Latest Updates – Covid-19 Pandemic

Latest Update as of April 30, 2021

We are pleased to report that our shelter will reopen this evening.  Thank you for your continued support and prayers!

Update as of April 17, 2021

Front Line Worker

COVID has deeply impacted our neighbours in vulnerable circumstances, including those who are experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. To keep our clients and staff as safe as possible, The Scott Mission has implemented strict safety protocols including masks, visors, frequent hand-washing, temperature checks every two hours, plexiglass dividers, physical distancing, a strict quarantine and testing protocol, and requiring administrative staff to work offsite. These measures have helped us avoid pausing any of our essential services including our shelter, hot meals, bagged lunches, and food bank. Our top priority is the safety of our clients, staff, volunteers, donors, and community members.

Unfortunately, yesterday we were notified that 13 shelter clients and 2 staff have tested positive. The current increase in COVID cases in our beloved city has reached a crisis point. To ensure we can continue to maintain our critical food services including daily serving of meals and groceries to hundreds of individuals and families, we have partnered with our City Shelter Support and Housing Administration to move our current overnight shelter clients into other accommodations for 14 days. This will allow our clients and staff to quarantine safely as we clean and sanitize our shelter spaces.

Front Line Worker

Please join us in praying for health and recovery for our clients and staff who have been impacted by this pandemic.
We are committed to ensuring that The Scott Mission can continue to care for vulnerable people in Toronto.

 

 

Here are the programs we are running:

502 Spadina Avenue

  • Meals: Fresh hot meals are being distributed to our clients at the laneway window on the south end of the building. Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Shelter: Men’s Shelter will be temporarily closed for new clients for 14 days. Reopen date to be announced here.
  • Food Bank: Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., closed Wednesday afternoons.
  • Washroom/Shower/Laundry: Postponed until further notice.
  • Clothing Distribution: Open for physically distanced appointments. Please call (416) 923-3916 for an appointment.  
  • Sunday Services and Group Meetings: All group gatherings are cancelled until further notice.
  • Personal Donations of Food and Clothing: We need your help (but we need to take a pause!) During the Province’s latest emergency stay-at-home orders of April 8th, we are not able to collect food, clothing and other gift-in-kind donations. Our distribution of items will continue, so we would appreciate it if you could hold on to items you would like to share for just a little longer. We’ll update this page when we’re able to accept gift-in-kind donations.

    Businesses: if you have items to share in bulk, please contact Arturo at atorres@scottmission.com

1550 O’Connor Drive

  • Food Bank: Open on Tuesdays from 9:00 am until 12:00 p.m.
  • Childcare Centre: Our centre is open and we have spots available for your child. Please call (416) 923-4680 for more information.
  • After School Programs:  At this time our after-school programs are either being held online. For more information, please go to: www.scottmissioncamp.com/city-program/home

Collingwood Retreat Centre & Caledon Camp.

  • Group Bookings: We have postponed all group bookings until further notice.

Many of our supporters and donors have asked what they can do to support The Scott Mission’s clients during this time. During the Province’s current emergency stay-at-home orders, we are not able to collect food, clothing and other gift-in-kind donations. If you would like to provide a financial gift so that we can purchase needed supplies, please donate online at www.scottmission.com, by phone at (416) 923-2400, or by mail at The Scott Mission, 502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2H1.  We are grateful for your care. Please also keep us and our clients in your prayers. This has been an increasingly difficult time for those people who have insecure income or none at all.

To protect our essential front-line staff and clients we continue to restrict the number of people in our buildings. Because of this, we are still not able to open up our volunteer program. Non-essential staff are working remotely. It may take longer for staff to respond to enquiries, we apologize in advance. Our goal is to ensure the safest possible environment for our clients, volunteers, and staff.

