Annual Report 2018-2019

Building on the Legacy of Eva Smith

Looking back to look ahead

A History Rooted in Community

Our organization’s innovative approach to ending youth homelessness started with our founder Eva Smith.  Her legacy remains central to the work we do.

We are more than a shelter

A Year of Success

Innovation is the core of everything we do at Eva’s.  We continue to offer innovative programming to support young people experiencing homeless as they work to build a life of inter-dependence. Use the arrows, or swipe, to see our work.

By the numbers

Lives are transformed at Eva’s

At Eva’s we meet young people where they are at. Learn more about the young people we serve.

We work with youth aged 16-24 years old, any young person experiencing homelessness.

Like all shelters across the City of Toronto, Eva’s sees an over-representation of Black and Indigenous young people.

There is also over-representation of LGBTQ2S+, gender fluid and trans identifying youth and their intersectional identities.

Newcomers and refugee claimants represent a significant increase in our demographics.

1,181 Residents found shelter and safety at Eva’s


469 at Satellite


183 at Phoenix


529 at Place

409 Young people supported in their educational goals


Youth completed high school


Youth attended post-secondary


Youth completed vocational/trade/employment training programs


Young people participated in Life Skills programing



youth served by Eva’s Family Reconnect Program


youth received employment training

162 youth participated in Training & Employment programs


Young people participated in the Construction & Building Maintenance Program


Young people succeeded in the in Employment Program


Young people participated in Graphic Communications and Print Technologies training program

Our Caring Community

Thank You to All Our Donors!

Eva’s is pleased to recognize our many wonderful donors and supporters who contributed between October 1, 2018 and September 20, 2019. We are extremely grateful for your commitment and support. We would also like to acknowledge and thank those donors who wish to remain anonymous.  Thank you all.

FOUNDER: $500,000 - $750,000
  • P. and L. Odette Charitable Foundation
  • Hockey Helps the Homeless
BENEFACTOR: $100,000 - $499,999
  • The Sprott Foundation
  • Union Lighting & Furnishings
  • The Home Depot Canada Foundation
CHAMPION: $40,000 - $74,999
  • Scotiabank
  • The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
  • Peter Gilgan Foundation
  • Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
  • Canso Investment Counsel Ltd.
  • Greater Toronto Airport Authority
  • GTAA Propeller P
  • Symcor Inc.
  • State Street Trust Corporation
  • Mealshare
ADVOCATE: $10,000 - $39,999
  • TD Securities Underwriting Hope Charity Auction
  • The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
  • Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
  • CCL Industries Inc.
  • J. Armand Bombardier Foundation
  • The Harold E. Ballard Foundation
  • Shorcan Brokers Limited
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • PwC Canada Foundation
  • Evangel Hall Mission
  • Anonymous
  • Oxford Properties
  • Robert and Ellen Eisenberg
  • Estate of Marilyn Cronyn
  • Holdbest Foundation
  • Medavie Health Foundation
  • Patrick Hodgson Family Foundation
  • Shelagh and David Wilson Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • TELUS and TELUS Team Members
  • The McDonald Family
  • W.C. Kitchen Family Foundation
  • NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada Ltd.
  • Patrick Priestner
  • RBC Foundation
  • The John and Pat McCutcheon Charitable Foundation
  • Yardi Systems Inc.
  • Lay Family Foundation at Toronto Foundation
  • E.W. Bickle Foundation
  • TEF, a program of United Way of Greater Toronto
  • Govan Brown
  • The Tippet Foundation
  • TAG Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto
  • Averbach Family Foundation
  • Barbara Hooper
  • Green Living Enterprises
  • Disa Almeida
  • EllisDon Corporation
  • Home Trust Company
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.
  • John and Jocelyn Barford Family Foundation
  • Kinross Gold Corporation
  • Re/Mx Real Estate Centre, My Investment Brokers
  • Schachter Family Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • The Conn Smythe Foundation
  • The Cowan Foundation
  • The Henry and Berenice Kaufman Foundation
  • The Legends League Inc
  • The Willowool Foundation
  • Traquair Family Foundation
PARTNER: $5,000 - $9,999
  • Marty Cutler & Marilyn Minden
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Chris Stevens
  • Freedom International Brokerage Company
  • The Jesslin Group Ltd.
  • The Serendipity Foundation
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Avison Young Commercial Real Estate
  • Carpenters & Allied Workers Local 27
  • CBRE Limited
  • Marc Morisset
  • Centennial College
  • Taylor Advisory Services Inc
  • Lisa Purves
  • Konica Minolta
  • Alfonso Casciato
  • Brookfield Partners Foundation
  • Collings Family Foundation
  • Dawn Tattle Family Foundation
  • Diane Horton
  • First Gulf Corporation
  • Graeme & Diane Young
  • J.P. Bickell Foundation
  • Jacma Foundation
  • Kerry and Mandy Shapansky Foundation
  • Kresho and Cris Petrovich
  • Leanne & George Lewis
  • Martine Irman
  • Naomi McCormack
  • The George Kostiuk Family Private Foundation
  • The Harry E. Foster Charitable Foundation
  • The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation
  • The McLean Foundation
  • The Mitchell and Kathryn Baran Family Foundation
  • The Walmley Foundation
  • Urbanspace Property Group
FRIEND: $1,000 - $4,999
  • John & Marian Taylor Family Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • Allied Properties REIT
  • CIBC
  • John MacDonald and the Speranza Foundation
  • Michael Feldman & Nanette Rosen
  • Margaret Chow
  • Carol Electric
  • EY
  • KingSett Capital
  • Adrian Ishak
  • Salesforce
  • ReGenerate Design Inc
  • Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation
  • Colfer Family Foundation
  • CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish
  • Emree Siaroff and Krista Wylie
  • Gord & Doreen King
  • Nancy Carlesso
  • Robin Heintzman & Gordon Currie
  • The Mariano Elia Foundation
  • The Walker Lynch Foundation
  • Vincenta Cheng
  • Vicki Rodgers
  • Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation
  • Bill & Erin Furlong
  • Canadian Caribbean Amateur Golfers Association
  • Colliers International
  • Generation Capital LTD.
  • Greenwin Inc.
  • James Van Sickle
  • Leslie & Grete Miller
  • Louis Biasin and Louise Smith
  • Lululemon Athletica
  • Mark Petrie
  • McCarthy Tétrault Foundation
  • Michael Cruickshank
  • Nedco Ontario
  • The University of Western Ontario
  • Thorpe Family Foundation at Toronto Foundation
  • Kingsway-Lambton United Church
  • Ken Silver
  • Ian Large
  • Daniel Kane
  • Teresa Heffernan
  • Beacon Talent Group
  • Beth Robertson
  • Dennis Starritt
  • Flat Iron Building Group Inc.
  • GTA Canadian Tire Dealers
  • Heather Mason-Wood
  • Jacqueline Allard
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • John Tanfield
  • Judith Gage
  • K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation
  • Karen Higgins
  • Linda Martin
  • Magda Ishak
  • Rotary Club of Willowdale
  • Ruth Mandel
  • Simon Bright
  • The BLG Foundation
  • The Dawson Family Sharing Foundation
  • The Robert Campeau Family Foundation
  • First Christian Reformed Church of Toronto
  • Harry Aronowicz
  • John Knechtel
  • Christopher Lawrence
  • Geoffrey B. Scott Memorial Fund
  • Nikhil Handa
  • Kunal Shah
  • Jenn Ocampo-King
  • Lee Anne Downey
  • Andrew Chung
  • Gap Inc. Employee’s Personal Contributions
  • The Norman and Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation
  • Zee Kid and Jesslin Tan Leung
  • Zachary Steinhart
  • Daniel Ferguson
  • Rachel Noonan
  • Harriet Chepesiuk
  • Martha MacNeil
  • Alexander Percel
  • Alpema Foundation
  • Beryl’s Pepper Pot
  • Crown Realty Partners
  • David Chernos
  • Gonzalo and Barbara Escoto
  • Katherine Munro
  • Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation
  • Rick Headrick
  • Hanson Intl. Education & Employment Services LTD.
  • Fairview Church of God
  • Jane Haberbusch
  • Jocelyn Kolkman
  • Margaret and Gordon Fleming Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • Evelyn Gallardo
  • Nancy Loveless
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc.
  • Akif Unal
  • Frank Scriver
  • Kris and Doug Sharpe
  • Roger Murphy
  • Galleria Supermarket
  • Mindshare
  • Jennifer Morris
  • Victor Spear
  • Barbara Sullivan
  • Jeffrey Cheng
  • Nicole Schulmanq
  • Trez Capital L.P.
  • Marie Sydney
  • Accurate Screen & Grating
  • Adam Kepecs
  • Alessandro Muto
  • Andrea Kusters
  • Andrew Becker
  • Andrew McGuffin
  • BentallGreenOak (Canada) Limited Partnership
  • Bishop P.F. Reding Secondary School
  • Blythe Academy
  • Bruce Langstroth
  • Cindy Graham
  • Daphne Milner
  • David Wills
  • Deborah Douma
  • Devencore
  • Dream Office REIT
  • Energy Shack Juice Bar
  • Falcon Lumber LTD
  • Gillanders
  • Gion Marles
  • GWL Realty Advisors
  • Highcourt Partners Ltd.
  • Ian and Michelle Pearce
  • IBI Group
  • J.S. Cheng & Partners Inc.
  • Jacqueline Elliott
  • Janice Smith
  • Jay Smales
  • JLL
  • Joe Hoover
  • Leslie Jones
  • Love Family Trust
  • Manny Mounouchos
  • Martine Brouillet
  • Nathaniel Lowbeer-Lewis
  • Nel Debruyn
  • PPI Management Inc.
  • QuadReal
  • R and M Lang Foundation
  • Rand Kildare Charitable Foundation
  • Rubin Thomlinson LLP
  • Smith + Andersen
  • Smith + Andersen
  • Styles Family Foundation
  • Sukrit Ganguly
  • Suzanne Dubeau
  • The Beer Store
  • The Henry White Kinnear Foundation
  • The Mendelson Family Foundation
  • Urban Capital Developments Inc
  • Urban Capital Property Group
  • Vandewater Charitable Foundation at Toronto Foundation
  • Victoria Hazel Carlile
  • WeWork

Eva's Community Partners

Community was how Eva’s was founded and it is how we continue to do the work we do. We can’t do it alone. We are grateful to all our community partners and would like to acknowledge the hard work and significant impact they make as we work hand in hand to ensure young people experiencing homelessness can build brighter futures.

These invaluable partners include:

APLUS Institute

Breaking the Cycle

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

CHEERS Mentorship Program

Chit Chat Hearing

Covenant House Toronto

Egale Canada

FOCUS Community Mental Health Team

Horizons for Youth

Inner City Health Associates

Kennedy House Youth Services Inc.

Rhema Christian Ministries

Social Enterprise Toronto

Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness

Toronto Public Health

Yonge Street Mission Toronto

Youth Without Shelter

Youth Shelter Interagency Network

A Way Home Canada and the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

Community Matters

East Metro Youth Services

FOCUS Community Mental Health Team

Hockey Helps the Homeless

Inclusive Love Inc.

Justice for Children and Youth


Toronto Youth Partnership & Employment Program

Social Planning Council of Toronto

Toronto Harm Reduction Network

Turning Point Youth Shelter

Youth Empowerment Project


Eva's Young People

Like all young people, youth experiencing homelessness are extremely creative and talented. Our recreation program is key to providing young people with an outlet to express themselves, while also giving them much needed respite. This year our youth participated in a number of fun, therapeutic and engaging recreational activities…letting their creative juices and spirits blossom!

Eva's event highlights

Eva’s Home for Life

Hosted by Colin Lewis McAllister and Justin Patrick Ryan (June 20, 2019)

Eva’s Golf Classic

Dedicated Golfers teed off for Eva’s, to raise much needed funds for safe shelter, meals, and 24/7 support (September 13, 2019)

Eva’s Taste Matters

Presented by TD, hosted by Chef Brad Long, (October 16, 2018)

Hockey Helps the Homeless – Bay Street Tournament

A face off of hockey pros and hockey lovers for a fun and competitive game all designed to raise critical funds for Eva’s. (April 13, 2019)

Eva’s is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient, and healthy lives.

To learn more about Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth: