“I was brought to Canada for surgery after being shot in an ambush for my political reporting. I don’t think I would have survived without the compassionate refuge I found at Sojourn House.”
Henry was a respected journalist in Uganda and managed a large, religious broadcasting network. After being shot, he was brought to Canada where he found Sojourn House, the largest refugee shelter in Toronto. Now fully recovered and employed, Henry hopes to see his family again soon.
“The world is full of really good people who are down on their luck and you just never know who they might be.”
Ernie, an 80-year-old pensioner found himself homeless after a flood in his apartment. Having nothing but the clothes on his back, he wound up at Seaton House, a shelter for men. Thanks to the efforts of a Toronto housing worker, Ernie now has a permanent home in Birchmount Residence, a supportive housing facility for men over age 55.
"I'm willing to help myself. But the biggest problem was always trying to get a break. I just look at it as an opportunity to do something I love and have the life normal people have."
Todd, age 42 had a history of drifting between shelters and low-paying jobs, when he found the Transitions to Work program offered at Fort York Residence, a Toronto shelter with an employment program. Now, while living at the shelter, he is training to become a chef through George Brown College and looking forward to a sustainable career and a home of his own.