Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence)


 Homeless MenHomeless SheltersHousingHousing SupportLow Income/Subsidized Rental HousingMenStreet Outreach ProgramsTraditional HealingTransitional Housing

In 1985, Na-Me-Res began offering emergency shelter to Toronto-based Aboriginal men who were without a place to live. The 26-bed shelter grew quickly to accommodate the growing needs of the community and as a greater understanding of the underlying reasons for Aboriginal homelessness emerged, Na-Me-Res implemented support programs to address those causes. The Na-Me-Res team meets the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of our clients wherever they are on their journey. We are traditional Elders & teachers, case managers, counsellors, client care and support workers, street outreach workers, housing support and aftercare workers, Registered Nurses, Oshkabaywis (spiritual helpers), and a life skills coordinator. Na-Me-Res also partners with psychiatrists, doctors, and many other community service providers. Today, the Na-Me-Res Housing initiatives include:

  • A 69-bed emergency shelter at Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave. West
  • Sagatay, a nationally-recognized transitional housing program
  • O’Gitchidaa Mushkiki Wigwam, a long-term independent housing initiative
Our Programming has also evolved to include:
  • Cultural connection and identity such as a sweat lodge, hand drumming, and traditional teachings
  • A Medicine Wheel Garden at Hillcrest Park
  • Elder outreach for street homeless men to connect with their culture
  • Life skills workshops on healthy living, literacy, financial literacy, and employment
  • Integration assistance for men leaving the criminal justice system
  • Addiction and mental health support and counselling
  • Workshops on creative writing, photography, and reiki
  • A support community for Aboriginal men in the Toronto area