Catch da Flava Radio - Yonge Street Mission

For our January 23rd episode of Catch da Flava Youth Radio, co-hosts Diamond and Joel welcomed CEO and President of Yonge Street Mission (YSM), Angie Drascovic. Angie has an extensive background in social work, having joined in 2013. She was so gracious to come in and do an interview with us. Some of the questions we wanted to explore included what the services at the YSM are, and what they provide for people and families in need. From food to shelter, YSM had a huge scope of services available to the community, with several different locations including Double Take, the second hand clothing store. Angie told our cohosts that whatever comes into the store has to be dry cleaned and steamed before being sent out to the floor, and it had to pass the test of whether she would use the clothes or use them for her children. Despite YSM servicing the community often free of charge, there were clearly standards they hoped to meet in order to preserve the dignity of those who they serve, that fall on hard times.



Because we have a large youth listening audience, Diamond and Joel wanted to know what services youth have, which Angie spoke of, including their YSM Evergreen Centre for youth ages 16-24, who can drop by and take advantage of many of their services they provide. They also have a homework club where they provide services for youth who need extra homework help, which Angie mentioned they are looking for more volunteers. Angie also excitedly shared with us their upcoming event the Coldest Night of the Year, to raise funds to help fight poverty. More information can be found on their website: https://cnoy.org/location/toronto

We would like to thank Angie for being so kind as to drop in to our studios this week to share all the services available for our community, including social and health-related needs. For more information on their services, check out their website at: https://www.ysm.ca

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