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Donor Profile: Dave Brown Building Homes

Dave Brown, proprietor of Fearless Meat in the Beaches community of Toronto and long-time Fred Victor champion, knows what it is like to do without.

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A Family Needs a Home

Once a thriving and gainfully employed father, Dave endured a world turned upside down when his spouse left, leaving him alone to care for their two children, one of whom has severe autism. Overwhelmed by the sole responsibility of providing stability and support for his family, Dave made the difficult decision to quit his job, plunging him into a world of uncertainty.

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Cale’s Journey to Home

With the combined efforts of the Safe Consumption Site team, the Drop-in staff, Cale found a home at Fred Victor’s Transitional Housing. Cale’s journey to housing is just one of many examples of how Fred Victor provides a meaningful impact on people who are experiencing homelessness and battling complex challenges.

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Transforming Lives Through Housing: Stella’s Story

Discover Stella’s journey of resilience and hope as she finds solace and support through Fred Victor. After fleeing violence in Nigeria, Stella found herself in Toronto’s shelter system, feeling disconnected and overwhelmed. With the help of a compassionate Fred Victor case manager, she began to rebuild her life. Follow Stella’s inspiring story of transformation and the power of connection.

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The Power of Food in Building Community: How Taste of Regent Park Brings People Together

Food has always held the power to unite people and create a sense of belonging. In the heart of Regent Park, a vibrant community in Toronto’s downtown east, the Taste of Regent Park by Fred Victor takes this power to a new level. Every Wednesday, from July 5th to September 6th, 2023, this weekly market brings together talented local artisans, craftspeople, community organizations, food vendors, caterers, and entertainers.

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Seven Ways You Can Help People Experiencing Homelessness During Hot Weather

Extreme heat is a health risk. Heat-related illness includes heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash and muscle cramps. Other heat-related symptoms include dizziness, nausea, fainting, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, and extreme thirst.

Although heat-related illness is preventable, extreme heat contributes to an average of 120 premature deaths every summer in Toronto. People experiencing homelessness are especially at risk.

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From Homeless To Home – Four True Stories That Will Inspire You

For 127 years, it has been our mission to help people who are experiencing homelessness. Read stories of four people whom we helped to rebuild their lives.

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Breaking The Cycle of Poverty: How Fred Victor is Helping Children and Families Living in Poverty

According to Toronto Child & Family Poverty Report, more than 125,000 (26.3%) children live in low-income families – a staggering statistic that highlights the inequality and lack of opportunity that still exists in Ontario’s largest metropolis.

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LGBTQ2S+ Community and Homelessness

Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ community is one of the most prominent demographics experiencing homelessness.

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Everyday Myths About the Homeless – Debunked

The circumstances of homelessness are often misunderstood. It’s time we debunk the most common myths about homelessness.

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Negative Perceptions Hurt: Attitudes Toward The Homeless

Perceptions of homeless people very often are inaccurate and always negative. It’s time to end prejudice against homeless people.

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8 Challenges Homeless Women Face Every Day

Homelessness definitely has a stereotype: a single, adult male asking for change on the city streets. However, women make up 27.3% of the overall homeless population in Canada. Here are […]

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Why Don’t The Homeless Just Go Home?

There are many reasons why people become homeless: losing your job; family break-up; family violence; mental illness; poor physical health; substance use; physical, sexual or emotional abuse – to name […]

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Young and Homeless: Facts About Homeless Youth in Canada

Young people don’t choose to be homeless. Leaving home is the last resort. It is when living conditions at home become absolutely intolerable and there is no other option but to leave.

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“Just Get a Job” Why It’s Not That Easy: Homelessness and Mental Health

Very often, the condition of people’s mental health makes it impossible to obtain and keep a job.

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How to Put Together a Care Package for the Homeless

Everything you need to know about how to create a life-changing care packages for people experiencing homelessness.

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Behind the Cardboard Sign: 5 Effects of Homelessness You Can’t See

The modern world is full of wealth, astounding resources, and technological advances like never before. And yet, homelessness still exists. In fact, in most cities around the world, you can see people struggling everywhere you look.

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The Truth About Homeless People And Their Pets You Need To Know

Streets are a scary place to be. A pet can be the one thing that gives a person the courage to face each day. Having a pet to provide companionship, protection, and love can be a major contributing factor whether someone survives or not.

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