COVID-19 Shelters


May 6th,2020

First Light Foundation of Hope (FLFOH) and Christian Faith Outreach Centre (CFOC) have partnered to create the In & Out of The Crisis (IOTC) program at Camp Samac.

This is a 24/7 alternative shelter location.
Patrons will be given all meals, daytime activities and other support services directly on site.

How Do You Access This Program?
To access this program, you will need to get a referral from a community hub. Referrals to this program will be completed by:

Oshawa Backdoor Mission Hub – 66 Simcoe St. S
7 days a week from


The Ajax Hygiene Hub at the Ajax Community Centre
75 Centennial Rd Ajax

During open hours

This program has a limited capacity and clients will be accepted based on available space. Anyone who arrives at the IOTC program without going through the proper intake process will be directed to the Backdoor Mission Hub for appropriate referral and escorted off the property.

Before a referral to the program can proceed, you will first be screened for COVID-19. Once you arrive, Program Staff will meet with you.

Our goal is that once you arrive at Camp Samac, you will remain at the site for the duration of your stay. If you leave, except for medical reasons, you will have to get a new referral.
Christian Faith Outreach Centre Warming Station 
(158 Harwood Ave. S, Ajax)
For light refreshments, warm-up, phone charging and washrooms

CFOC-DOC is open effective May 4th:
5pm – 7pm
12:00pm – 4pm .
First Light Foundation of Hope
(253 Simcoe St S, Oshawa)
For now, overnight services are now offered at the IOTC Program at Camp Samac.
Access this program by registering at the Backdoor Mission at 66 Simcoe St. South Oshawa.

First Light Outreach Center on Simcoe remains is open now for:
Monday to Friday 6 am to 8 am: “Breakfast to Go”
Monday to Friday 6 pm to 8 pm: “ Supper to Go”


May 27th, 2020

Durham Youth Services-Joanne’s House
Remains open but currently the shelter is at capacity. Youth are encouraged to contact the shelter for other options and support if they are struggling.
DYS has now implemented an outreach program for the summer months.

The goal of this program is to provide youth aged 16-24 in the Durham Region support services wherever they may be. We will be working with clients
individually to provide intensive case management in order to help our youth
succeed. DYS will be working with the In and Out of The Cold (IOTC) program located at Camp Samac in Oshawa and the Ajax Hub located at the Ajax Community Centre, to provide these services at their locations. We will be on
site at both locations throughout the week, however if available, DYS outreach worker will be able to go where needed through the day in order to support youth needs. The following supports can be provided through
intensive case management:
•Housing Support
•Financial Support
•Employment Support
•Mental health and Addiction Services
•Victim Services
•Emergency Shelter Referral
•Legal Support
•Counselling Services.
If you have any questions or would like to access these services, please connect with Outreach Worker Kristin Beck at 905-239-9477 (shelter line);905-391-8990 (cell); or