YSM has been serving and supporting Torontonians since 1896.
From our first days distributing bread and milk to hungry immigrants to the more than 100 programs and services offered today, YSM has worked to provide help where it’s needed most.
Yonge Street Mission is founded by John Coolidge Davis, and evolves from handing out food and clothing via the “Gospel Wagon” to a rented storefront on Yonge Street.
Through the kindness of friends and supporters, a new, larger space at 381 Yonge Street is purchased in order to serve more people. The new space has a kitchen and clothes room, and a seating capacity of 500.
Even though the site is not still occupied by Yonge Street Mission, the original ceiling beams are still intact and will be transformed into furniture and décor displayed within each YSM building, as a nod to our history and heritage.
YSM is protected from harm in the great fire. In the early-morning hours of January 28, 1921 the great Forum Building, located next to YSM, is engulfed in flames. YSM’S building is miraculously left unscathed and provides coffee and sandwiches to firefighters working to contain the fire.
The Great Depression hits and YSM responds by feeding and clothing thousands of people; going through 5,600 beef sandwiches, 80 gallons of tea and 26 gallons of milk a day.
Founder John Coolidge Davis dies. His second wife, Gertrude Evelyn Mullin, is appointed YSM’s Superintendent. She serves until 1939.
YSM’s Youth Centre opens.
YSM’s Christian Community Centre (CCC) opens at 270 Gerrard Street East with a focus on youth programming. In 1979, when youth programming is moved to YSM’s Evergreen Centre for street-involved youth, the CCC begins to offer programming for seniors, children, women and families. It also houses clothing and food banks.
YSM opens a coffee house, Hal’s Space, to attract the increasing numbers of young people visiting the area.
Evergreen Centre for Street Youth launches at 381 Yonge Street with a focus on the needs of street-involved youth.
Church on the Street is launched.
Genesis Place, a transitional housing facility, operated by Yonge Street Mission opens.
Evergreen’s Health Centre opens, offering free medical care, referrals, dental care, eye examinations and glasses, health education and chiropractic services for street-involved youth.
Evergreen Employment Resource Centre opens, providing pre-employment training, job search assistance, peer mentoring, employment readiness and life skills workshops.Church on the street becomes Church at the Mission (CATM). The church demonstrates YSM’s long-standing commitment to unity and acceptance and offers community members a supportive and loving environment to follow their spiritual journey.
Official opening of the 310 Centre that houses YSM’s Double Take thrift store and the TD Securities Computer Literacy Centre, where children and adults receive computer skills training.
H. B. Martin Family Centre for Urban Education opens at 306 Gerrard Street East offering space for community groups to meet and housing YSM’s administrative staff.
After faithfully serving the community for 30 years, Rick Tobias steps down as CEO and Angie (Draskovic) Peters becomes YSM’s new President & CEO.
YSM announces it will be moving its iconic Evergreen Centre on Yonge Street to a new location at 365 Spadina Avenue – a space three times the size – to serve more youth.
YSM’s Evergreen officially opens its new location at 365 Spadina Ave. in the area of Kensington Market.