“Our mission is to provide safe shelter, and to offer programs and services in support of the hopes and needs of people dealing with life issues.”
Cambridge Shelter Corporation (CSC) was incorporated in 2000, to meet the needs of a growing population of individuals experiencing homelessness in Cambridge. CSC grew out of the church-based Out of the Cold winter shelter program that ran successfully for eight years in seven local churches. In 2005, Cambridge Shelter Corporation opened The Bridges, a year round emergency shelter/supportive housing facility located at 26 Simcoe Street. The Bridges houses many programs and services:
Cambridge Shelter Corporation is a charitable, United Way partner agency and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is audited annually and accredited by the Imagine Canada Standards Program.
“It could be you.”
Homelessness cuts a swath across all social and economic strata. There is no definition of the ‘typical’ person experiencing homelessness. An alarming statistic is the growth in the number of seniors experiencing homelessness. Imagine being in your senior years and not having stable housing.
“Homelessness is more than just a housing problem.”
While affordable, safe housing is in short supply in Cambridge, more housing alone cannot solve the issue of homelessness. Many of our clients suffer from mental health issues, disabilities, or are frail seniors who require ongoing support to be successful tenants. Unfortunately, supportive housing is very scarce and some of our clients have literally been staying in the shelter for years awaiting a placement.
“Embracing hope, offering help, building bridges.”
Last year, using a ‘housing first’ model, we helped over 100 people find permanent, affordable, appropriate housing.