The Wychwood Open Door mission is to reduce social isolation, boost nutrition and help develop life skills among homeless and socially isolated people.
Wychwood Open Door has provided homeless and socially isolated people in the St. Clair West neighbourhood with guidance, food, friendship and support since 1986. Wychwood is a registered charity (No. 0865782-09), governed by a volunteer board. Our books are audited annually.
The drop-in program operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday out of the basement of St. Matthew's United Church at St. Clair Ave. W. and Rushton Rd. The program runs from 8:30am to 3:00pm, all year round (except public holidays). We serve breakfast at 9:00am and a hot noon meal at 12:30pm, which is followed by recreational activities. Members can play games such as bingo and backgammon, take advantage of various counselling services or join ad hoc skills development workshops.
The Open Door runs a small clothing exchange, gives help with housing, legal and health issues. Our members are encouraged to develop life skills by volunteering with the program. Some sit on our board, some help in the kitchen or with clean-up.
Summary of our services