What we do

Improving Health Outcomes

Some of the Guests are new to this life in the margins, but the vast majority of the Guests have been struggling with complex issues for as long as they can remember – abuse, mental illness, addiction, PTSD, physical disabilities, and more. Many of them have been on the streets since childhood and we know that these complex issues cannot be treated with food alone. Nourishment is just one part of the puzzle, as we help the Guests piece their lives back together. Through collaborative partnerships, we offer primary health and social services via a team of professionals on-site who give the Guests the physical and psychological support they so desperately need.

Primary Health Care Services

We have a clinical space where the Guests can see a doctor, a nurse, a dentist, a dental hygienist, or a social worker – something many of us take for granted, but something many of the Guests face barriers when trying to access. Medical professionals, med students and residents give their time to help the Guests deal with chronic or mental illness, crisis intervention and more.


The struggles of the Guests are complex and often devastating. It can seem impossible for them to see a light at the end of the tunnel. However, receiving guidance from someone who understands can help a great deal. Working with community partners to provide the necessary supports, our team creates a non-judgemental, safe space for Guests as we guide them in their journey.

Finding Housing

Many of the Guests live in housing that is precarious and high risk. Some of them sleep in garages and alleyways. The Gathering Place offers an overnight emergency shelter for 30 Guests every night, offering them a safe and clean place to lay their heads. Navigating the housing system can be difficult, especially for those with limited communication skills and mental health issues, so our Social Workers work hard to secure decent housing for the Guests on their behalf. We are currently working on a 40-bed permanent overnight shelter (O’Callaghan’s Haven), as well as transitional and supportive housing through the soon to be completed (2024) Mercy House Project.