Eleanor is a regular at the Thursday Women’s Drop-in at All Saints Church – Community Centre. She is very outgoing and has a twinkle in her eye that helps to hide the pain she suffers from chronic medical conditions. When I asked her about the difference that All Saints makes in her
All Saints is a place where people can be themselves. At All Saints, we meet people where they are, not where we want them to be. Virtually all our community members have survived multiple traumas, and many relive those traumas daily. Experts say trauma isn’t so much events themselves as
Lashana is a drop-in worker and peer volunteer supervisor. To her, All Saints is a place of refuge. She says, “folks that come in to see us are at their all time low. Here at All Saints, there are no expectations, no restrictions, anyone is welcome through the door. We
When Anne-Marie first came to All Saints, she was living in a shelter. “It was awful,” she says. “I couldn’t speak to my mom and dad about it.” Staff at All Saints facilitated Anne-Marie’s move into supportive housing and her transition to independent living. “I’m disabled,” she explains. “They help
All Saints’ doors are always open for us, whether you are hungry, angry or sad. Staff are always on heels and ready to help in whatever way necessary. I believe that All Saints’ runs off mutual respect for participants to participants and staff to participants especially given the fact that we
When Lucy walked into the Friday Women’s Drop-In for the ﬁrst time, I was struck by her very cool, high-heeled shoes. The Friday Women’s Drop-In at All Saints’ serves female sex workers and drug addicts and now, increasingly, a number of transgender women who live and work in the area.