We again want to thank the Lord for carrying us through each day.  Let us remember to keep our eyes on Him and pray for each other and those in need.  We pray that God would continue to pour out His mercy and love on us, our city, and our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

In His Service,

Peter Duraisami

Latest Update to Services at The Scott Mission – January 14, 2021

Peter Duraisami

The Scott Mission has cared for vulnerable people in Toronto for over 79 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we have provided services and supports for our clients, but during these uncertain times, we know that our clients rely on us to provide the food, groceries, clothing and shelter that they need.

Our goal has been and continues to be to provide an elevated level of health and safety for our community including clients, volunteers, donors, and staff, while at the same time providing needed services to some of the most vulnerable citizens in Toronto.  Over the past few weeks we have expanded our services as the public health protocols allow:

502 Spadina Avenue

  • Welcome Centres. There is a Welcome Centre at the front doors to greet clients entering the building, provide wellness checks (including temperature checking) and a hand washing station. Another Welcome Centre at the north entrance into the Food Bank where clients will have their temperature taken before entering.
  • Meals:  Fresh hot meals are being distributed to our clients at the laneway window on the south end of the building. We have started to have a small number of clients indoors in our dining room for meals with the proper distancing and Health protocols being taken.
  • Shelter:  After some modifications to comply with public health requirements, our Men’s Shelter is still open with all the proper precautions to provide the safest environment possible.
  • Our Food Bank is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., closed Wednesday afternoons for groceries.
  • Washroom/Shower/Laundry: Our staff team will be managing these services through the front doors of the building.
  • Clothing Distribution: Clothing will be available for emergency cases only.  
  • Sunday Services and Group Meetings: All group gatherings are postponed during this period.
  • Personal Donations of Food and Clothing: We need your help (but we need to take a pause first due to COVID-19!) During the Province’s latest emergency stay-at-home orders of April 8th, we are not able to collect food, clothing and other gift-in-kind donations. Our distribution of items will continue, so we would appreciate it if you could hold on to items you would like to share for just a little longer. We’ll update this page when we’re able to accept in person donations.

    Businesses: if you have items to share in bulk, please contact Arturo at atorres@scottmission.com

1550 O’Connor Drive

  • Our Food Bank is open on Tuesdays from 9:00 am until 12:00 p.m.
  • Childcare Centre: Our Childcare Centre is open and we have spots available for your child. Please call 416-923-4680 for more information.
  • After School Programs:  At this time our after-school programs are either being held online or live with limited participants and full health protection protocols in place. For more information please go to: www.scottmissioncamp.com/city-program/home

Collingwood Retreat Centre & Caledon Camp.

  • Group Bookings: We have postponed all group bookings until further notice.

Many of our supporters and donors have asked what they can do to support The Scott Mission’s clients during this time. During the Province’s latest emergency stay-at-home orders of April 8th, we are not able to collect food, clothing and other gift-in-kind donations. Our distribution of items will continue, so we would appreciate it if you could hold on to items you would like to share for just a little longer. We’ll update this page when we’re able to accept in person donations. If you would like to provide a financial gift so that we can purchase needed supplies, please donate online at www.scottmission.com, by phone at 416-923-2400, or by mail at The Scott Mission, 502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2H1.  We are grateful for your care. Please also keep us and our clients in your prayers.

To protect our essential front-line staff and clients we continue to restrict the number of people in our buildings. Because of this, we are still not able to have volunteers join us at the Mission. Non-essential staff are working remotely. It may take longer for staff to respond to enquiries, we apologize in advance. Our goal is to ensure the safest possible environment for our clients, volunteers, and staff.

We again want to thank the Lord for carrying us through each day.  Let us remember to keep our eyes on Him and pray for each other and those in need.  We pray that God would continue to pour out His love and mercy on us, our city, and our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

In His Service,

Peter Duraisami

Food Bank Update – July 17, 2020

Peter Duraisami

Effective Monday July 20, 2020, our Food Bank at 502 Spadina Avenue will be open longer hours to serve those who come to the Mission. The new Food Bank hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (closed daily for lunch 11:45am – 1pm)
Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 11:45AM only

We again want to thank the Lord for carrying us through each day. Let us remember to keep our eyes on Him and pray for each other and those in need. We pray that God would continue to pour out His love and mercy on us, the City of Toronto, and our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Blessings,

Peter Duraisami

 

Adam Brown

Camp Update – May 19, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we must cancel Scott Mission Camp programs this summer.

