Toronto’s First Family Shelter for Men and Children is Open.

Alternatively, call 647-479-9611 and use extension 1.

Download our Family Shelter Poster

Learn the Background on this exciting project

Family Shelter for Men and Children – Executive Summary

Family Shelter for Men and Children – Full Research Backgrounder

Meet the Family Shelter Advisory Board
Click here for the profiles of our amazing support team

Make a charitable donation to fund essential safety enhancements so we can open as soon as possible. All donations matched.

We offer a safe, spacious, temporary living opportunity for single men as well as fathers with children. This unique facility is dedicated to men and families who have experienced any form of domestic abuse.

In addition to residential support, we provide a variety of services:

      • Emergency case management
        Emergency trauma counselling
        Male survivors of domestic abuse support group
        Food, clothing and additional in-house resources
        Legal Clinic for family and criminal law matters
        Fathering After Separation or Divorce
        Drop-in peer support group
        Assisting with housing applications
        Outreach and advocacy on behalf of men and their children
        Referrals to additional external services

Let me introduce you to our home.

Tour of the Family Shelter for Men and Children

The First Family Shelter Resident Speaks

Building the First Shelter for Abused Fathers and Children

This impressive house is perfectly suited to serve as an emergency family residence. It features four floors with six bedrooms, two kitchens, 9 washrooms and a private basement entrance. With over 3000 square feet, we have significant space for a wide variety of programs and services. The location by York University is an added bonus.

The facility has been laid out as follows

      • 6 bedrooms, able to accommodate up to 12 individuals – 2 single men, 2 families consisting of 1 man and 1 child and 2 families consisting of 1 man with multiple children.
      • 2 fully functional kitchens, one on the main floor and one in the basement
      • 1 large meeting room, library and common area
      • 2 family common rooms, one built for younger preschool aged children and the other for families with older children
      • 2 counselling rooms for one-on-one therapy or small family or group meetings
      • 2 administrative offices for staff and volunteers

Here are some ways to support this project. For any of these, please contact

Equipment and Furniture
We require beds, couches, desks, tables, chairs, kitchen items, and other furnishings and equipment.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with facility management and client intake. Please contact us to get involved.

We have some exciting times ahead. And we’re thrilled to have you with us on this remarkable journey!

Breaking: Storytellers Bookstore to Build Family Room at First Shelter for Fathers and Children

Watch a Video Tour of the Facility filmed for the agency’s Board of Directors











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An initial intake questionnaire will need to be completed. It may expedite your registration if you complete the form available here and email to Otherwise, a Shelter intake staff will contact you to complete the form together.