Sistering
Drop Ins

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Bloor West 24/7 Drop In

In November 2015, Sistering’s Drop In opened 24/7, 365 days a year, thanks to City of Toronto funding. Extended Drop In hours were approved by the City to address concern about the increased number of vulnerable women who could not access shelter due to a variety of complex issues, and/or who experience crisis and need a safe haven devoted to the ongoing care of women. A core Sistering belief is that women with lived experience are key to enriching the foundations of our Drop In services. Sistering has hired Peer Drop In Workers to interact with, and provide support to, participants in the evening hours. Peer Outreach Workers engage women in the Toronto West Central area in the evening/night hours, and provide valuable resources and information about Sistering’s programming.

The Drop In Community Support team offers programs that meet a variety of needs as identified by participants including games, movies, art therapy, social groups, stretching, pet care and aesthetic services.

Sistering is a low barrier agency. When women come to Sistering they expect us to do something right here, right now. And we do.

We Provide:

  • Three hot meals, soup and sandwiches overnight
  • Showers and laundry facilities
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Telephones, Internet access and mailing address
  • Crisis intervention and trauma informed counselling
  • Harm reduction support and supplies
  • Peer support groups in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Information, referral and accompaniment to social assistance, legal aid, doctors and other appointments
  • Onsite access to primary healthcare with general practitioners, psychiatrist and nurse
  • Onsite access to a Settlement Worker and immigration lawyer
  • The 24/7 Drop In is pet friendly

Parkdale Drop In

This program is open five days a week and serves marginalized and senior women. The program also supports the specific needs of vulnerable newcomers and immigrant women.

We Provide:

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Wellbeing workshops
  • With partners, health education and violence against women programs
  • Individual case support

Regardless of her circumstances, we believe that every woman deserves a hot meal, a shower, a change of clothes and a respectful welcome.

International Womens' Day 2013 "Illuminating Invisibilities"