Friends Of Ruby - Donate With Moss - Moss Danforth

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Friends Of Ruby - Donate With Moss

Amount

Moss will be matching every dollar donated up to $1000.

Who they are:

Friends of Ruby is a Toronto based independent charity founded in 2014 working to meet the needs of the LGBTQI2S youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Moved to action by the "Not under my roof" study that made clear there was an urgent need for services specifically for LGBTQI2S youth in the shelter system. It identified that almost 1 in 4 young people experiencing homelessness or precarious living identified as LGBTQI2S. Subsequent research suggests that number is even higher due to disproportionately high rates of family rejection, violence, and trauma.

What they offer:

Friends of Ruby is housed at 489 Queen St. East, and provides support to over 100 young people a month. They offer a drop-in space, barrier-free counselling, practical support programs, and meals. 

Their impact:

  • Over 1,000 youth supported, with 15 to 25 new youth accessing the center every month

  • More than 470 mental health crises diverted and visits to hospital emergency rooms prevented

  • Almost 70 individual case management sessions hosted each month

  • 160 to 200 counselling sessions held each month where youth can, individually or in group, learn coping skills and engage with topics related to gender identity and sexual orientation.

Their vision:

"A world where all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and two-spirit young people feel validated, and are involved and empowered to live healthier lives."

Minimum $100 donation for tax receipt

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