"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

HRH The Prince of Wales to Visit Historic Toronto Charity Yonge Street Mission

TORONTO, May 1, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will visit Yonge Street Mission on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 to hear business leaders and young people discuss the barriers to employment at-risk youth can face.

The Prince of Wales will meet with top executives and at-risk youth as part of The Prince's Charities Seeing is Believing Program. The program is designed to give business leaders a clearer understanding of how they can help create solutions to a range of social issues. Yonge Street Mission is one of the first two Canadian charities to be selected to participate as the program is expanded to Canada.

The young people involved in the visit came to the Mission for help in turning their lives around. They include 26-year-old Korey Griffiths, who was once involved with drug dealing and prostitution. Korey has just been offered an internship with Toronto Printing House, which was arranged by Janice O'Born, CEO of The Printing House Charitable Office.

Yonge Street Mission was established in 1896, when the Prince's great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, was the reigning monarch. For 116 years we have worked to meet the needs of all people living with poverty, providing emergency care while fostering long-term transformation.

Yonge Street Mission offers 100 programs and services, including a food bank, meals, health care for street youth, computer camps, daycare, and summer camps. Last year, we welcomed 15,000 people in more than 184,000 visits.

The visit takes place Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 1:50 p.m. at 306 Gerrard St. E., just east of Parliament St.

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