Homes, Jobs and Friends
From: Beyond Shelters
Describes what how homeless shelters should be assisting homless people in three areas: finding a home, preparing for work, and developing friendships. Analyzes how the Gateway Shelter (Salvation Army) organized itself to achieve these objectives including the creation of Gateway Linens, a laundry cleaning social enterprise.
Dion Oxford was the Mission Strategist for the Salvation Army’s five homeless shelters in Toronto, called Housing and Homeless Supports. Dion, along with his wife Erinn and daughter Cate, live in Toronto and are committed to journeying alongside people at the margins of society. He has spent more than twenty-five years working among folks who are living on or close to the streets of Toronto. He was the founding director of the Salvation Army Gateway, a shelter for men experiencing homelessness.