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
Meals, snacks, light groceries (delivered twice weekly)
Computer lab with WiFi
Printer and fax machine
Harm reduction kits
Personal hygiene kits
TV with content streaming
Programming that puts LGBTQI2S-youth first
This Week’s Drop In Services
QTBIPOC Art Therapy
Dec 14, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Virtual art therapy group for LGBTQI2S youth who are Black, Indigenous and/or of Colour.Register
Winter Clothing Drive
Dec 17, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Swing by to pick up jackets, coats and mitts at our Winter Clothing Drive. Send us an email to make your appointment: email@example.com.Register
In-person (for takeaway)
Dec 18, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Come by the Youth Centre (489 Queen St E, Lower Level) to grab a delicious holiday meal for takeaway! We will have meat and vegan options available. First come, first served. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
No registration needed!
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
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.
Need support finding a job or inclusive housing? Having trouble navigating the healthcare system? Our case managers can help with that.
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.