Winter Survival Program

Help keep our homeless clients warm this winter

From 2018 to 2019, the number of Compass clients who self-identify as homeless increased by 55 percent. For many clients, this is due to a sharp increase in rent and housing costs— even the cost of renting a room is now beyond the reach of many. Families continue to be kicked out onto the street, and winter is coming.

Our homeless clients often speak of their fear and dread surrounding the season ahead. They are uncertain of how they will survive this winter without a roof over their heads. Many do not know what to expect; those who have been unfortunate to have experienced a homeless winter already know that this can be a life or death battle.

We want to help!

While we work with governments over the long term to increase the supply of affordable housing, we also want to give our Compass clients the best possible chance of making it through the season ahead. The winter survival program will give these individuals kits filled with necessities that help keep them warm and dry.

Along with the winter survival kits, we also want to give our clients hope that the situations they’re aren’t permanent—that there is a brighter tomorrow

If you have any ideas or comments, or want to arrange to drop off a donation please email us at

What goes into a “Winter Survival Kit”?

Anything that can keep people warm and dry during the months ahead. Specifically, we are looking for these items (in good used condition is fine unless indicated).


  • Sleeping bags (extreme temperature preferred)
  • Jackets
  • Boots
  • Snow pants
  • Insulated foam mats
  • Back pack (to fit all items)
  • Blankets
  • Warm socks (new)
  • Sweaters
  • Mittens /gloves
  • Hand warmers (new)
  • Underwear (new)
  • Balaclavas (new)
  • Thermos
  • Flashlights
  • Tarps (to sleep on)

How to Donate Items

Donations drop off begins November 1st and ends on November 22nd. Bring your donations to either of the below addresses during the drop off window noted below.

a. Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church - 1338 Clarkson Rd. N. Mississauga ON L5J 2W5
Wednesdays (10am - 1pm), Thursdays (10am - 1pm), and Fridays (10am - 1pm)

b. The Compass - 310 Lakeshore Rd W. Mississauga ON L5H 1G8
Mondays (4pm - 7pm), Wednesdays (1pm - 4pm), and Fridays (1pm - 4pm)

c. MP Sven Spengemann's Office - 1077 North Service Road Unit #30 (close to Longo's)
Mondays - Thursdays (10am - 3pm), Fridays (10am - 1pm). Call first (905.273.8033)

If your store/office etc wish to arrange a winter survival drive, or be an official drop off location for the program, please send an email to Drop locations should be easily accessible and have clear drop off hours. We will arrange pick ups from you as needed, so large amounts of storage is not required.

Your Own Fundraiser

You can start your own fundraising campaign for our Winter Survival Project. Just click the button below to set it up. Once you finish set up you'll have full access to social media tools to share your campaign. Good Luck!

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Homeless in Toronto at -18C windchill. It's safer sleeping in public view.

Photo shows a homeless person sleeping on a Toronto street in -18C weather. Photo by Peter Beens (licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

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