Food for Friends
Care for Friends serves 9,000 sit-down, hot meals each year to any guest in need through a three-days-per-week lunch program.
Our meals are planned to address the unique needs of homeless populations, emphasizing fresh produce and high protein contents.
Meals are served with dignity and respect through a volunteer corps of senior citizens, school groups, and neighborhood community members.
Connections For Friends
We invite representatives from a variety of partner organizations to attend our meals on a rotating basis to start creating community connections with our guests.
This familiarity makes it easier for our guests to overcome uncertainty or barriers they may perceive exist for entry into programs that address the causes of homelessness, and provides access to life and career skills training, quality job placement, addictions recovery, mental and physical health counselling.
Toiletries For Friends
Through our Toiletries and Hygiene Program, guests receive complimentary haircuts by a trained barber and personal hygiene kits for basic self-care (soap, shampoo, toothbrush/toothpaste, razor/shave cream). They have secure access to basic washroom facilities for personal hygiene needs. It is our desire to work with our host building to expand shower and laundry facilities for our guests in an upcoming renovation.
Healthcare For Friends
Guests of this program receive foot care and evaluations twice per month by a team of volunteers including nurses as well as podiatric and medical doctors. The clinic provides referrals to regional free health clinics and hospitals for more urgent medical conditions. Typically, this is the only preventative care our guests are receiving. Through this program, we are helping to reduce reliance on emergency rooms as a primary source of care for the populations we serve.
Clothes For Friends
At each of our meals, guests have access to a seasonal clothes closet, which can provide two articles per guest per week. Guests currently do basic laundry services in our host building's washroom sinks, but it is our desire to work with our host to install laundry facilities as part of their upcoming renovation.