Winter Survival Program

Help keep our homeless clients warm this winter

In the past few months, there has been an increase in the number of Compass Clients who have become homeless. This has been mainly due to rising housing costs. With people cashing in on their rental properties, and the increase in rent in the area, many families have been kicked out onto the street.

Speaking to some of our homeless clients, we have noticed a sense of fear and dread surrounding the season ahead. Many of these families do not know how they will survive this winter without a roof over their heads. They do not know what to expect. The clients who have been unfortunate to have experienced this already know that this is a life or death battle. They are dreading the months ahead.

We want to help! While we will work with governments to increase the supply of affordable housing, this will take months if not years to come online and we want to give them the best possible chance of making it through the season ahead. The winter survival program will give these individuals kits filled with items to keep them warm and dry. Most of all we want to give them hope that this situation they are in is not 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 (new)
  • Insulated foam mats
  • Back pack (to fit all items)
  • Blankets
  • Warm socks (new)
  • Sweaters (new)
  • Mittens /gloves (new)
  • Hand warmers (new)
  • Underwear (new)
  • Balaclavas (new)
  • Thermos
  • Flashlights
  • Tarps (to sleep on)

How to Donate Items

Items can be dropped off at two locations:

  1. Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church
    1338 Clarkson Rd N., Mississauga, ON L5J 2W5 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 am till 2:30 pm.
  2. Ladybug Harbor (store in Port Credit)
    7 Mohawk Ave, Mississauga ON. See their Facebook page for hours.
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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