AIS recognizes the unique human needs of diverse individuals. We acknowledge that trauma is injury to the Spirit and believe it is the root cause of self-medication and self-harm.

Our healing model of care centers on enriching the meaning and quality of tenants’ lives by encouraging them to realize their spiritual potential.

We provide tenants with counselling in a non-judgmental, healing and genuine manner. We also help them to explore the spiritual significance of trauma through reflection on inner and outer resources for strength and coping.

Trauma and Homelessness Workgroup

AIS helps to organize and facilitate trauma-informed workshops each year. Some tenants that live at AIS may have experienced traumatic incidents, either predating their homelessness, or while surviving on the streets or in the shelter system. As a result, tenants can experience intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares and somatic responses. The training offers strategies for supporting tenants and intervening effectively. For further information contact:  Andrzej Tarnas, Community Support Worker, 416-504-3610 ext 32; or atarnas@aistoronto.ca