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St. John the Compassionate Mission

The Mission is open to all. Over the years, the population downtown has changed. Today, many of the people who come to the Mission are homeless and struggling with addiction. We encourage people living in the area — homeless or not, rich or poor — to see the Mission as a community space where people of different backgrounds and needs can feel welcome and needed. We encourage every one of our neighbours to come, to share food or conversation, and to get to know each other as people. The needs may look different, depending on our social status, but our common humanity joins all of us in a common search. We believe this common search is about meaning and transcendence, as well as bread. Currently, we are the only breakfast program in the city opens its doors at 5:00am each morning; we seek to be a positive presence in a changing neighbourhood. Within our affiliate network, we offer a variety of programs and services: counselling, children's programs, camps and drop ins in downtown Toronto and Scarborough. St. John’s also operates two successful non-profit social enterprises - a bakery and a thrift shop, which provide valuable work experience, training, and dignity for workers, many of whom are homeless or on social assistance. The bread has won several city awards as the best bread in Toronto and the Thrift Store is continually ranked as one o the top Thrift Stores in the city.