1. The Salvation Army Gateway is a shelter and drop-in center for adults in the downtown core of Toronto.
They provide everything from the very basic needs of food shelter and clothing, to a comprehensive case management program that works alongside folks on the street on their journey out of the shelter system towards becoming contributing members of the community. The Gateway is now open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. There drop-in is open from 1-7 pm daily for men and women over the age of 21.
3. The shelter has 108 beds available to men who are 21 and over, every single night of the year. They also provide 10 extra beds on extreme cold weather or heat alert nights. Over 97% of those beds are occupied on average on the course of an entire year.
65% of the men, who stay there, stay for less than 2 weeks. They are men who are going through a short term crisis, are often working, and have connections in the community but need to humble themselves for a short term in order to get back on their feet.
25% of the men stay with them from 2 weeks to one year. They spend the bulk of our time and energy with this group of men as they want to do all they can to prevent them from becoming chronically homeless. They see much success with this group.
10% of the men who stays there are chronically homeless. They have been living on the streets for more than one year and will most likely never leave the streets. These groups, a very small percentage of the people they work with, are those whose image is portrayed by the media as the face of homelessness. This group often deals with mental health and/or addictions issues and is very broken and abused men. They walk alongside them in community to demonstrate that they too are important to them and have value. The end of our relationship with this group is most often at their funeral. They then treat them in death the same way they treated them in life; with respect.
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4. The people who access the Gateway for help have needs that are as diverse as the world they live in. As a result, they have designed programs that try to respond to the vast needs that they experience on a daily basis. They have developed many community partnerships due to the fact that they know that they cannot possibly respond to every single need that they encounter, but they do as much as they possibly can given the limited resources that they have.
One of there slogans is this; “Every person needs a home, a job, and a friend.” If someone doesn’t have all three of those things in their lives, they are merely surviving and not really living.
There programs, therefore, are designed to try and help the folks that they meet recover all three of those things in their life.
5. I think it is awesome how they help people I think there should be a shelter in every city or town
6. The 2 things I would do differently is-
I would let woman in when ever they want because woman need a place to stay and anyone under 21 one should be aloud in because some people under 21 needs a place to slay
7. I think the shelter is doing well with the drop-in center because they let anyone over 21 go in, and letting people help out because helping is the best thing to do, and where you can contact them because you can tell them that there a homeless people in your town and ask them how you can help the