Feeding the Christmas spirit to those in need

A homeless woman passing a plate of food at the dinner table

TORONTO – Josephine Filosa wouldn’t have a Christmas dinner with all the fixings if it weren’t for The Scott Mission. “I come here every year. It’s a nice place and they are very generous and help people every day of the year,” said Filosa, one of 400 people who enjoyed Christmas at the Mission on Sunday. Filosa lives at a downtown women’s … Read More

A side of ‘miracles’ at Scott Mission’s Christmas feast

A table of homeless men and women enjoying a meal at the Mission

Julian Jordan is doing everything he can to make this holiday season a turning point for himself. He started his Christmas Day by heading to the Scott Mission at College St. and Spadina Ave. for the organization’s annual Christmas meal. For Jordan, 29, it was his first time going there. “I don’t have any money right now and I’m not … Read More

This Christmas, Benny is Thankful for YOU!

Benny smiling outside in the snow

Benny worked hard and enjoyed a life of independence, until extreme back problems made it impossible for him to work. He was relieved to receive some financial help for his disability, but it was not enough to make ends meet. Isolated and frightened for his survival, Benny turned to The Scott Mission. Here, he found tangible help with food and clothing, as well as the encouragement … Read More

Make this a Christmas to Remember at The Scott Mission!

A young child reading a book from the toy store

The kind support of caring friends ensures that Christmas at The Scott Mission is a reason to celebrate! Your compassion will provide delicious meals, festive decorations, holiday programs, and so much more: 2,600 families in need will receive a $45 grocery gift card and a bag full of groceries so they can enjoy a wonderful Christmas at home. Thousands of children … Read More

Help and Hope FOUND at The Scott Mission!

Joyce pictured with her family outside

Poverty was new to Joyce and her family. Their fear and hopelessness were made even worse because they didn’t know anyone and had nowhere to turn for help. Then a friend from church told Joyce she could find help €and hope at The Scott Mission. “They told me, ‘€There’s a place you can go. There’s help out there,’”€ Joyce says, remembering the day when … Read More

A Heartfelt Gift of Time and Treasure

Volunteer Susan standing in the kitchen at the Mission

Susan Cloyd loves to help others. In her professional life, she worked as an emergency room nurse. There, she frequently encountered homeless people and their great need always made her want to do more to help them. So upon retiring Susan joined our wonderful team of volunteers at The Scott Mission, and turned her compassion toward those who are hungry, homeless, and hurting. Over the … Read More

Our Christmas Wish List

Your support is needed now to give help and hope to men, women, and children in need this Christmas. Here are ways you can help those who are in need this Christmas season: MEALS. Just $4.25 will provide a hot meal this Christmas season. TOYS. Donate or host a toy drive to stock our free Christmas toy store for struggling families! CLOTHING. Provide warm … Read More

Free Thanksgiving meals served to help Toronto residents celebrate holiday

A warm Thanksgiving meal

At least two organizations in Toronto served free Thanksgiving lunches downtown on Monday to ensure residents in the city celebrated the holiday with good food. At the Scott Mission, 502 Spadina Avenue, about 320 people were served Thanksgiving lunch. Staff prepared dozens of turkeys, hundreds of potatoes and more than 100 litres of soup. Meals were served at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The … Read More

Toronto shelter Scott Mission serves up Easter meal

A line of men and women standing outside The Scott Mission

Silhouetted against the aqua blue glass wall of the Scott Mission chapel, the late morning sun filtering in, Andrew Zeidman preaches gospel as meaningful to the godless as the faithful. “€It’s springtime,”€ says Zeidman, the grandson of Morris Zeidman, who founded the mission more than 70 years ago. “€This could be the beginning of new things.”€ He speaks to a … Read More

Scott Mission, Humanity First serve up support and joy to Toronto homeless

Volunteers preparing Christmas meals in the ktichen

Blake Henstridge had finished one dinner at the Scott Mission on Christmas morning and was outside on Spadina Ave., chatting, when volunteers from Humanity First arrived to hand out pizza and drinks. “€Cheese pizza, that’s awesome,”€ said Henstridge, who arrived in Toronto from Newfoundland in July 2011. There are scads of charities who feed the homeless and others in need during Christmas. … Read More