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Lighting the Way Campaign

Yes, we know Halloween has not passed yet, but we have to say it… Winter is coming! And with the

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This is WILLIAM'S STORY - a wonderful member of our staff. An incredible message of hope and a great example of how our Centre empowers and offers opportunities to people of all abilities.
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"My name is William. I don’t like to talk too much about the past, but I can share with you that I had a pretty hard life with a lot of family problems. I spent a lot of time in emergency rooms for mental health challenges, until I was diagnosed with severe depression, OCD and anxiety. As part of my mental illness, I made some bad decisions that led me to also having an addiction problem. Fortunately, I was referred a great psychiatrist and a social worker, and with their support I started walking the difficult road to get better.
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I have lived in shelters in the past, but I am currently on disability and am living in a boarding home. I have made some good friends there, but you still do not get much privacy, and that can be very stressful at times. For this reason, I would really like to move to my own place, but with Toronto being so expensive there is no way that I can afford a regular rent on disability only.
I wanted to work, but there is a lot of stigma around people with mental illness and disabilities, and because of that finding a job can be very challenging. However, some months ago an employment coach referred me to St. Felix Centre, and many things started to change for me since then!
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St. Felix Centre offered me a part-time employment opportunity to be part of their maintenance staff. Having the opportunity to earn some money is great, but there are also more important things to that…'
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Keep reading William's great testimonial on our blog: stfelixcentre.ca/blog/
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Please consider joining our Lighting the Way campaign!
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We can't help having a big smile on our face!  We have received a wonderful donation from @wecarelv - 60 warm and cozy duvets for our guests!  We are just a few days away from opening a 24-Hour Respite Services site at Liberty Village, and we feel so grateful for the support we have received from Liberty Village CARES.
Winters in the city can be brutal, and they pose a serious threat to the lives of people experiencing homelessness, specially to those who have a hard time accessing regular shelter programs due to complex challenges, such as mental illness and addiction.  At St. Felix Centre our arms are open to everyone who needs our support, and we are prepared to make sure our guests feel safe and treated with the dignity they deserve as valuable human beings, regardless of the complicated challenges they could be facing at the moment.  Their pets are welcomed too!  For more information about our 24-Hour Respite Services program, please visit our website, stfelixcentre.ca
We know that the cold season can be beautiful and full of treasured moments for most of us – family reunions, awesome white sceneries all around us. ☃️ However, there are members of our community that really struggle during these cold nights, alone, without a roof over their heads, hungry, and many times feeling hopeless. And it is for them that our Centre exists...
Please join us in transforming lives by getting involved in our 2nd annual Christmas fundraising campaign, Lighting the Way!🎄 Your gift will truly make a difference in the lives of many people experiencing homelessness, mental illness and addiction. It is thanks to people like you and your gifts that we can continue opening our arms and doors for our guests.  Don't forget, we take care of our guest's pets too! 100% pet friendly! 🐶🐱 Please visit our website to make your donation (link in our bio). Thank you for your support! 🙏🏻❤
Today on International Volunteer Day, we would like to say THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers who help us each day to show love and compassion to our guests! Whether you help with prepping and serving meals, admin, distributing clothing, programming support, your help makes a difference! #internationalvolunteerday
On International Day for Persons with Disabilities, @st.felixcentre reaffirms its commitment to create an inclusive environment and offer an accessible space for people with all kinds of abilities, providing our guest with the support they need to improve their lives. #IDPWD2018
GODDAIS' STORY (one of our wonderful guests).
"In this now moment, as I sit here in the St. Felix office, frantically searching for and subsequently grasping the memories of the devastating layers of the truths that curated my present disposition, I am in complete awe that I am actually, literally, definitively homeless; “beautiful”, “blessed”, “brilliant”, “educated”, “talented”, “Divinely Guided” me.
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Several weeks ago I was displaced from my “home” due to a domestic situation with my mother rendering me homeless on the streets of downtown Toronto – streets that I survived on my own as a Black-Intersex-Immigrant-Female-Spiritualist for a week before meeting a gentle, kind soul named Victor at Queen and Spadina. Victor guided me to St. Felix (I had no knowledge of any services as I have never been, nor have I ever researched homelessness before becoming homeless myself).
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For the first five days of my homeless journey, I walked from the Waterfront to Yorkville and back daily with stops at Dundas Square, City Hall and Kensington Market among other basic, yet familiar locals as I navigated my new found “freedom” from a toxic environment that breathed perpetual racism, bigotry, discrimination, ignorance and the general stagnation of my soul’s evolution, but nothing in this life is ever truly free. This profound liberation came at the literal expense of every comfort I had ever known, as both my formal and life education unfortunately did not teach me how to bathe in Mcdonalds/park sinks; prevent/heal/control immobilizing blisters; how to make a bed out of life jackets in the rain, or nothing at all..."
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Keep reading Goddais' powerful testimonial on our blog:
stfelixcentre.ca/blog/
She is an amazing human being!
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St. Felix Centre is a welcoming and respectful environment INCLUSIVE of all genders, religions, cultures and abilities.
Wagging tails all over St. Felix Centre!  The free rabies clinic and pet food pantry event organized by @vca_canada and @st.felixcentre was a total success!  Many four-legged companions received the support they needed to stay healthy and happy.  We would like to thank the amazing team from VCA Canada who helped us to make this possible. We look forward to continue working together to create new opportunities for people experiencing economic difficulties and/or homelessness to access support for the care of their pets.
Toronto is a busy city.  People's daily lives are full of different activities: from commuting to work, to taking advantage of the many options available to entertain themselves.  For Torontonians, their TIME and the way they invest it is very important... At St. Felix Centre we are aware of all that, and that is precisely the reason why we consider the time that our volunteers give us each day, INVALUABLE.  This awesome group of volunteers from @pagerduty Toronto helped us last night to prep dinner for our guests. THANK YOU guys! You are now part of our Heroes Without Capes!
#MakeADifference #LetsDoItTogether
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Follow us here, on Instagram! That's another and easy way to support @st.felixcentre.
Our volunteers' smiles, compassion and positive energy are the key ingredients in every single one of the more than 9,000 meals we serve each month.  This awesome group from RBC Toronto were here, prepping and serving meals for our guests.  Thank you so much to all of you for your support and eagerness to make a difference! @rbc
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If you would like to know more about the businesses and corporate groups volunteer opportunities, please send us an email to volunteer@stfelixcentre.com.
#makeadifference #LetsDoItTogether!

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