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Blanket entrepreneurs give back to the community

By Susan Minuk- August 15, 2019 Aaron Spivak, left, and Lior Ohayon, the co-founders of Hush blankets, pose for a photo at their warehouse. (Axel Villamil/Acquire Agency photo) Who among us has not experienced the frustration of a sleepless night? Despite growing evidence that deep, restful sleep is imperative to good health, a solid eight […]

Oshawa mayor shares story of overcoming adversity

By Alex Rose- May 3, 2019 His mother died in childbirth, he was raped at eight years old, his older brother died when he was 13, he spent years as a homeless man, in and out of jail and using various substances, he lost the older sister who saved him from the streets to suicide, […]

The downside of up – Chronic homelessness as the devastating flipside of prosperity

By Sarah Fulford |  January 22, 2019 On a cold night in December, my husband and our 12-year-old son volunteered with a charitable organization called Ve’ahavta, which provides outreach services to homeless people. Six days a week, Ve’ahavta loads up a van with sleeping bags, toiletries, hot meals and warm socks and distributes them throughout […]

How formerly homeless people are helping those in need — and helping themselves

A North York Jewish group’s meal box program is employing people who’ve experienced poverty Talia Ricci · CBC News · Posted: Nov 21, 2018 5:00 AM ET | Last Updated: November 21 Outreach worker Ryan Balser, left, hands Kim Mcdougall care packages to hand out around St. Clair Avenue West and Bathurst Street. (Grant Linton / CBC News) There’s […]

Dugmah Grants Report 2017

See our 2017 Dugmah Grants report for some of the social justice related initiatives that youth have been involved with at their summer camps.

‘Awareness goes a long way’: Photo exhibit shows city from the view of the homeless

Lorenda Reddekopp · CBC News · Posted: Oct 11, 2018 12:03 PM ET | Last Updated: October 11 It’s the second year for the My Toronto Photography Project, put on by Jewish anti-poverty group Ve’ahavta. A new photo exhibit gives people a view of the city through the lens of people who are homeless or […]

These 13 winning photos by people who’ve experienced homelessness will make up the next MYTORONTO calendar

By Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Thu., Oct. 11, 2018 Hardship and periods of homelessness have left a positive mark on the heart of Maria Santos. “It stayed with me. You just don’t forget that. You become more humble,” said Santos, 54, explaining that she once relied on emergency shelters, sometimes with her very young […]

MYTORONTO photo exhibition through the lens of Toronto’s homeless

By: Sonya Davidson October 10, 2018 People in our community who live below the poverty line want us to see life through their lens in the MYTORONTO photo exhibition opening October 11 at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street). 111 single use Fujifilm cameras were offered to Torontonians living on our streets this past May. Ninety-three of […]

Photography project highlights first-hand accounts of life on Toronto’s streets

By: Mike Visser and Audra Brown  Posted Oct 9, 2018 4:12 pm EST Last Updated Oct 9, 2018 at 10:34 pm EST It’s a photography project that tells the stories of people marginalized by homelessness and poverty – simply by putting a camera in their hands. Back in May, 111 single-use cameras were distributed to […]

Event will shine a light on youth mental health

By: Susan Minuk September 27, 2018   What parent hasn’t had their child wake up on a Monday morning and claim to be too sick to go to school, or call from a sleepover and ask to come home? It can be difficult for parents and professionals to determine whether kids are experiencing healthy childhood trepidations, […]