When Does a Hero Become a Hero?

Breakaway Addiction Services

When they set their sights on fixing a problem, and they do it.

At a time when most twenty-somethings are trying to get a job and figure out how to make french toast, Faith Wilson and Tim McConnell were working to fix a broken support system that lacked the services they so needed when they were growing up suffering from substance abuse. As transgender youths, they found themselves in a system grossly underserved by public health.

This just didn’t make sense to them given that LGBTQ individuals face increased health issues linked to societal stigma and discrimination. Health issues like higher rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Instead of sitting back complaining about the problem, they got to work trying to fix it.

Enter the birth of Pieces to Pathways, a peer-led program developed by Toronto’s LGBTQ youth (aka Faith and Tim) for Toronto’s LGBTQ youth. Over the past three years, they have worked tirelessly to bring the program to life and to secure the necessary funding to support the 150+ people they serve annually. Three years ago their program was adopted by Breakaway Addiction Services, a top addiction agency in Toronto with a 30-year track record of delivering addiction support services that change lives.

Today, Pieces to Pathways is Canada’s only substance use support program for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth ages 16-29. They offer a drop-in program 3-days a week, case management and group counselling. The drop-in sees 12-15 people each session and is an opportunity for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth to connect with others, access support, play games, attend workshops, watch movies, and go on group outings.

So here’s where the Troop need comes in… it is at the drop-in that Faith and Tim see the need for basic personal hygiene products. Right now they ration any products they have when someone makes a request, but it would be great to hand over a bottle of body wash or a toothbrush to someone who needs it. That sounds like something our Troop members can help with.

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In pure Troop fashion, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out Breakaway Addiction Services . Here’s how you can help:
  • Pool funds: You can pool your funds together with other Troopers to maximize your impact.  We’ll fulfill the needs and report back on your contribution’s impact.
  • Fulfill through Amazon: You can fulfill the needs through Amazon.  All products are shipped to Troop, we put them together and deliver them to the organization. 

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Target: $200

Contributions to date: $205

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Pool funds

We’re pooling funds to buy personal hygiene products for the Pieces to Pathways drop-in members. This lets you save the delivery charge on the Amazon toothpaste! We’ll do the Walmart run and drop everything off to Breakaway Addiction Services during the week of August 19th. (There is no fee for this, Troop pays the processing fee, we cover the gas and the only charge for braving the Walmart line-up is an ounce of our sanity :))

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Fulfill through Amazon​

Together with Faith and Tim, we built an Amazon Wish List of personal hygiene products that are needed the most. They need as much of every item as they can get, so all products will remain on the Wish List after purchased. Items will be delivered to the Troop head office to be packaged up and delivered to Breakaway Addiction Services during the week of August 19th.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

More Details: Breakaway Addiction Services

As one of Toronto’s top addiction service organizations, they offer comprehensive and effective harm reduction services and a full range of addiction treatment services that are amenable to an individual’s needs and goals. Their services are offered through community-based facilities with a focus on street and community outreach.

Harm reduction is at the core of their practice. By incorporating a set of practical strategies that reduce the negative consequences of drug use, they are able to support people who use drugs to live better, according to their own definition of better, while addressing the conditions of use, along with the use itself.

Their programs are delivered by 30+ dedicated staff members to over 3,000+ Toronto residents annually.
21 Strickland Ave, Toronto, ON, M6K 3E6

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