In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission United has been launched with Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Mental Health Services, Region of Durham Social Services, AIDS Committee of Durham Region, Lakeridge Health, Carea Community Health Centre, John Howard Society, and other community partners.
The facilities at the Back Door Mission serve as the centralized location for various social service agencies operating collectively as Mission United. This includes a medical clinic with doctors and nurses on site, crisis counselling, harm reduction, withdrawal management, and a calming rest centre.
As well, the Back Door Mission continues with its core offerings, and is now open 7 days a week. With these expanded operations in place, The Back Door Mission’s hours have changed and are now 9am-7pm for use of bathroom facilities and meals are everyday from 10am-1pm.
The food pantry and clothing items are available between 10am-1pm from Monday-Friday.
The Back Door Mission for the Relief of Poverty began as an outreach program of Simcoe Street United Church in 1998. Since that time it has grown exponentially with increasing numbers of people coming to its doors for help and community. We currently average about 120 a day.
To better support increased program capacity and broadening of services, the Back Door Mission for the Relief of Poverty incorporated as a separate not-for-profit organization in 2014.
While we're located in the back of Simcoe Street United and are an affiliate of the United Church of Canada, we are otherwise an independent organization. Our focus is entirely on serving the poor. We do no religious programming, though we continue to benefit from the loving support of local church communities.
The photo in the slide show is a shot of a benefit concert last Christmas hosted by a local band, the Professors of Funk, led by Derek Giberson that raised $5,800 for the Back Door Mission. A beautiful setting (the sanctuary at Simcoe Street United) and a great time had by all!