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Friends of Ruby

Counselling and Support Services


Description
COVID19  Telephone and email inquiries, and telephone crisis counselling available; case management and mental health services by appointment, available by phone, video call, and online chat; no in-person groups; virtual programming only, such as QTBIPOC Art Therapy

Drop-in open Wed-Fri 1:30 pm-4:30 pm for essential services only, such as groceries, grab-and-go meals, snacks, harm reduction kits, menstrual kits, and personal care products (available for pick-up at the front desk); physical distancing and safety measures in place, including limits on number of persons inside, and session lengths for access to computers and phones; call 416-359-0237 or email info@friendsofruby.ca for details

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Drop-in centre, counselling services and support for LGBTIQ2S youth
  • intake, assessment and individualized support plan
  • information and referral to emergency shelter, housing options
  • assistance in applying for government health (OHIP) and social assistance programs (OW, ODSP)
  • assistance in obtaining identification and/or legal support in amending sex markers on official documentation
  • employment assistance including resume and job search coaching, and referrals
  • food, TTC fare and other basic necessities
  • meals available with snacks throughout opening hours
Counselling Centre includes immediate crisis response and counselling
  • suicide prevention, intervention and follow-up care
  • individual mental health counselling
  • group counselling
  • family counselling
  • addiction and mental health supports
  • medical, dental and legal aid referrals
  • exploration of education opportunities, including high school, postsecondary and trades programs
  • gender affirmation, community acceptance support and counselling, including transition planning and trans literacy seminars
  • group discussion and learning activities
Member agency of Toronto Drop-in Network (TDIN)
Comments
Formerly known as Egale Youth Services
Eligibility
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning and Two-Spirit (LGBTIQ2S) youth 16-29 years who are homeless, vulnerably housed, or at risk of homelessness

Age Requirements: Ages: 16 year(s) - 29 year(s);

Residency Requirements: City of Toronto
Application Process
Call, email, or visit website for details; limited drop-in available
Office
416-359-0237
Website
Visit Website
Email
info@friendsofruby.ca
Mailing Address
489 Queen St E
Lower level
Toronto, ON, M5A 1V1
Canada
Languages
English, Spanish - Counselling
Contact
Lucy Gallo, Program Manager
Email: lgallo@friendsofruby.ca
Fees
None
Accessibility
Street parking ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance - interior doors require assistance ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features ; Wheelchair accessible washroom, assistance needed with door
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Last Updated On
April 15, 2021
Address
489 Queen St E, Lower level
Toronto, ON, M5A 1V1
Friends of Ruby Site Location: Friends of Ruby
Cross street: River St and Queen St E

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Hours of Operation
Wed
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thu
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Fri
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

COVID19 Telephone and email inquiries Mon-Thu 10 am-7:30 pm, Fri 10 am-5:30 pm Drop-in open for essential services only: Wed-Fri 1:30 pm-4:30 pm; physical distancing and safety measures in place, call for information
Service Area(s)
Toronto