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400 People Help Toronto Homeless (Foundation Magazine)

The results of the 4th Annual Ve’ahavta Project will have a tangible impact on people’s lives. Over three hours, volunteers made 225 blankets, baked 450 cookies, and packed 300 harm reduction kits, all of which will be distributed on the organization’s two outreach vans, which operate 7 nights a week, delivering hot meals, donated clothing, […]

Ve’ahavta’s outreach van program helps homeless population in North York, Scarborough and downtown Toronto (Toronto.com)

For this single mother living at a Scarborough homeless shelter with two of her children, it’s been a tough year. “It’s very hard for me to stay focused,” said Jennifer (her name has been changed to protect her family’s privacy). “I have challenges with depression and very bad anxiety.” Jennifer said she ended up in […]

One-Day event mobilizes 400 people to help Toronto homeless (Parliament Street News)

Danny, a 13-year-old volunteer, sat at one of a handful of tables on the lower floor of Holy Blossom Temple, sandwiched between his father and older brother, cutting fringes into a large swath of felt that that the trio were transforming into a blanket for someone living on the street. “It’s really important for me […]

Ve’ahavta. A dynamic Jewish humanitarian and relief organization for all faiths. (CJN Online)

TORONTO. November 1/22 – Ve’ahavta is Canada’s only Jewish humanitarian and relief organization. Founded in 1996, it is dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths and backgrounds who have been marginalized by poverty and hardship. Ve’ahavta mobilizes volunteers in meaningful, hands-on experiences to fulfill our collective responsibility to care […]

Digital Inclusion More Urgent Than Ever

New Ve’ahavta report reveals the unignorable impacts of the digital divide.  April 7, 2021 (Toronto, ON): Internet access and digital literacy have become critical necessities in order to fully participate in nearly every aspect of modern society. Evaluation of Impacts of Digital Access and Literacy, commissioned by Ve’ahavta, reveals the stark digital divide experienced by the GTA’s most […]

Single mother gives back to North York agency that turned her life around (Toronto.com)

Olufunke Asemota and her daughter lived in a shelter after arriving in Canada in December 2018. The single mother, originally from Nigeria, said she was a refugee claimant who didn’t know anyone in Canada and had no family to turn to for help. But amid the “trauma (and) confusion,” she said, she met a friend […]

Prepaid VISA Cards Distributed to Homeless Population During COVID-19

Ve’ahavta, with the support of CIBC and several philanthropists, including Henry Wolfond – CEO of Bayshore Capital – launched an initiative to help provide emergency resources and support during COVID-19 to Toronto’s street homeless population. Credit cards are being given out nightly through Ve’ahavta’s outreach van program; providing individuals with much-needed funds to purchase food and other essentials. The […]

The factors influencing Toronto’s COVID-19 hot spots (CBC News)

The City of Toronto has released geographical data about the location of coronavirus cases, and many residents of one densely populated, lower-income hot spot say they are not surprised.  

#NoHomeTO: Facebook Live Panel May 14, 2020

The news headlines speak of using hotel rooms to keep people experiencing homelessness safe during the pandemic. But what about the isolation? And how do you social distance while living in a shelter sharing a room with someone you don’t know? On Thursday May 14 we held another panel discussion in our #NoHomeTO Facebook Live […]

Stress, anxiety a heavy burden for people who can’t work from home or properly isolate (CBC News)

Almost two months into social distancing and working from home, the verdict seems to be in — for most of us, the measures have worked and the surge medical workers feared would overwhelm our hospitals hasn’t materialized. So why are we still seeing a steady stream of new COVID-19 cases? “I think we did a […]

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