COVID-19 Drop-In Centres/Location Support

Cell Phone Charging Locations
These locations are available for cellphone charging depending on availability.  Please let staff know that you would like to charge before plugging in.
•Christian Faith Outreach Centre – Doors of Compassion (Ajax)
•Ajax Hygiene Hub (also has Wi-Fi)
•The Refuge
•Gate 3:16 (please speak to manager first)
•Backdoor Mission (Mission United)
•First Light Foundation of Hope (during open hours)
•All 4 of Oshawa Public Libraries branches have cell phone charging stations available for free to the public – customers are encouraged to keep their visit to 1 hour. BRANCHES CURRENTLY CLOSED


The ID Clinic is available on a first come, first serve basis on Fridays between 9:30AM and 11:30. This is a free service available to individuals on financial assistance or no source of income, and in need of government issued identification (birth certificate).

You must have a guarantor, and complete paperwork prior to arrival. Paperwork can be picked up in person at any Carea location, or can be emailed. Please contact James at 905-723-0036 x2272 or

COVID-19 screening will take place prior to entry. You will be supplied with a mask and physical distancing will apply.


74 Simcoe St. S.
Unit #101
Oshawa, ON
L1H 4G6

See completion information below:

Social Worker
Updated Oct. 28th

To help serve and address the needs of our vulnerable populations, a Social Worker will be on-site at the Main Branch of the Library from November 3, 2020 to January 9, 2021 to offer free, confidential information and support.

The hours for the Social Worker will be Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., except Thursdays start at noon.

Telephone support can be arranged. Online visits are available from our Audley and McLean branches and drop-in support may be accommodated based on availability. Call us at 905-683-4000, extension 8813 to book a free, confidential appointment.

All branches of the Ajax Public Library are open from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday to Saturday.
Public access is available with screening and with
consideration of altered COVID building capacities.

Oct. 20

Shelter and support are currently provided as follows:
 CFOC and FLFOH still operate drop in centres at their current
locations. CFOC Mon – Fri 5pm – 7pm, Sat/Sun 12-4pm. FLFOH 6 – 8 am
and pm Mon-Fri
 Existing Emergency shelters at Cornerstone Community Association
Oshawa (905-433-0254); Muslim Welfare Home Whitby (1-866-666-
1115); Durham Youth Services (905-239-9477)
 Violence Against Women shelters at The Denise House (1-800-263-
3725); Herizon House (1-866-437-4066), Y’s Wish (1-888-576-2997)
and Bethesda House (1-800-338-3397).
 Safe sleep beds and support at Mission United from 10:00 am to 3 pm
Monday to Friday.
 Monday and Tuesday support at the Ajax Hygiene Hub from 9 -1 at
the Ajax Community Centre.

As our Built for Zero work continues, the goal of which is to end Homelessness in Durham Region by 2024, these locations are working with patrons who are homeless to add their names to the By-Name List.

At the Back Door Mission
66 Simcoe St. South
Oct. 20

Showers will be available by appointment between 2:00 to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday beginning the week of September 7th. Please speak to the Coordinator on-site to make an appointment.

Washrooms will be open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. Other programming (below) will run from 10 am – 3 pm Monday to Friday. Partners on site include CMHA-Durham, Region of Durham Primary Care Outreach Program, Durham Mental Health Services, Ontario Works, John Howard Society and Pinewood Centre.

All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 testing and linked with assessments and isolation locations if necessary. Visitors will have access to several stations:
• Take-out Hot Lunch Program (10 am – 1pm), and food Basket
• Mental Health Support and Safe Sleep
• Health Clinic for primary care and psychiatric support
• Withdrawal Management & Harm Reduction
• Housing Navigation & Supplies
 Footcare is currently not available.
 Ontario Works support on-site.
 Pinewood Centre on-site.
 John Howard Society on-site Tuesdays and Thursdays

John Howard Society and ACDR are collaborating to provide Harm Reduction Services at Mission United from 9:00 to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday.

GATE 3:1664 Albany St, OshawaOct. 20

Regular hours during the week effective November 2:
Monday to Friday
Breakfast: 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
We sanitize and cook between 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and sanitize after 1:00

Saturdays; Every Second and Fourth Saturday of each month we serve lunch at approximately 11 / 11:30 am and we are usually finished by the latest 2pm. This is hosted by a local church located in Whitby and on our premises.

Sundays Every Sunday at 3pm, a Pastor comes from a local church to our premises. He conducts a quick church service and then serves a BBQ / meal.

•Free laundry services.
•Showers and washrooms available during opening hours.
•Clothing is also distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Once we are into full stream, podiatrist service and medical services available on specific days. Days to be determined once COVID19 precautions are over and past.

