Did you know that every night, in Toronto, more than 2000 youths are living in the street? Of those 2000, 70% of them site parental drug and alcohol issues, physical, psychological, sexual and emotional abuse as the reason for leaving home? 40% of homeless youth experience mental health issues but after 4 years of being on the street that number grows to 70%?
This is why our community depends on places like Eva's Place, an emergency shelter for homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in downtown Toronto. Eva's place not only provides shelter, but they also provide much needed support to help these young people either return home or to transition into more appropriate housing, finish their schooling, receive medial care, counselling and basic life skills training that you and I might take for granted. As well as the 40 bed emergency shelter, they run a harm reduction shelter called Eva's Satellite and Eva's Phoenix for more long term housing and support.
|photo from Taste Matters 2015|
Every year, Eva's hosts a wonderful fundraiser called Taste Matters, where people can come together and have some fun while raising much need funds. Taste Matters is a culinary feast that brings together the best Toronto has to offer in the way of food and drink to raise money for program to aid homeless and at risk youth. This year, they are hoping to raise $150, 000 dollars so why not win a couple of tickets, get all gussied up and use some of that money you saved on tickets to bid on item while you sip some great boozey drinks and nosh and delicious food.
There will be more than 30 vendors, silent and live auctions and a chance to see the host, David Rocco, Toronto's favourite Italian Celebrity Chef.
I am giving away two tickets to the event, valued at $125 each
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