Nursing with Compassion
In 1986, a small group of volunteer Registered Nurses (RN) came together because the poor and homeless communities of south-east downtown Toronto were not receiving adequate health care. Their fierce commitment to providing client-centred health services to this vulnerable population continues today.
Nursing Clinic Schedule
Clients are seen in eight different weekly clinics that are run in community drop-in centres, at the Street Health offices and on the streets . Our services are offered in locations where the homeless population gather to rest, eat and socialize. Individuals come to these clinics in order to be assessed and treated holistically, by an RN or NP, for any
health concerns they may have. They are also referred to other specialized services in the community to ensure that they are receiving the full range of services they require.
In response to a needs-assessment finding that homeless and marginally housed people don’t receive adequate foot care, Street Health RNs and NP were trained in advanced foot care, and now provide foot-care services as part of their holistic client care. The RNs and NP also provide health promotion: health teaching; advocacy; mentoring; research; collaboration with other organizations to provide education sessions based on the needs of the population.
Mentoring Nursing Students
Registered Nursing students from universities across Canada compete to secure a placement at Street Health. We offer diverse and stimulating learning experiences working with people living in poverty, under the preceptorship of skilled and experienced RNs.
Volunteer with Us
If you are a Registered Nurse and would like to volunteer at one of our nursing clinics, please contact our Clinical Manager to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
For more information about our Nursing program,
please contact our Clinical Manager at 416-921-8668 x240.