A New Model of Compassion & Creativity

Recognizing the importance of community in people's lives at the crossroads

Our Places

Dignity & Belonging

6 St. Joseph House

6 St. Joseph House operates the ‘Yellow Door Learning Centre’. Many of our facilitators are volunteers who themselves have struggled with addiction and/or mental illness. These individuals provide over 40 art & wellness courses at our learning centre at 6 St Joseph House. One participant at the ‘Gratitude workshop’ says, “I thank the Creator every day.” Another at the table, a man with a humble demeanour and slight build, quickly adds: “If we receive gratitude the right way, we can receive even more”.

At 6 St. Joseph House, individuals are invited into a place of hospitality built on a model of shared learning, where each person’s talents are empowered and celebrated. And ultimately, these individuals will give to others what they experience themselves: the dignity of accomplishment, the pride of contributing, and the comfort of friends.

This model of taking positive steps towards rebuilding the lives of individuals taps the “genius of local communities”, and builds on the contributions of the people who volunteer at 6 St Joseph House. We have seen that ‘to belong,' people must experience unforced, unpaid support and acceptance, and be encouraged, in a safe emotional environment, to come to acknowledge and share with others their own gifts.

Seeds of Hope operates an effective peer-based model that is relatively low cost and can transition individuals who have become homeless due to mental health and/or addiction challenges. This model has enabled Seeds of Hope to be responsive to community needs and to operate without government funding. The results are transformative in helping individuals, who may have previously felt socially exiled. We see many examples where individuals are able to re-build their lives and re-enter community with a sense of purpose and self-worth.

Healing & Recovery

Healing Garden: Carrot Green Roof

The Carrot Green Roof evolved from a diverse collective of humanitarians coming together to engage with nature, each other, and our community. The garden was built largely by people in second stage recovery who resided in our Broadview Homes, and is planted and harvested by a vast array of community groups and individuals including our women’s shelter ‘Lazarus House’ and those from 6 St. Joseph House, who are seeking community and healing from isolation, mental illness, addiction, and poverty.

We grow food and medicinal teas and herbs that are used to improve the health and vitality of people in our community.

Shelter: Lazarus House

Lazarus House provides transitional housing, up to 6 months, for women living with mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. The goal of the program is to assist these individuals in addressing their immediate physical and mental health needs and to secure long-term housing. Lazarus House works in partnership with Streets to Homes and partnering agencies.

Who are Lazarus House - Transitional Housing Services for?

  • Homeless women, 18 years of age and older, who are living with mental illness and can be safely supported in the community

Addiction Recovery: Broadview Houses

This housing initiative at 682, 686 & 688 Broadview Ave. is an abstinence-based supportive housing model for individuals in the early stages of recovery from addiction.

We provide our residents the opportunity to live in a structured, supportive and compassionate environment for a period of up to 11 months. Rent is geared to income.

We provide ongoing counselling and guidance to assist with the transition from active addiction to the creation of a life in recovery.

Please donate

You will have the option to designate your donation to any of the following Seeds of Hope initiatives: