How We Help
A place to sleep, a nourishing meal and a hot shower - at Florence Booth House, tending to women’s basic needs is one of the most important parts of our work.
Women often arrive at Florence Booth House with the clothes they are wearing and little else. So the first step is to provide them with clean clothes, hygiene products and a hot shower. We ensure that all clients’ basic needs are met for as long as they require support. This includes access to our Salvation Army Thrift Store where they can get any clothing they need free of charge. We also provide onsite laundry.
Florence Booth House has 64 shelter beds in a dormitory-style setting. We provide blankets and linens which are laundered once a week by Gateway Linens, a social enterprise which employs individuals from The Salvation Army’s Gateway Shelter for men experiencing homelessness. Along with a bed, each client gets a locker for the safekeeping of her belongings.
Florence Booth House provides each client with breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon and evening snacks. Meals are planned with clients’ food preferences in mind in alignment with the Canada Food Guide. We also provide bagged lunches for women who work offsite.
Florence Booth House is part of the larger Salvation Army community. But, it is also a vital part of a family of care in the Queen/Bathurst neighbourhood. With our partners we endeavour to provide our clients with everything they need to get back on their feet. Our community partners include:
Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports (THHS)
The Salvation Army in Toronto operates six shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Florence Booth House is one of these six shelters providing basic needs for food, shelter and clothing, as well as pastoral care, addictions counselling and housing help. Other THHS shelters include: