Holiday Update From Heather McDonald, CEO
With the end of another year nearly upon us, it’s heartening to look back on LOFT’s decades-long advocacy for those struggling with the most complex problems, and see so many successes.
For nearly 70 years, we’ve taken a uniquely holistic approach to support. We meet our clients’ basic needs, then work to secure long-term housing while confronting the challenges of mental illness and addiction. It’s a model that has helped create connections and community for thousands.
We’re pleased to announce that real, tangible solutions are now even more accessible as we welcome two supportive housing locations for young people into the LOFT family. Formerly run by Arrabon House, these homes will continue to do important work with some of our most under-served populations. Additionally, in April of 2022, Toronto North Support Services will amalgamate with LOFT to provide a more seamless integration of mental health services.
These expansions come at a critical time as the pandemic continues to drive increased demand for housing, addiction and mental health services:
- The number of children and adolescents experiencing depression and anxiety symptoms has doubled during the pandemic.
- 529 people have died from opioid overdoses, an 81% increase from 2019, reflecting growing mental health challenges.
- The mounting mental health crisis will likely long outlast the pandemic.
The need for LOFT’s services has never been more urgent. The momentum of recovery depends on ensuring that adequate supports and services are available. With your help, we will continue to be there for our clients, no matter the challenges they face.
LOFT’S BOARD LEADS THE WAY WITH A 2X MATCH
LOFT’s Board of Directors has provided us with invaluable support and guidance throughout the pandemic. Its members are stepping up again with an inspirational offer to match donations up to $120,000. Won’t you join us in this shared effort to raise urgently needed funds for those struggling with poverty, mental illness and addiction?