Toronto, ON - In April 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, Covenant House Toronto was able to make much-needed upgrades to its building infrastructure with the Ontario Trillium Foundation's help. Thanks to a $63,000 Capital grant awarded in late 2019 by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the agency was able to replace its ageing heating and cooling system, which had been in operation for nearly 20 years.
“These upgrades to Covenant House are great news for the young people who turn to Covenant House for help,” said Suze Morrison, MPP Toronto Centre. “Covenant House will be able to keep youth and staff safe and comfortable for years to come.”
Three rooftop units heat and cool Covenant House’s 50,000 square foot building on Gerrard Street, which houses the crisis shelter, drop-in centre and health care clinic, in addition to other necessary programming for young people ages 16-24.
“We are very grateful for the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s support because it allows us to make upgrades that will extend the life of our facility,” said Mark Aston, Executive Director of Covenant House Toronto. “This support is critical to our agency, helping us maintain essential services for vulnerable youth when they need it most.”
Covenant House helps youth ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, they offer the widest range of 24-7 services to more than 300 young people each day.
Since 1982, Covenant House has supported more than 100,000 young people.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca.
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