GTA REALTORS® Donate $485,410 to Shelter Charities

TORONTO, January 13, 2015 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® kick off 2015 by providing grants to 60 different shelter-related charities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. 

“For the past seven consecutive years Greater Toronto REALTORS® have voted overwhelmingly in favour of participating in the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation’s ‘Every REALTOR®’ campaign,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington. “The decision, which allowed the Toronto Real Estate Board to donate $485,410 to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation on their behalf, is just one example of our Members’ commitment to fostering quality of life in the communities in which they live and work.” 

As a result of the Greater Toronto REALTORS’® donation, grants were provided to the following shelter-based charitable organizations:

360 Kids (Formerly Pathways for Children, Youth, Families)

A.I.S. Accommodation, Information & Support

Belmont House Foundation

C.H.A.T.S. - Community & Home Assistance To Seniors - New

CAMH Foundation

Casey House

Christie Refugee Welcome Centre

Covenant House

Delisle Youth Services

Dorothy Ley Hospice/ Mississauga

Elspeth Heyworth Centre For Women- New

Emily's House - New

Ernestine's Women's Shelter/ Etobicoke

Eva's Initiatives

Fife House - New

Fred Victor

Furniture Bank

Good Neighbours Club - New

Habitat For Humanity Greater Toronto Area

Horizons For Youth

Houselink Community Homes

Humewood House - New

Inn From The Cold

Interval House

Joanne's House / Durham

Kennedy House Youth Services

Kinsa Foundation - New

Loft Community Services

Matthew House


Nazareth House

New Leaf: Living And Learning

Our Place / Mississauga

People In Transition "My Sister's Place"

Red Door Family Shelter

Regeneration Outreach Community - New

Ronald McDonald House Toronto

Safehaven - New


Sandgate Women's Shelter

Scarborough Women's Centre

Seeds Of Hope Foundation

Sherbourne Health Centre

Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation - New

St. Matthew's Bracondale House

Street Haven

Street Health Community Nursing

The Redwood

The Salvation Army - Scarborough

Toronto Community Hostel- New

Toronto Foundation For Student Success

Variety Children's Charity - New

Ve'ahavta Foundation

Vitanova Foundation

Women's Centre Of York Region

Yellow Brick House

York Region Centre For Community Safety - New

Yorktown Women's Shelter

Youth Without Shelter

YWCA Of Greater Toronto

Included among this year’s grant recipients was Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, which is currently building a home sponsored by Greater Toronto REALTORS® in the York Region municipality of Georgina. Greater Toronto REALTORS® have also participated in the construction of the home, setting one family on the path to a better life. 

“Our support of Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area reflects the ideal that everyone should have a place to call their own,” said Mr. Etherington. “As REALTORS® we dedicate our lives to helping people achieve this important goal.”  

Recognizing that young people represent the city’s future, Greater Toronto REALTORS® also support a Children’s Breakfast Program operated in conjunction with the Toronto District School Board’s Toronto Foundation for Student Success.  Through sponsorship and volunteerism in the program they work to provide children in need with nutritious breakfasts to sustain their learning throughout every school day. 

Each year scholarships are also presented to four graduating high school students in the GTA, to be used towards their post-secondary education. In addition, a Ryerson University student is selected annually to receive a summer work placement and award.  

“Through the Toronto Real Estate Board, brokerage initiatives and individual volunteerism, Greater Toronto REALTORS® routinely demonstrate that they’re dedicated to helping others, and in today’s globally competitive world, their work to build a better city benefits us all,” said Mr. Etherington.