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has informed us that overnight camps will not be permitted to operate this summer.

While we are saddened by this cancellation, the health and safety of our campers is our top priority. We know it will be a disappointment for the campers who were looking forward to joining us this summer. We are continuing to look for other ways to provide support and services for our campers and families. We will be in contact with you when any new information is available. Other updates on Scott Mission programs and services can be found at www.scottmission.com

At this point we will be refunding any fees that have been paid. If you have questions about this, email us at registrar@scottmission.com.

We also wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your families.  If you have anything you would like us to pray for, please let us know by filling out our form by clicking HERE.

Blessings,

Adam Brown
Camp Director

 

 

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An Update from Peter Duraisami – March 24, 2020

The Scott Mission has cared for vulnerable people in Toronto for over 78 years. The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we have faced as an organization and society in this period.  During these uncertain times, we know that, now more than ever, our clients rely on us to provide food and shelter.

Our goal is to provide an elevated level of health and safety for our community including clients, volunteers, donors, and staff, while at the same time providing needed services to some of the most vulnerable citizens in Toronto.  Therefore, we have made the following changes to how we are providing our programs, effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.

502 Spadina Avenue

  • Meals:  Pre-cooked, pre-packaged meals will be distributed to-go to our clients at the laneway door on the south end of the building.
  • Shelter:  Our Men’s Shelter is fully open and we are taking all precautions to provide the safest environment possible.
  • Our Food Bank will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. until Noon, for emergency groceries only.
  • Washroom/Shower/Laundry: Our staff team will be managing these services through the front doors of the building.
  • Clothing Distribution: We will be closing our clothing distribution temporarily. Clothing will be available for emergency cases only.  We are also temporarily not accepting donations of gently used clothing.
  • Sunday Services and Group Meetings:  We are postponing all group gatherings during this period.

1550 O’Connor Drive

  • Our Food Bank will be closed until further notice.
  • Childcare Centre:  As part of the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 response, we are temporarily closed.
  • After School Programs:  To align with TDSB’s directive, our after-school programs are temporarily suspended.

Collingwood Retreat Centre & Caledon Camp.

  • Group Bookings: We will be postponing all group bookings for the next several weeks.

Many of our supporters and donors have asked what they can do to support The Scott Mission’s clients during this time. We are currently not able to accept food or clothing donations in person. If you would like to provide a financial gift so that we can purchase needed supplies, please donate online at www.scottmission.com, by phone at 416-923-2400, or by mail at The Scott Mission, 502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2H1.  We are grateful for your care.

As all non-essential staff have been moved off-site to work remotely, it may take us longer to respond to enquiries. We apologize in advance. We are also not able to immediately print donation receipts for donations sent by mail during this period but will send them out as soon as possible. Donations made on-line will be tax receipted immediately by email.

We have also made the difficult decision to cancel all of our volunteer shifts starting on Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.  We are also postponing our volunteer appreciation event originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 22.  Our goal is to ensure the safest possible environment for our clients, volunteers, and staff.

We again want to thank the Lord for carrying us through each day.  Let us remember to keep our eyes on Him and pray for each other and those in need.  We pray that God would continue to pour out His love and mercy on us, the City of Toronto, and our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

In His Service,

Peter Duraisami

An Update from The Scott Mission – March 19, 2020


Yohan Duraisami shares on how The Scott Mission is providing services to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

Tuesday March 17, 2020

The Scott Mission has cared for vulnerable people in Toronto for over 78 years. The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we have faced as an organisation and society in this period.  During these uncertain times, we know that, now more than ever, our clients rely on us to provide food and shelter.

