To enable positive change through a community hub, one person, one service at a time.
Beginnings: Drop-in Centre
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.
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.
The Back Door Mission's drop-in centre offered community meals, food pantry items, clothing, referrals to social service agencies, fun events, and a friendly place to gather.
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. We do no religious programming, though we continue to benefit from the loving support of local faith communities.
Transformation to Service Hub
With the support of the Simcoe Street United Church, the United Church of Canada and many faithful donors, the Mission grew to offer many additional services and a safe place for patrons to experience community and belonging. With the onset of Covid-19, the Back Door Mission opened its doors to a community in crisis and along with its partners formed Mission United.
Mission United, operationalized on April 27, 2020, provides in-the-moment, wrap-around support services to individuals in Durham Region who are dealing with homelessness, housing insecurity, mental health and addiction concerns, and food access challenges.
Together with our partners we have been providing comprehensive in-person services such as medical care, housing/shelter supports, income supports, and day-time safe sleep for unsheltered individuals in Durham Region. Through this collaboration the Back Door Mission provides the best care for a community in need.
Mission United Partners: