‘A home for the holidays’ Breakfast 2016

‘A home for the holidays’ Breakfast 2016

Thank you for putting the good in good morning as we had breakfast together on Wednesday, November 16th. Through the energy of the YWS Price is Right game players and the Lakeview Lodge #272 IO.O.F challenge donation a selection of essential food and household items have been funded for the 53 youth residing at YWS.  Were you surprised to learn that to nourish 53 youth for one week, YWS spends $240 on milk; $84 on juice; and $168 on cereal?  To see how you can share the warmth this holiday season at YWS click here for our priority wish list.

To the chefs of breakfast sponsor, Woodbine Entertainment Group we all appreciated such a delicious and energizing start to the morning.  Thank you to the “A home for the holidays” breakfast sponsors, our one of a kind emcee and friend Ennis Esmer, and the Mentor College student volunteers for working with us to create awareness of the challenges youth face with homelessness in our community today.

For the morning’s photo highlights from Social Image click here.

‘I first walked up the ramp to the front doors of YWS 20 years ago.  I was 16 years old, scared, and full of anger.  I never felt so alone.  I buzzed the front door intercom fearing the unknown.  I heard the kindest most calming voice say:  “Welcome to YWS! How may we help you?” I will never forget those words. That day was the beginning to the rest of my life.” (Sean, past YWS Resident)

A new YWS film with a focus on “Where are they now.”




You are invited to put the good in “Good Morning”

You are invited to put the good in “Good Morning”

You are invited to put the good in “Good Morning” at the fourth annual “A home for the holidays” breakfast on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Get together with Youth Without Shelter (YWS) for an energizing morning of breakfast, fun and inspiration from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Cineplex Queensway Theatre in Etobicoke

NEW this year…premiere of an YWS video with the theme of “Where are they now?” The longer youth remain homeless the worse their health and life chances become. 39 is the average life expectancy of someone experiencing homelessness in Canada today. Too young. 

And that’s not all that is NEW…we are mixing up the Snow Globe Challenge!  Host actor and comedian Ennis Esmer will challenge you to YWS’s Price Is Right testing your “budgeting” knowledge as it relates to the realities of youth homelessness.  In true Price is Right style, wear your company, school or group colours (such as T-shirts/sweatshirts, hats, scarves, etc.)!

Tickets on sale now for $20. Bring a friend or colleague to share the warmth of the most important meal of the year. See you bright and early by the breakfast table on Wednesday, November 16, 2016!

Thank you for experiencing sights, sounds, flavors of Cover Me Urban

Thank you for experiencing sights, sounds, flavors of Cover Me Urban

On Wednesday, April 6th Toronto’s neighborhoods sprung to life through Cover Me Urban 2016 at The Glass Factory. Thank you for experiencing the sights, sounds and delicious flavors of Cover Me Urban and for giving back to the over 1,000 youth who will seek refuge this year at Youth Without Shelter.

Through your Cover Me Urban experience an incredible $100,063.00 was raised under one roof. Thank you for making this investment in Youth Without Shelter’s six empowering support programs:

“I am the impact of donations to the shelter. What I have achieved would not have been possible without all those who support YWS.” (Former YWS youth resident now a public health nurse)

Cover Me Urban’s culture of neighborhoods was made possible through the support of our extraordinary sponsors. See them all by clicking here. Special thanks to:

Ultra Urban Lounge Presenting Sponsor: Tangerine
Taste of the City General Admission Presenting Sponsor: UPS Canada

The sensational flavors of Cover Me Urban were offered to you through the generosity of:

Aura by Cashew & Clive
Brar’s Food Culture of India
Cheese Boutique
Coastline Catering
Crepe Delicious
Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel
Executive Caterers of Barrie
Fonda Lola Mexican Bistro
Medium Rare
More Than Pies
Thistletown CI Culinary Program
Yorkshire Pudding

Cover Me Urban Drink Sponsors: Brickworks Ciderhouse, Mill Street Brewery, Oyster Bay Wines.

The Cover Me Urban runway show that dazzled you was a curated urban collection from Saks Fifth Avenue (CF Sherway Gardens), with a host of behind-the-scenes creative support.

And to TSN’s Cabral “Cabbie” Richards, thank you for being our Cover Me Urban neighborhood guide – you looked great in the Cover Me Urban youth photo T!

Cover Me Urban photo snaps are here – can you find yourself? Did you stop by the photobooth? Check out the pics here.

Meet you next April 2017 in the neighborhoods of Cover Me Urban!

“You are our future.” (Note left on Cover Me Urban Lock Wall)