Ve’ahavta’s Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness outreach van(MJRH) is one of the most effective and valuable services responding to the needs of people living on the streets of Toronto.

I volunteered for this outreach project which goes out 5 times a week in Toronto and has a set route --  from St. Clair all the way down to the base of Spadina under the freeway.  I love mobile outreach projects -- go to where people are. It's more effective. 

 

As a volunteer in the Love Van we deliver coffee, food, clothing, hygiene supplies, and supportive companionship to the city’s homeless population. 

 

The shift is from 5pm - 12pm midnight. The first hour we put together cheese sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Then we go out in the van and deliver food and clothing to folks who are waiting for us in parks and under freeways. 

 

I went out in the van several times and there were different volunteers each time. We also gave out harm reduction supplies to kids on Yonge street and we had Naloxone in the van. You really get to know people out on the street the more you go out. There is a consistency about doing this project this way. I really respect how Ve'ahavta does this!! It's pretty damn impressive.

Read about the project here >

MYTORONTO Photography Project

 

By providing 100 single-use cameras to people affected by homelessness in Toronto, the aim is to shine a light on the resilience of people who are often overlooked. How it works: the cameras were distributed and returned after 5 days. If you have your photo chosen for the calendar you are paid. A 2018 calendar is being printed, and photographers can sell the calendars independently for part time income.

The inspiration for this initiative comes from the MYLONDON photography project organized by Café Art.  In addition to Toronto, MYCITY projects are now taking place in Manchester, England; New Orleans, Louisiana; São Paulo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia.  

The 12 winning photos will be featured in a 2018 calendar. This project was very well organized and got lots of press. It's great to be part of it!