Founder John Coolidge Davis is born on June 29, 1849.
The Mission starts with a “Gospel Wagon” that hands out food and clothing, and progresses to a rented storefront on Yonge Street.
Yonge Street Mission gets its name.
When resources were waning, a generous donor promised them all the coal they could use.
A stranger donated 6,000 loaves of bread and provided 50 gallons of milk each day for the rest of the winter. He also soon delivered cartloads of potatoes, beans, cornmeal, flour, and even financial support.
The Mission is relocated to rented premises at Yonge and Shuter streets.
Through the kindness of friends, a new building is purchased at 381 Yonge Street. (seen on left)
The new space has a kitchen and clothes room, and a seating capacity of 500.
The original beams on the ceiling are still in tact at the building today.
Yonge Street Mission is incorporated.
The shrieks of terror-stricken women aroused the neighbourhood at Yonge and Gerrard Streets in the early-morning hours of January 28, 1921. The great Forum Building was a raging inferno of fire, and the shrieks were of people who had barely managed to escape, while the much smaller YSM building was untouched.
The Mission, instead of going about a rescue operation for itself, was open for business with coffee and sandwiches for the men who worked so hard. To a man, they wanted to save the Mission.
Yonge Street Mission feeds and clothes thousands of people, going through 5,600 beef sandwiches, 80 gallons of tea and 26 gallons of milk a day.
Yonge Street Mission Youth Centre opens.
A coffee house opens at 381 Yonge Street to attract the increasing numbers of young people visiting the Mission.
381 Yonge Street is renamed Evergreen. Evergreen begins to focus on the needs of street-involved youth. Programs are tailored to this group of young people.
Church on the Street officially opens with Rev. Bill Ryan founding pastor.
Official opening of Genesis Place, a 26-unit supportive housing facility.
Counselling branch opens in the Christian Community Centre.
Official opening of Health Centre at Evergreen, offering free medical care and referrals, dental care, eye examinations and glasses, health education and chiropractic services for street-involved youth.
Yonge Street Mission celebrates its 100th anniversary helping the poor in Toronto.
Evergreen Employment Resource Centre opens, providing job search, peer mentoring, employment readiness and life skills workshops.
Official opening of the 310 Centre that houses the Double Take thrift store and the TD Securities Computer Literacy Centre.
Partnering with YSM, the Royal Bank opens a Cash & Save branch in the 310 Centre.
Official re-opening of the renovated and expanded Christian Community Centre.
There is also a celebration of 100 years of service at 381 Yonge Street.
H. B. Martin Family Centre for Urban Education opens at 306 Gerrard St. E.
St. James Town, site of YSM’s first satellite office, opens its doors at 225 Wellesley St. E.
On June 1st, Angie Draskovic is appointed as President & CEO of The Yonge Street Mission