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Words from the Street lets the downtrodden tell their stories (Toronto Star)

Sex-trade worker’s experiences spur winning entry in Words from the Street, revealed Sunday in Regent Park. By: Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew Business Reporter, Published on Sun Sep 21 2014 Jillann Mignon always knew she had a voice. She just didn’t know if anybody wanted to hear what she had to say. After spending 11 years as […]

Ve’ahavta Street Academy Helps Homeless, Marginalized At College (samaritanmag.com)

Posted on July 3, 2014 By Kim Hughes | www.samaritanmag.com The transformative power of education has inspired many great quotes from many great minds. Don’t be surprised when Theresa Schrader – and other previously marginalized people from Toronto – one day add their own heartfelt aphorisms to that list. Schrader is the program coordinator with the […]

Ve’ahavta drive aims to move Jews to help others (The Canadian Jewish News)

Ruth Schweitzer, Special to The CJN, Monday, May 26, 2014 Ve’ahavta is hoping its new $1.5-million fundraising campaign, It Is A Jewish Cause, will stimulate discussion about what responsibility Jews have for communities outside their own. The money raised by the campaign, which runs until Dec. 31, will be earmarked for four Ve’ahavta programs: its […]

Can you live below the poverty line? (The Canadian Jewish News)

Jordan Adler, Special to The CJN, Monday, May 5, 2014 TORONTO — Close to 10 per cent of Canadian households live below the international extreme poverty line of $1.75 a day, according to some Children’s Aid Society statistics. For five days, staff from Ve’ahavta, the humanitarian and relief organization, took up the challenge of trying […]

Initiatives bring Jews, First Nations closer together (The Canadian Jewish News)

Paul Lungen, Staff Reporter, Monday, March 24, 2014 More than 100 years ago, Winnipeg businessman Harry Henteleff used to make it a practice to get out of town and do some hunting and fishing in the dense forests and pristine lakes that were plentiful on the Manitoba-Ontario border. Henteleff was usually accompanied by guides from […]

Panhandling: to give or not to give?

Friday, March 28, 2014 For many of us, panhandlers provide a daily prick to the conscience. Can you spare some change? I’m hungry. Money for food please? What to do? There are so many options. Feel guilty. Resentful. Or both. Say you’re sorry and rush on. Flash a smile. Duck your head. Think, “There but for […]

Toronto weather: Outreach worker brings warmth to homeless on frigid night (Toronto Star)

As the city shivered, Lauren Gostick was driving the streets in a van handing out coffee and clothes and helping the homeless to shelter. Published on Wed, Jan. 08, 2014 By: Tim Alamenciak News reporter Lauren Gostick stands at the back of a black mini-­van on Peter St., taking coffee orders and passing out warm […]

Ve’ahavta’s Mobile Jewish Response to the Homeless and Cold Weather Response (CBC News Now )