2010 REVENUE

Donations, fundraising and grants Toronto Community Services per diem fees Other

4,671,114 2,388,230 4,318 7,063,662

EXPENSES Youth programs Shelter services Administration Building and property Fundraising Volunteer services

2009 2009 4,543,861 2,266,225 4,893 6,814,979

3,626,295 1,809,311 630,720 501,134 433,628 63,569 7,064,657

3,619,703 1,641,400 669,088 447,694 365,334 48,038 6,791,257

EXCESS OF REVENUE OVER EXPENSES BEFORE AMORTIZATION (995)

23,722

Amortization of property and equipment 44,176

EXCESS OF REVENUE OVER EXPENSES (EXPENSES OVER REVENUE) FOR THE YEAR $(45,171)

Net Assets, beginning of year $1,399,927 Net Assets, end of year $1,354,756

54,199 $(30,477) $1,430,404 $1,399,927

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION as at December 31, 2010 ASSETS

Current Assets Cash and short term investments $489,879 Other 572,721 1,062,600 Property and equipment 3,486,257 Total Assets 4,548,857 LIABILITIES Current Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 184,701 Designated 423,062 607,763 Deferred property and equipment grants 2,586,338 3,194,101 NET ASSETS Invested in capital assets 899,919 Designated 454,837 1,354,756 Total Liabilities and Net Assets $4,548,857 Approved on behalf of the Board.

$616,649 1 1,144,526 1,761,175 3,049,023 4,810,198

235,042 1,058,083 1,293,125 2,117,146 3,410,271 931,877 468,050 1,399,927 $4,810,198

These statements are condensed. If you would like more information or the complete audited financial statements please contact the Eva’s Initiatives. Audit done by Hilborn Ellis Grant LLP, Chartered Accountants.


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SUPPORT Founders Canadian Auto Workers Canadian Tire Jumpstart Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation Magna International The Sprott Foundation Virgin Unite Benefactor The Ontario Trillium Foundation RBC Foundation Toronto Enterprise Fund Leader Carolyn Sifton Foundation CIBC Dundee Wealth Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. TD Bank Financial Group Champion CCL Industries Inc. The Catherine Donnelly Foundation Fixed Income Group at Desjardins Securities The Great-West Life Assurance Company The Home Depot Canada Foundation W.C. Kitchen Family Foundation

Rotary Club of Toronto – North York Schachter Family Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation Scotiabank Scotia Capital Global Trading State Street Trust Company Canada Companion E.W. Bickle Foundation BMO Employee Charitable Foundation CIBC Mellon Citizens Bank of Canada The Daniels Corporation Deutsche Bank of Canada Intact Foundation IODE Jocelyn Macdonald Mackenzie Financial Corporation The Molson Donations Fund Norman Allan Middleton Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation The Northpine Foundation The Paloma Foundation Somerville Construction Tides Canada Foundation Partner Andy Dickison Baker & McKenzie LLP

BDO Canada LLP Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP Eglinton St. George’s United Church Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario The Harry E. Foster Foundation Robin Heintzman and Gordon Currie Floyd Honey Foundation Koskie Minsky LLP Social and Enterprise Development Innovations Toronto Hydro Corporation U of T Grad Student Union Xstrata Nickel Friend Ann Armstrong Reed Ballon Norman Bell Sharon A. Bennett J.P. Bickell Foundation Michael and Liz Bliss Debbie Boukydis CHUM Charitable Foundation Concord Adex Developments Corp.

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Costa Leclerc Design Inc Crew for a Cure Lionel and Winsome deMercado Direct Energy Edelman Canada Eli Lilly Canada Inc. The Mariano Elia Foundation Environics Communications Inc. Fairlawn Avenue United Church Framework Foundation Franklin Templeton Investments Friends of Stanley Park Bill Furlong Ronald and Judy Gage GlaxoSmithKline Inc. Patricia Gloudon Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc. Jane Haberbusch Niall Haggart and Katherine Kowal Blake Hampton-Davies Heidelberg Canada Graphic Supplies Ltd. Henkel Canada Corp Daryl Hodges Holy Trinity Anglican Church Diane Horton K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 354

Jennings Capital Inc. Marion Ethel Kamm & Frederick John Kamm Charitable Foundation Ian and Wendy Kennedy Philip King and Jennifer Ocampo-King Koehler Family Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation Greg Lawrence Leanne and George Lewis Denis Maloney Barbara Markman Colin McArthur Neil McDonald Medavie Blue Cross The Mendelson Family Foundation Bruce Mitchell Jennifer Morris and David Alcock Nicole and Alain Normand Nutemp Ken and Marilyn O’Connor David M. and Cynthia Odell Penson Financial Services Canada PharmaTrust Colin Phillips and Robyn Luo Martha Pilkington Realtors Care Foundation David Rossiter

Geoffrey B. Scott Memorial Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation Sherrard Kuzz LLP Shine Committee Emree Siaroff and Krista Wylie Ken and Jane Silver The Conn Smythe Foundation Sojourner Diversity Consultants Byron and June Sonberg David Sorbara The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada Robert and Nan Stewart Styles Family Foundation TELUS Robert Tetley Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation Christopher Thomas UrbanSpace Property Group Vandewater Charitable Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation Lori Vaudry Thomas Westin York Mills Collegiate Institute Some donors wish to remain anonymous


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What follows is an excerpt from the Canadian Senate Report, “In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing & Homelessness” released in December 2009. “The most visible sign of the failure of our income security and housing systems and programs to meet the basic needs of individuals and families is homelessness. By definition, homelessness is difficult to measure, but witness after witness reported increases in demand for shelters and food banks, even among those who are employed. As described by one witness, homelessness is not just a problem of failed public policies and programs: it is also a bone-crushing, rightto-the-core experience of loss of all of those things that we value and believe to be so near and dear to us. A significant contributor to homelessness is the lack of affordable and secure housing in virtually every city in Canada. “ It goes on to say “In addition to a compelling moral argument, the economic arguments with respect to homelessness are even more persuasive. Shelters comprise just a fraction of the overall cost of homelessness, which includes frequent emergency room visits and ambulance trips, longer hospital stays, and police, court and incarceration costs. A rough estimate suggests Canadians are spending about $1-billion a year in taxes to deal with the homelessness crisis. It is our collective duty to apply rigorous critical analysis and action in an effort to bring about the changes needed to usher in a new world where homelessness is no longer a lived reality; any less in a country so rich is tantamount to failure.” Eva’s has always believed in doing more. While it is imperative to care for those in need we must also help end their need. If we are to seriously address the issue of youth homelessness in Canada we need to do much more. We need to bring everyone who can help affect change to the table. We need to make prevention and affordable housing as important as emergency services. We need to address the growing mental health crisis in our shelters. Eva’s is about to embark on a mutli-year campaign with Virgin Unite to help bring about the changes needed so youth homelessness is no longer a lived reality in Canada. We will keep you posted and invite you to join us.


215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 370 Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7 T: 416.977.4497 | E: info@evas.ca

www.evasinitiatives.com

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