Housing Outreach & Support
Director: Everton Gordon
Through this program, individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live with significant mental health challenges are relocated from the street, temporary shelters or inappropriate housing to stable, secure, affordable apartments. Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes has developed relationships and lease agreements with private landlords scattered throughout the City of Toronto. Support to tenants is provided by Community Mental Health Workers on two mobile teams.
All applications for supportive housing must go through The Access Point which provides streamlined coordinated access to a number of mental health and supportive housing agencies in Toronto. www.theaccesspoint.ca
The Residences (Onsite Support)
Through this program, 26 individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live with significant mental health challenges can live in stable, secure affordable apartments with onsite staff support. Support staff is available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
205 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2E7
Brother Joseph Dooley Apartments
10 Tracy Street, Toronto, ON M5A 4P2
Creative Works Studio
Creative Works Studio was founded in 1998 and pioneered by an occupational therapist and practicing artist who could envision the benefit of combining both occupational therapy practice and the arts. Creative Works Studio is a community-based rehabilitative therapeutic program offering healing and recovery through the creative arts for people living with severe and persistent mental illness.
The Studio receives clients from mental health agencies across Toronto and helps them make a comfortable return to an active life in the larger community. The Studio provides a non-judgmental environment where each person is treated as an artist first and is encouraged to reach their highest skill level and potential through purposeful and inspiring creative art initiatives. As a result, their life skills and ability to cope in the larger community also improve.
The Studio is actively involved in mental health research and in community and educational outreach as a means of disseminating information and reducing the stigma of mental illness.
Watch the trailer for Creative Works Studio’s documentary What’s Art Got To Do With It.
About Creative Works Studio Members
• Men and women between the ages of 18 to 80, who come from diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds.
• 25% of the members who joined the Studio in 2009 have since returned to full or part-time work, returned to school, or have decreased their hospital time.
• 95% of the Studio members have improved their life skills and sense of well-being, through increased productivity, participation, and socialization, while sharing in the studio environment.
• Many members have entered art shows and have sold their work.
Art Gems is the annual fundraising art auction in support of Creative Works Studio. Since 2007, your generosity and support has enabled Art Gems to raise over $1.5 million for this life-changing mental health outreach program in downtown Toronto. Together we are making positive change in the lives of the many Studio members, who, through this rehabilitative therapeutic program, experience healing, increased self-esteem and the return of important life skills through their participation in the arts.
For more information, visit https://artgems.ca/