Services during covid-19

YSM is standing with our community members during this unusual time. To ensure the health and safety of all, and under the direction of Public Health safety protocols, YSM’s program buildings are closed to public access. However, we are providing food, counselling and other services at two locations.

See below for all YSM services being offered and for ideas on how you can help YSM and our community through the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Groceries offered during COVID-29 crisis

YSM's Modified services

Evergreen Services (ages 16-24)

365 Spadina Ave., Toronto

  • To-go meals from 12-4:30 daily
  • Coffee, snacks and bottled water 12-4:30PM daily
  • Drop-in staff available to assist with: clothes, hygiene supplies, sleeping bags, warm wear, etc.
  • The usual dining/hang-out space will not be available. All food is for take-away. All other non-essential services paused until further notice.
  • Groceries available at 270 Gerrard St E YSM Davis Centre Food Bank.
  • Nurse is available for phone consults and referrals;
  • Nurse Practitioner can see urgent medical issues by appointment (can be made at reception);
  • Urgent Psychiatry visits can be arranged: To schedule with the Health Centre, please email healthcentre@ysm.ca or call 416 929 9614 x 2238.

Telephone counselling will also be available by appointment. To schedule, speak with drop-in staff or contact Nazreth directly at nmebrahtu@ysm.ca or 416 929 9614 x 2269, Monday – Thursday, 10 – AM-4:30PM.

For inquiries about psychiatry please call 416 929 9614 x 2200

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please contact
Gerstein Crisis Centre 416 929-5200 or Toronto Distress Centre 416 408 4357 or text 686868.

Our Nursery has paused child care services.

Current registered families may receive a 2 week supply of child supplies. To coordinate pick up, please contact Ruth at rroblin@ysm.ca or 416 929 9614 x 2232.

To schedule Reception or Drop-In staff can coordinate appointment or please call Olaide at 416 929 9614 x 2234.

Employment Services staff can support by phone or email and want to ensure the continuity of support to the best of our ability. For all general inquiries, call the Employment Centre at 416 929 9614 x 2278 or email us at ees@ysm.ca.

Resource centre shut down and no in-person meetings will be available on site.

Davis Centre Services (ages 25+)

270 Gerrard St. E., Toronto 

Tuesday-Friday, 10-12noon, 1-3pm

Nutritious Food Bags available by family size, once a week – no proof of income or address is needed at this time.

Staff available to assist with: hygiene supplies, baby items, warm wear, etc.

Cornerstone Families and Bridges adults can request grocery bags via Care Managers

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4 – 5 PM

Staff available to assist with: hygiene supplies, warm wear, etc.

Monday – Friday, via phone, “walk-in & appointments


“Walk in” Telephone counselling is available by calling 416 355 3568

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30-430pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 – 7:30pm. 

Appointment based telephone counselling call 416 355 3568 or 416-929-9614 x 3235

Monday-Friday, via telephone/email

Employment Services staff can support by phone or email. For all general inquiries, call the Employment Centre at 416 929 9614 x 2278 or email us at ees@ysm.ca.

No in-person meetings will be available on site.

How you can help

Donate

Every little bit helps. YSM is seeing an influx of people needing assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. As we continue to support struggling neighbours, we need your help. If you are able, please donate online today and help YSM continue to offer meals, groceries and other supports to those most in need during this difficult time.

Send Virtual Love

YSM’s front line staff are safely offering food and support to struggling neighbours. Please join us and #SendVirtualLove to our staff who have adapted to the situation.

Send your encouragement and messages of hope by tagging us in your social media posts (@YSM_TO on Twitter and @yongestreetmission on Facebook and Instagram). Let’s support those who are supporting our community!

Or add some creativity to your message by downloading this colouring sheet. Tag us in posts with your completes images and hang them in your window to spread the love to you neighbourhood.

Outline Toronto Canada City Skyline with rainbow

Homemade Cloth Masks

With the current COVID-19 pandemic there is a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment, otherwise known as PPE. In order to keep our community healthy and safe, YSM is asking sewers in the community to make masks to be donated to YSM staff and volunteers working to serve and support our community members at this time.

Learn more and download the sewing pattern here.

Colouring Contest for Kids!

YSM has been nominated to be a beneficiary of A Big Picture art competition for kids.  Contest submissions are now closed, but you can still vote for your favourite drawing at abigpicture.ca. Winner will be announced on May 18th!

Not only will the winning entry get their artwork on a downtown Toronto billboard as well as some other great prizes – it will also unlock a donation to Toronto charities on the front lines of the COVID pandemic, including YSM. 

A Big Picture

YSM's COVID-19 Response

To ensure the health and safety of all, and under the direction of Public Health safety protocols, YSM’s program buildings are closed to public access. However, we are providing food, counselling, and other services. Please click to learn about services being offered and how you can help.