Experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 (

While Torontonians city-wide are practising social distancing and self-isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to remember that the ability to social distance and self-isolate is a privilege. Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, reminded us all during her press conference on April 1 that individuals experiencing homelessness are one […]

Homelessness Street Outreach During COVID-19 (Video)

Ve’ahavta’s outreach van continues to provide food and supplies to people living on or near the street. The situation is desperate out there with so many services having closed. Kelly, our outreach worker says, “The strain the homeless population in Toronto is under during the COVID-19 pandemic is really just a continuation of the neglect […]

Putting the Spot on Homelessness with Art (Breakfast Television)


MYTORONTO Calendar Highlights Issue of Homelessness

By Cari Kozierok September 17, 2019 Cari Kozierok is executive director of Ve’ahavta, an organization that mobilizes volunteers to support transformative change amongst people experiencing poverty and homelessness. – Canadian Jewish News photo You’re on your way to a meeting downtown. Rushing along Bay Street, you barely notice the person sleeping on the cold, wet sidewalk […]

A Headlight Unto the Nations

By Avrum Rosensweig– August 27, 2019 (Wikimedia Commons/Ed Yourdon/ In the old days of Jewish Toronto, the highest profile vehicle in the community was the Stroli’s delivery van. If it stopped in front of your house, you knew that your meat had arrived and the delivery man might engage you in a conversation in Yiddish, […]

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.

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