Our goal is to provide an elevated level of health and safety for our community including, clients, volunteers, donors, and staff, while at the same time providing needed services to some of the most vulnerable citizens in Toronto.  Therefore, we have made the following changes to how we are providing our programs, effective Tuesday, March 17 until Sunday, April 5 at our four locations:

502 Spadina Avenue

  • Food Bank: Pre-packaged groceries will be provided to-go to our clients at the front doors located on the northern end of The Scott Mission from 9:00 AM until Noon.
  • Meals:  Pre-cooked, pre-packaged meals will be distributed to-go to our clients at the laneway door on the south end of the building.
  • Shelter:  Our men’s shelter is fully open and we are taking all precautions to provide the safest environment possible.
  • Washroom/Shower/Laundry: Our staff team will be managing these services through the front doors of the building.
  • Clothing Distribution: We will be closing our clothing distribution temporarily. Clothing will be available for emergency cases only.  We are also temporarily not accepting donations of gently used clothing.
  • Sunday Services and Group Meetings:  We are postponing all group gatherings during this period.

1550 O’Connor Drive

  • Food Bank: Pre-packaged groceries will be provided to-go to our clients every Tuesday at the front doors.
  • Childcare Centre:  As part of the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 response, we are temporarily closed.
  • After School Programs:  To align with TDSB’s directive, our after-school programs are temporarily suspended.

Collingwood Retreat Centre & Caledon Camp.

  • Group Bookings: We will be postponing all group bookings for the next several weeks.

Many of our supporters and donors have asked what they can do to support The Scott Mission’s clients during this time.  We have experienced a significant decline in food donations over the past two weeks.  While we would appreciate donations of food, we understand that citizens should remain in their homes during this crisis.  If you would like to provide a financial gift so that we can purchase needed supplies, please donate online at www.scottmission.com, by phone at 416-923-2400, or by mail at The Scott Mission, 502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2H1.  We are grateful for your care.

We have also made the difficult decision to cancel all of our volunteer shifts starting on Wednesday, March 18 until Sunday, April 5.  We are also postponing our volunteer appreciation event originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 22.  Our goal is to ensure the safest possible environment for our clients, volunteers, and staff.

We again want to thank the Lord for carrying us through each day.  Let us remember to keep our eyes on Him and pray for each other and those in need.  We pray that God would continue to pour out His love and mercy on us, the City of Toronto, and our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

In His Service,

Peter Duraisami

Friday March 13, 2020

The Scott Mission is deeply concerned about the wellbeing of our clients, volunteers, donors, community members, and staff. We appreciate your ongoing support during the COVID-19 pandemic as we take extra measures to ensure safety for our community. Our clients are amongst some of the most vulnerable in Toronto and we are committed to responsibly and safely continuing our services during this time.

As of today, the risk of local community transmission is low. However, we are taking extra steps to ensure proper care should the virus become more widespread. Currently, we are:

  • Monitoring the situation daily, and updating our responses as needed, in consultation with Toronto Public Health, Toronto Shelter Network, and The Scott Mission’s Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Ensuring clients, staff, volunteers, visitors, and community members are practicing everyday prevention actions
  • Increasing sanitization of surfaces in all public areas and ensuring availability of hand washing facilities, hand sanitizer, tissues, and gloves
  • Ensuring that all staff members or volunteers stay home if they have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing
  • Requesting that anyone who has recently returned from travel from a country that public health officials have deemed to be high risk, or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive, follow Public Health Ontario recommendations

We have modified our core programs to safely deliver services to our clients and community members. At the same time, we are still moving forward with all scheduled volunteer shifts at The Scott Mission. If you are a volunteer and concerned about your shift, please contact Alexandra at (416) 923-8872 ext. 242. If you are feeling unwell or have travelled in the last two weeks to a country deemed high risk, we ask that you let us know that you will be staying home.

The Scott Mission has cared for our community for over 78 years. While these are uncertain times, we are committed to continuing to meet the needs of our neighbours in Toronto. Please join us in praying for those around the world affected by COVID-19 and for protection for our community.

In His Service,

Peter Duraisami