Housing Outreach & Support
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.
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Director: Colleen Lamond
Through this program, individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live with significant mental health challenges are relocated from the streets, shelters or inappropriate housing to secure, affordable apartments. Support is provided by community mental health workers on two mobile teams.
Applications for supportive housing must go through The Access Point which provides coordinated access to mental health and supportive housing agencies in Toronto. www.theaccesspoint.ca
The Residences (Onsite Support)
Individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with significant mental health challenges live in secure affordable apartments. Support staff are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
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 pioneered by an occupational therapist and practising artist who envisioned combining occupational therapy and the arts. The Studio is a community-based therapeutic program offering healing and recovery through the arts for people living with severe and persistent mental illness.
The Studio welcomes clients from mental health agencies and helps them return to an active life. Each person is treated as an artist first and is encouraged to reach their highest potential through inspiring arts initiatives. Their life skills and ability to cope in the community also improve as a result.
The Studio is involved in mental health research and in community and educational outreach to reduce 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 come from diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds
• 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 more than $1.5 million for this life-changing mental health outreach program. Together we promote positive change in the lives of the many Studio members, who experience healing, increased self-esteem through their participation in the arts.
For more information, visit https://artgems.ca/