History of Homeward Family Shelter o/a Julliette's Place

Homeward Family Shelter was an initiative spear-headed by a group of community minded individuals who either worked or lived in the then City of Scarborough. A number of the said individuals served as members of the Board of Directors of the operational facility.

Funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Housing, Homeward Family Shelter opened its doors on June 18th, 1990.
It is the first known facility of its kind in Toronto designed specifically as a shelter.

The 35-bed facility is one of the largest single shelters in operation to date

Operating from a Collective Model, the Not-for-profit organization originally provided emergency shelter and support services to abused women with children and homeless families in North East Scarborough and neighbouring cities.

Shortly after opening the organization revised it's mandate to provide services to abused women and children only.

In July 1994 the shelter become unionized and in the same year the first Executive Director was hired.

On the Mother's day week end of 1996, Homeward Family Shelter, lost an ex-resident, Juliet Reynolds. She was murdered by her estranged partner and abuser.

In 1997 the organization sought and was granted the legal right to operate as Julliette's Place in Memory of Juliet Reynolds. However, the corporate name of the organization remains Homeward Family Shelter.

The 2000's saw a number of firsts for the organization:

  • In 2000 the organization broke the shelter tradition and began to intake male children over the age of 16 years.
  • In March of 2001 the first Manager of Administration and Finance was hired through an internal recruit.
  • In January of 2006 the first Manager of Programs and Services was hired.
  • Also during this period the organization, in it's endeavor to provide the highest quality of services to its residents, expanded the staffing complement to include a Legal/Court Support worker and an Outreach Worker.
  • In 2014 a Children's Programmer joined the Children's Advocates.

     


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