THE GOOD NEIGHBOURS’ CLUB RE-LAUNCHES AS HAVEN TORONTO – A SANCTUARY FOR ELDER HOMELESS MEN
(Toronto, ON) January 16, 2017- Not-for-profit organization, The Good Neighbours’ Club, announces it is re-launching today as Haven Toronto to underscore the sanctuary they provide to elder homeless men. The Toronto-based centre for homeless and marginally housed men over 50 provides a welcoming place off the streets and meaningful opportunities to live healthier and more dignified lives.
The men Haven Toronto serve are provided with essentials including low-cost meals, health and social work services, clothing, computer access, phone and mail services, laundry amenities, showers and recreational activities, all in a manner that respects and promotes the dignity of those less fortunate. The renaming to Haven Toronto includes a new brand identity, logo and website haventoronto.ca.
Executive Director, Lauro Monteiro, brings over 25 years of public service leadership experience within the justice and human services sectors to his role at Haven Toronto. Monteiro will lead the organization through a new strategic direction that will better position Haven Toronto to provide additional services and increased awareness of the issues and unique needs facing marginalized elder men.
“The word ‘haven’ aptly describes us as a place of safety for the men we serve, who can often be further victimized while on the streets,” said Lauro Monteiro, Executive Director, Haven Toronto. “At Haven Toronto, we want to raise awareness for marginalized elder men and provide essential support and companionship to those who face homelessness and isolation in Toronto.”
Haven Toronto (formerly The Good Neighbours‘ Club) was established in 1933 to help First World War veterans struggling through the Depression, and has evolved into a safe, welcoming Toronto drop-in centre for homeless men aged 50 and over. The men adhere to a code of conduct, participate in meetings and work alongside the dedicated staff and volunteers preparing meals, keeping the building clean and helping administer all of the centres’ services.
Haven Toronto is funded in part by the City of Toronto, the United Way, the Province of Ontario through the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) along with the generous support of corporate and private donations.