What We Do

Changing lives, one woman at a time

Sistering is a multi-service agency supporting women from across Toronto who experience first hand the impact of marginalization and poverty. They may be homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless. They are a diverse group, from 16 to 80-plus years old: women with substance use or mental health issues; sex workers; women who have interactions with the criminal justice system; women who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma and violence; immigrant and refugee women; women with health issues and disabilities; and women without legal status.

Our 24/7 Drop In supports women with low barrier shelter; hot meals; crisis intervention and trauma informed counselling; social and housing support; and mental health case support. Participants include women with substance and/or mental health issues; sex workers; immigrant and refugee women; and women who have experienced trauma and violence.

But We Don’t Stop There.

We advocate for the women who come to Sistering: we lobby for safe, low barrier shelters; affordable housing; and public transportation that is economically accessible for all women. From April 1, 2016 to March 31 2017 more than 2,900 women made more than 75,000 visits to Sistering. The Drop In saw more than 11,000 visits overnight. We served more than 155,000 meals at the 24/7 Drop In and Parkdale Outreach. We made 685 housing referrals on behalf of Drop In participants and 6,000 referrals to navigate health, social services and legal and immigration systems.

Many women who come to Sistering receive the support they need to make a change.

Others have more difficulty. Regardless of her circumstances, we believe that every woman deserves support—a hot meal, a shower, a change of clothes and a respectful welcome.

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