Since 1896 the Yonge Street Mission has been helping those in need turn their lives around. There are currently 6 branches in downtown Toronto serving the needs of the city's most needy.
Prince Charles was at the H.B. Martin Family Centre for Urban Education located at 306 Gerrard Street East today to hear about barriers that at-risk youth can face when it comes to employment.
Outside volunteers at the centre and senior clients waited for a chance to glimpse the British Royal. A glimpse was all they got, as they were not invited into the building where on any other day they help or can obtain services. As far as the volunteers knew only the youth volunteers were being invited to the event.
One of those in the crowd was a former military member, 87, from the UK. Today she is living her golden years in Toronto. She along with the clients were denied entry to the building while Prince Charles listened to how his Charities Seeing is Believing Program is working.
Outside waiting for Prince Charles to leave more people gathered. The Prince left Yonge Street Mission in a TTC bus for a ride around the city.
Some of the services for seniors, like the foot clinic, were suspended for the day due to the visit.
During the Royal Visit the OPP, RCMP and Toronto Police Services are providing security. Toronto Police officers on duty are Number One Dress Uniform officers and officers from 52 Division.
Update: According to Jon Brandt, Director of Development Yonge Street Mission, NO community members were turned away from any program happening yesterday and the foot clinic for seniors was fully staffed.
The event with HRH occurred at a building where no program was running so that we wouldn't affect any services offered.
The two volunteer women noted in your story left the seniors program to go see if they could get close to the Prince. Program continued to run at a nearby building, where it always is held."