Programs We Support
Proceeds from Hockey Helps the Homeless focus on two areas:
1) Front Line Support Projects where trust is so crucial to building relationships with the homeless. Our Legacy started with the disbursement of Survival Kits on the Streets and has grown to purchasing mobile homes and vans for street outreach workers to use in ministering to the homeless.
Examples of Frontline Projects Include:
Welcome Hall Mission: Jim Lund Dental Clinic, Education and Employability, Welcome Hall Apartments, Children's Services, Men's Mission, Family Services, Youth Services. To learn more, click here.
Info Mission: Volume 10, Fall 2012
" Homelessness: Meeting the needs and offering solutions to help rebuild lives"
Benedict Labre House: Purchased van to transport food and clothing
Shelters: Hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of desperately needed furniture, food, goods and services
Light Patrol’s Curb Light: Purchased a Mobile Home used as a mobile outreach program that travels within Toronto’s inner city searching out and assisting youth who are on the extreme margins of society.
May 5, 2012: Gary Scullion and Mark Kocaurek of HHTH present cheque for $25,000 to Light Patrol's Managing Director - John Casells in support of their Safe Light and Health Light Program.
Survival Kits: Since 1996, we have handed out more than 15,000 kits that include sleeping bags, gloves, hats, socks, scarves, sleeping bags, toiletries and food snacks
2) Reintegration and Transitional Projects that provide innovative and structured initiatives for homeless people preparing to reintegrate into mainstream society. This includes funding for building projects such as libraries, computer rooms, personal hygiene facilities, physical fitness rooms, AA and NA meeting rooms as well as funds for purchasing fridges, freezers and furniture for transitional housing units.
Examples of Reintegration and Transition Projects Include:
This holiday season, clients at The Salvation Army Gateway Men's Shelter in downtown Toronto will receive the gift of dignity, respect and recovery all in the form of a special care package aimed at helping them transition from the shelter system and into their own apartments.
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta will use their funds from HHTH to assist in their Montgomery four-plex project.
On Saturday, November 17th, 2012 employees and volunteers from Gateway and The Salvation Army Oakville Recycling Centre spent much of the day preparing the kits which included essentials, such as pots, pans, utensils, toiletries and linens. A total of 96 kits were packaged to help give the men a head start in their new life.
In 2011 HHTH made a generous donation to Inn From the Cold Newmarket (IFTC) to help fund a new Employment Project. In early 2012, IFTC began offering employment opportunities for its guests who have nothing to do during the day. The Employment Project matches people of various skills and capabilities with a job opportunities initially through a non-site internship program. The internships include maintenance, food handling and preparation, a catering business and an administrative program. Some of their participants will move on to a separate "externship" program with partner corporations, while others will remain and work in their additional Alternative Business Program in partnership with Georgian College. This program will help teach necessary life skills to IFTC guests, including at-risk community members and homeless guests, who will contribute through voluntary and/or paid jobs.
Welcome Hall Mission: Purchased a 3rd Dentist Chair for a new project offering free dental work to the homeless in St. Henri, Montreal
Avenue 15: Refurbished the 2nd floor of the building that accommodates 8 bedrooms. Support included the costs of new furniture, wall repairs, new paint, new doors as well as renovating bathroom facilities
Training: Supplied 8 laptops, cable locks, routers and covered the costs of computer training programs
Partnered with Markham's Kylemore Communities Hockey with Heart in furnished 6 Apartments in Markham’s “Tony Wong Place” used to house homeless teens and young adults as they transition back into school or to work
YWCA Calgary , replaced an outdated and broken HVAC system and furnished 18new rooms that will be used as transitional apartments for women coming off the streets
Rain City Housing and Support Society Vancouver supplied new windows to the premise used for housing and support
Salvation Army gateway Toronto purchased the contents of 100 "Starter Kits" consisting of sheets, towels, toiletries, a pillow, kitchen supplies, and other essentials for previously homeless persons to get a fresh start at life in a new apartment