The Meeting Place
History of the Meeting Place Adult Drop-in
†The Meeting Place Adult Drop-in started in a small, upstairs room at 761 Queen St. West in Toronto. The Meeting Place was open for one afternoon a week in 1986. The numbers of people using the drop-in grew quickly. Over 130 people per day used the drop-in between 1987 and 1995. In time the drop-in space moved to the main floor. There we built a small staff office. We also built a kitchen for the members to use to make their own meals. By 1987, the Meeting Place was open 5 days per week. In the winter of 1989 the hours grew to include Saturdays and Sundays from November 1st to April 30th.
In 1995, after spending 1-year at St. Mathias Church on Bellwoods Ave., the Meeting Place moved to our present location at 588 Queen St. West. Here we see around 200 people per day. We still offer many programs and services. We work hard to stop the low opinion some people have of homeless and low-income people. Most of the members of the Meeting Place share a long history in the Bathurst and Queen neighbourhood.
They feel that this is their community.
St. Christopher House started the drop-in program because of a needs assessment done by a University of Toronto placement student. This information showed that there was a growing number of homeless men and women living in temporary shelters. These homeless persons were left with no space to go to during the day. (Most shelters and hostels have clients stay outside the building during the day). Some people have a low opinion of homeless persons because there is not enough inexpensive housing or social assistance and too much unemployment. Homeless men and women sometimes feel social alienation and social isolation (feeling lonely and different from the rest of the community). The main goal of the Meeting Place has always been to lower social isolation. We work to increase access to income through advocacy, public education and skills development. Using a community development approach, the Meeting Place staff and members work together to remove problems that keep people from housing and income. Staff and members also work to create a community space that offers safety, security and access to basic needs.
Meeting Place Adult Drop-in:†Hours of Operation
May 1st to October 31st: The Meeting Place is open Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.†
November 1st to April 30th: The Meeting Place is open everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Meeting Place offers:
- Laundry and showers
- A place to cook and store food
- Computer, Internet and e-mail access
- Telephones, fax, photocopying, mail and message services
- Counseling, referral and crisis intervention
- A place to store personal belongings
- Weekly Housing Worker
- Weekly Legal Worker to help with landlord/tenant problems, Ontario Disability and Support Program, and Ontario Works
- Weekly Membersí Meeting
Programs offered by the Meeting Place are:
- Camera Club
- Community Kitchen
- First Nations Craft Group
- Woodworking Shop
- Welding Art Program
- Odd Jobbers
- Courier Service
- Art Group
- Silk Screening
- Regular Outings
Please follow the links for lots more information about everything the Meeting Place has to offer!