Fred Victor Bethlehem United Shelter staff team at the 10th anniversary of the shelter
The church hall had been transformed into the most beautiful celebration room — freshly painted in pale blue with sheer curtains placed artfully on walls. Bethlehem United Church (Apostolic) invested all their love and kindness into its walls.
November 30, 2017 marked a memorable anniversary at Fred Victor. Ten years ago, a partnership between Bethlehem United Church, the City of Toronto and Fred Victor gave birth to the first pet-friendly emergency shelter for people in Toronto. Prayers, songs and inspiring speeches marked the successful collaboration that maintains the 70-bed Caledonia Road shelter.
Volunteer church members provide three meals a day at the shelter and they catered an excellent meal for the celebration.
Hundreds of people with pets, people who use wheelchairs, couples and average citizens experiencing homelessness have found safe refuge at the shelter in the past 10 years. And many of those people have moved on to jobs, permanent housing and healthy lives. A warm congratulations and thanks to the generous church congregation, the far-sighted City of Toronto and Fred Victor’s dedicated staff team.