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''I was in my mid-60s when I used to sleep at City Hall. There were people all around; some had cardboard boxes. I had sleeping bags and blankets. I carried everything on my back. ''

Your donation helps people like Meiko to find a safe place to call home.

Story of transformation

In the twilight years when home should be a sanctuary, Meiko found herself adrift in the heart of the city. At 60, she wrapped herself in layers of blankets to fend off the chill of Toronto nights, her belongings dwindling to what she could carry, including a small red guitar that offered a melodic escape from her stark reality. A solitary figure against the backdrop of City Hall, Meiko was not one to seek attention, playing her songs for an audience of one.

Her unexpected descent into homelessness came with a jarring knock and the landlord’s firm directive to vacate her dwelling within minutes. Trust in the false reassurances that her rent was settled led to her predicament. In retrospect, she regretted not being more cautious, not realizing the fragility of her living situation.

Yet, it was the compassionate outreach of Fred Victor’s Women’s Hostel that provided Meiko with a safe harbor. One bright morning, fortified with the same resolve that carried her guitar and life on her back, she approached Fred Victor Housing with a simple question that would change her life: “Do you have a room?” The answer was a resounding “Yes,” marking the end of her homeless wanderings.

Now, Meiko revels in the comfort of a home to call her own, contemplating life’s simple joys, like the company of a cat. Her transformation from a life on the streets to one of stability and peace is a heartfelt reminder of the difference community support can make.

Each donation to Fred Victor represents a step toward shielding others from the hardships that once beset Meiko. Donating is not just giving—it’s an act of solidarity, an investment in dignity, and the laying down of a foundation for a future as warm and inviting as a home with a purring cat. By giving today, we ensure that the golden years for all in our community are full of warmth, security, and life’s gentle tunes. Support us in turning the fragile hope of “one day” into the solid ground of “today” for someone in need.



After years of carrying my life on my back, Fred Victor has given me the keys to more than just a room—they've opened the door to a home where I can finally lay down roots and be at peace.

*Photos and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.  

Fred Victor is a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low- income people living across Toronto.

Fred Victor is accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program. The Standards Program Trustmark is a mark of Imagine Canada used under licence by Fred Victor. 

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