Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold provides shelter beds, meals, showers, transportation to the homeless. Our agency partners with 13 interfaith communities in York Region utilizing over 1,200 volunteers to deliver services.
Due to COVID-19 we closed our shelters on March 15 in order to protect our partner communities and volunteers. But we could not with a clear conscience allow our homeless guests to be outdoors. Due to the kindness and courage of Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, the Mennonites of Markham, and MIOTC staff, we opened 1 shelter on March 15 at a Mennonite Church with limited beds.
While the Out of the Cold program normally closes on March 31st, we have decided to extend our shelter services until the end of April 2020.
Our staff have been incredible being on the front line, but it has been a very difficult time for us and our guests. We are heartbroken that we have to turn people away over our capacity. Homeless people have no where to go, to sleep, eat, shower or spend their days. The streets, libraries, coffee shops and parks are their "home" , but not anymore. We have seen the fear, anxiety, frustration, and anger among our guests. Some are lucky to get a bed now through limited shelters, but many are struggling to find shelter and food.
These are difficult times for everyone, but the most vulnerable are the homeless. We are trying our best to keep as many beds open as possible, while keeping our guests and staff safe.
We need help. Critical supplies are gone and our front line staff need supplies such as protective equipment, sanitizing supplies and groceries.
Donations will go towards critical supplies needed to keep the shelter operating during COVID-19.