Drop-In Services and Youth Centre Programming

The Friends of Ruby drop-in centre is the place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and two-spirt youth in the GTA (aged 16-29) to find counselling, practical supports and a sense of community. See our September Drop-In Schedule below for more information.

Drop-In Programs

E&E Talk Session with Nancy Shadlock – Dec. 12th, 4:30-6:00PM 

Life Coach and Career Exploration – Nancy Shadlock is the CEO and founder of Centered life coaching and the host of The Coming Out Chronicles podcast. When Nancy finally discovered that she didn’t have to divorce her spirituality to embrace her sexuality she started creating the life she’s always dreamed of in Calgary, Alberta. Now she spends her days helping others break out of closets of all kinds, embrace who they are and stand in their truth.

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Love in Motion – Dec. 12th, 1:00-3:00PM

Love in Motion is a 6-week program that allows 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to get active in a safe, inclusive, accessible, and body-positive space. These sessions include dance workouts, high intensity interval training (HIIT), yoga, and more!

External PHC Clinic – Mondays (Weekly) 1:00-5:00PM

Monday 5th 1:00pm-5:00pm Case Management, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner

Monday 12th 1:00pm-5:00pm Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner

Monday 19th 1:00pm-5:00pm Case Management, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner

Harm Reduction – Mondays (Weekly) 1:00-3:00PM

A weekly drop-in group that will provide information on the harm reduction material and support at Friends of Ruby, and create space to connect with peers, share experiences and explore best practices.

Art Space – Tuesdays (Weekly) 1:00-3:00PM

Drop-In times dedicated on helping youth explore different artistic mediums. The month of September will be a free space, youth will be able to access any art supplies available.

The Real  – Wednesdays (Weekly) 1:00-3:00PM

A weekly discussion group for BIPOC youth, giving them an opportunity to discuss the topics and issues that matter to them. 

BIPOC Dinner and Move/Games Nights  – Wednesdays (Weekly) 4:30-6:30PM

A weekly community dinner for BIPOC youth. After each meal there will be a movie or games night.

Game Zone  – Thursdays (Weekly) 1:00-3:00PM 

Weekly drop-in time centering queer joy and fun through group and individual games. 

Newcomers Expressive Arts Therapy – Thursdays (Weekly) 4:00-6:00PM 

Are you looking engage in expressive arts, learn about self-compassion and connect with other 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, join our newcomers expressive arts therapy sessions weekly at our drop-in centre.

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At our drop-in centre at 489 Queen St. East in downtown Toronto we have

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    Meals, snacks, light groceries (delivered twice weekly)
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    Computer lab with WiFi
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    Printer and fax machine
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    Phone services
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    Harm reduction kits
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    Personal hygiene kits
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    TV with content streaming
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    TTC tokens
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    Lounging area
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    Community resources
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    Book library
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    Programming that puts LGBTQI2S-youth first

Other Main Services

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Mental Health & Wellness Support

Our counsellors’ approach is integrative, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and collaborative by design. Wherever youth are on their personal journey, we’re here for them.

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Case Management & Practical Supports

Need support finding a job or inclusive housing? Having trouble navigating the healthcare system? Our case managers can help with that.

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Transitional Housing

Along with the Friends of Ruby Home, one of the few transitional homes dedicated to LGBTQI2S youth, at our Youth Centre we always offer help finding inclusive shelter space and housing.