YSM Evergreen Centre is a safe space for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 to freely access our many services and programs.
Our staff helps job seekers gain the skills they need in order to prepare for, find and maintain a job. Our services include employment counselling, paid job readiness programs and a space for youth to search and prepare for work.
Youth can stop in for a meal, to relax or socialize in a safe space or join in the many workshops we offer. Our staff is always available to talk or assist in any way needed.
Our health services staff provides compassionate and non-judgmental health care for homeless and street-involved youth and their children. All services are free and confidential; we do not require OHIP cards.
We offer healthy, free lunches every weekday all year-round as well as healthy, free dinners between October and May.
Our housing workers help our community members access shelters and find affordable transitional or permanent housing to meet their needs.
Our childcare services, parent relief, parenting workshops, and nursery food bank help street-involved youth and their children meet their basic needs.
A social enterprise initiative, which offers meaningful employment to street involved youth who create hand-made products using recycled materials and provide crafting workshops for individuals and groups.
YSM Cornerstone provides Family Support Services to strengthen the family unit by providing an array of programs and services that meet every day needs.
Open to all families with dependent children under the age of 25, Care Management offers personalized family support to address concerns and encourage individual as well as collective family goals.
Trained counsellors support our community members in the process of healing from negative experiences and psychological wounds. Our counsellors help with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, addictions and abuse.
Through workshops and other programs, our staff helps job seekers gain the skills they need to prepare for work. Job-ready clients are then matched with employment opportunities including training opportunities, job placements and direct-entry jobs.
For both individuals and families, our staff assists with accessing shelters and transitional, supportive or permanent housing.
To support families through the early years of their children’s life, we provide subsidized childcare through the city of Toronto Children’s Services. We offer infant care (ages 3 to 18 months), toddler care (ages 18 months to 2.5 years) and preschool care (ages 2.5 years until kindergarten entry).
From Senior Kindergarten-aged children to adults, our staff teaches the essential computer skills needed for future success.
To nurture holistic development in the lives of children from Grade 1 to 8, we create a fun learning environment where everyone is welcomed and respected.
Serving youths between the ages of 11 and 19, our one-on-one tutoring and homework support helps students achieve academic success. We create an individual homework curriculum for each student based on their Individual Education Plan, psychological test and/or meetings with parents or guardians, teachers and other educational supports. We also help with preparing college, university and scholarship applications.
Through various workshops, we offer practical life skills and support programs that are designed to help both individuals and families reach their goals.
YSM Community Support Services works with adults living with poverty, from 21 - 60.
We help individuals and families access shelters and transitional, supportive or permanent housing.
We offer workshops and other programs to help those in our community become employment-ready.
Church at the Mission exists so that all people can experience God’s love in a casual, accepting and loving environment regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or income status. It is a community of welcome where you’ll find vibrant worship and an opportunity for spiritual renewal.
We serve nutritious meals every Tuesday and Thursday nights in a supportive community environment. Programs to support the journey for change follow each meal. These programs include Creative Writing, Creative Art, Recovery Group, Women’s Support Group, and Spiritual Reflection.
Our food bank provides 2 to 3 days’ worth of unprepared, non-perishable food, which are often also supplemented with staples such as bread, milk and vegetables. The food bank is only available by appointment following an interview to assess individual needs. Referrals to other YSM or partner services are also available through the food bank.
We offer assistance with reading, writing and basic math skills through one-on-one tutoring.
Trained counsellors support our community members in the process of healing from negative experiences and psychological wounds. Our counsellors help with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, addictions and abuse. NEW – Walk-in Counselling Service We offer free counselling that can help support you through some of life’s challenges. Our approach is pragmatic, strengths based, and culturally sensitive. We aim to understand the problem, set practical goals and provide support towards positive change.
We guide and support those in our community in reaching their goals. We specialize in helping post-prison and street-involved women and men, youth that have aged out of our youth services programs and people in crisis.
Double Take Thrift Store is YSM's employment/training initiative where gently used, high quality clothing, furniture and housewares can be purchased at very affordable prices.
Double Take exists to provide affordable clothing and household items to the community. All profits made from Double Take benefits YSM and its goal to end chronic poverty in Toronto in one generation.
The store provides first-time employment and training for our community members who have obstacles to regular employment.
Double Take provides an avenue for clients of YSM to choose business attire for job interviews, allowing the people we serve to shop with dignity.
You can support YSM’s Double Take Store by donating your gently used clothing, linens, housewares and furniture. Donations are gratefully accepted year-round, during store hours only. Please do not leave donations outside the store as we cannot accept them in this manner. For large donations (i.e. furniture), pick-up can be arranged for a small fee. To arrange a pickup or confirm that we have room for furniture, please call 416-925-7198. Greatest Needs:
– Career apparel
– Maternity wear, baby and children’s wear
– Men’s clothing and shoes, all sizes
– Ladies Wear sizes 14+
*Sofa beds, mattresses, bed frames, futons, appliances or cribs are not accepted.
Our annual PATH Clothing Drive collects bags of clothing from downtown businesses that are then donated to and resold at Double Take, YSM’s thrift store and community employment/training initiative.