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.

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

This Week’s Drop In Services

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    Skills for Safer Living

    Online

    Mar 4, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    Skills for Safer Living is an online group dedicated to helping you develop the tools and skills to identify and articulate areas of distress and live more safely. There are specific eligibility requirements for this group. If interested, please contact Claire at clewis@friendsofruby.ca.

    Register

About Our Programming

Every week, Friends of Ruby hosts programs that are fun, educational and build community.

  • Dinner and a movie night

    From documentaries to Disney, Thursday evenings are a fun time to be at the drop-in space for dinner, snacks and a film. September through December.

  • Art for Change

    First started by youth participants, this program is focused on using painting, drawing and other forms of creative expression to explore identity, social justice and lived experiences. The program will run for 10 weeks from October to December 2020.

  • Rainbow Cooking Night

    Through weekly cooking sessions, participants develop life skills including basic food handling, meal planning and preparation, and budgeting.

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.