City Street Outreach which started as The Toronto Blanket Ministry in November 2010 was founded by a group of friends mostly from the Scarborough area, with an expanded mission to help people in need mainly in the GTA, and secondarily to the less fortunate globally.
The concept of the Toronto Blanket Ministry began with a recurring dream that Alexander Smirnis kept receiving from the summer months of 2010 through to November, of being escorted through abandoned buildings with the focus on closed door rooms that were full of stacked blankets. The end of the dreams comes on a fateful November morning after a lucid dream of the same. That morning perplexed with its clarity. He walked down the stairs in deep contemplation and saw the snow pouring down hard, winds buffering the windows and realized the temperature had plummeted. He believes God was saying "go help my children"; and he responded.
Considering all the logistics. It was a Monday, Alex began assembling blankets, sheets, a sleeping bag and ventured to our city's core. This became a weekly journey and eventually others felt led to get involved. Now many groups contribute, along with neighbours, friends and family to preserve life and increase the care for the less fortunate; loving the orphans and widows of our streets, and the less fortunate in need within TCH communities.
As of April 20th, every Thursday night a team of volunteers will provide prayer, food, water, blankets, clothing, and other daily neccesities beginning at City Hall 6:00 - 6:30pm. Then patrol the downtown core seeking homeless friends and afterwards visit several TCH communities.
Caring for the poor and marginalized throughout the city of Toronto.
Provide provisions to clothe and feed those in need twice a week in different communities.
Provide a better outlook in life day to day in a person's life.
Registered Non-Profit Charity #824333132
First and foremost, prayers for our ministry and the people we support weekly are most appreciated. Online donations are made through WWW.CANADAHELPS.ORG.
Cheques payable to "City Street Outreach" can be mailed to
35 Brian Peck Crescent, Suite #1508, Toronto, ON M4G 4J7
Weekly needs are:
blankets, wipes, socks, storage incl. refrigerated space, volunteers/drivers and locations of the homeless on the streets in the evenings
Donated goods can be arranged for pickup, please call/text 416.834.7736.
Thank you for your support.
City Street Outreach would like to thank everyone for their support. A special thanks goes out to these businesses who have supported our mission significantly in the past and whom continue to support us today.
The Birchcliff Coffee Bar - 1666 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1N 1S5
Brick Street Bakery - Distillery District - 27 Trinity Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Brick Street Bakery - Leslieville at Logan - 255 Logan Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 3J2
Charmaine Sweets - 115 Vanderhoof Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4G 4B4
COBS Bread (Danforth) - 156 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1
Little Caesars Pizza - 2475 Kingston Road East, Toronto, ON M1N 1V4
All Saints Catholic Elementary School
Mark's - Stouffville
MEC - Mountain Equipment Co-op
Running Free Markham - 708 Denison Street, Markham, ON L3R 1C1
If you know of, or work for, any manufacturers or businesses that have may have items to donate - please don't hesitate contact us at 416.834.7736 to arrange pickup. Thank you for making a difference.