253 Simcoe St S, OshawaJan. 19th

Open Monday to Friday: 6-8 am & pm
6 am to 8 am
Breakfast to go
Hot Sandwich, Snack Bag, Coffee, juice and water

6 pm – 8 pm
Dinner to go
Pizza, Hot Meal in a Cup, Coffee, water
Cell phones can be charged while we are open


6:30pm- 8pm 

Coffee and Oatmeal only

Spiritual Care and Recovery Meetings
Alternating Days
Sanctuary at the Backdoor Mission
Monday – Saturday
3:00 – 4:30 pm

Warming Location/Drop In
454 Simcoe St. South
Updated Jan. 19th

Open 10:00 pm to 8:00 am, 7 days a week.
– Hot meals and drinks will be available between 7 pm and 10 pm
-Sleeping is not available, but indoor rest is, in keeping with current COVID-19 regulations.
– 20 people capacity at one time. Will rotate guests to ensure
everyone has a chance to come inside.
– One Way Ministries will be serving meals Wednesdays and Fridays

Most days DUO will be open but on occasion they do randomly close for an additional day or two due to limited volunteer roster.

THE REFUGE300 Court St, OshawaOct. 20

• Serving youth aged 16-26 only,

• Monday to Friday breakfast and lunch will be served on our backyard patio.

• Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Bathroom will remain open between 9:00am-2pm. Shower will be available (only one shower stall available) while we are open.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Breakfast and Lunch 9-2.
Shower 9-2
Washroom 9-3:30

The Living Room Community
Art Studio
300 Court St, OshawaOct. 20

Online events: If you want to participate, we invite you to subscribe to our pages on YouTube (The LivingRoom Community Art Studio) and Twitter (@LvngRmArt) & keep an eye out for announcements here.


158 Harwood Ave. S, Ajax
158 Harwood Ave. S, AjaxOct. 20

Temporary Change effective November 2020 – meal support: CFOC-DOC is open Mon to Fri from 5pm – 7pm & Sat/Sun 12:00pm – 4pm for a bagged meal handout.

For the time being, we will not be admitting anyone who is not a guest here into the building at this time.

Doors of Compassion
158 Harwood Ave. S, AjaxOct. 20

Starting Nov 1, 2020, CFOC-DOC (Christian Faith Outreach Centre-Doors of Compassion) will be expanding its drop-in centre to include a 20 bed low barrier housing-focused emergency shelter.
We are located in the downtown core of Ajax at 158 Harwood Ave. S. CFOC-DOC (partner agency for IOTC Camp Samac) can be accessed through screening at any two of the partnering community hubs located in Ajax and Oshawa.

The shelter will be open 24/7 and will accommodate up to 20 individuals 18 years or older. Guests will receive 3 meals, snacks, beverages, a bed and access to showers and laundry. As a housing focused shelter, guests will also have access to community supports such as OW and ODSP, house search assistance through community partners like The Salvation Army, crisis supports, ID replacement and spiritual care.

Ajax Hub Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 9am – 1pm
Ajax Community Centre: 75 Centennial Road 905-427-8811
Friday: 9am – 11am
McLean Community Centre: 95 Magill Drive

Oshawa Hub Hours:
Daily from 9am – 4pm
Back Door Mission: 66 Simcoe Street South (Bagot Street entrance)
For more information please contact: or call 905.619.1109

Oct. 20

Harm Reduction Services are being offered at all of the JHS offices. New
Hours are:

Oshawa – Monday to Friday 8am – Noon and 1- 4pm
Whitby – Monday to Thursday 8am- 4 pm
Fridays 8 am – 2:30 pm
Bowmanville – Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Evening Harm Outreach continues 6pm – 11pm by phone.
All hours and phone numbers are posted at all offices.
Other Programs Clients will continue to be supported via phone and email.
Resource rooms are not open to the public but staff are available by phone to assist clients with
 Housing search, eviction prevention, landlord mediation, advocacy
 Forms and applications such as housing stability funds, OESP, rental
applications, Canadian birth certificates
 Referrals to community resources

Please call:
Bowmanville: 289-927-2419
Oshawa: 905-926-7929
Whitby: 905-926-8073



Clinics are held once per month at the beginning of each month. Some preparation is required prior to attending the clinics.

Please pick up the required application at the John Howard Society office at 75 Richmond St. Oshawa. It is open from 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. More specific information about when and where to return will be provided when applications are picked up.

Oct. 20

CDCD is currently available through phone and email only. The agency is
closed to the community at this time.
Please see Housing Security and Street Outreach for specific programs.

 75 Centennial Rd, AjaxOct. 20

VHA Home Health Care is coordinating ARI screening and direction to Public Health for COVID positive clients.
We are also offering box lunches, snacks, and beverages on-site as well as,
shower and bathroom facilities “Ajax Hygiene Hub”. Cell phone charging and Wi-Fi available onsite.
Additionally there are VHA staff on-site for connections to referrals,
community resources and informal counselling.
We are also accepting donations at the main entrance of the Center to
support the Ajax Community Center and Dunbarton High school hygiene Hubs. The Public can contact Ajax Community Center for more information

Effective September 8, the Ajax HUB will only be open on Monday and
Tuesday’s from 9am – 1pm.

There will be two OW Caseworkers present at the Ajax Hygiene HUB every Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to assist clients who attend the HUB. Their role will primarily be assisting in areas related to financial empowerment and life stabilization as well as ensuring that individuals are connected to appropriate resources/services.