Welcome to GTA Basketeers
In the year 2000 I decided to start a grass root charity project that supports abused women as they transition out of area shelters back into the community. I began the initiative 19 years ago and it has been my mission to alleviate the distress and perception of helplessness for women who have found themselves in the unenviable circumstances of having to spend time in a shelter and support them through the difficult transition period. I realized that this could have been me or any number of my women friends.
After many long weeks or months, each woman will take gentle steps towards a new life, leaving her past behind and begin anew, often with meager assets and without even the bare necessities. For the past 19 years, the Basketeers have assisted these women through their transition, offering a generous, beautifully wrapped "Basket" of both practical and heart-chosen gifts to each as she leaves the shelter.
The Basketeers is a non-registered community project, each new beginning basket donated is a true gift of the heart to a courageous woman. In 19 years, the Basketeers have expanded to seventeen cities across Canada and one location in the United States. We have gifted over $3.8M worth of In-Kind Donations benefiting 18,786 women! 2019 will be our 20th year.
It's hard to believe that one small idea, to support women leaving the shelter system, would turn into the movement that is today.
I strongly believe that when you change the focus from yourself to someone in need your life becomes bigger. The Basketeers volunteer project has changed my life, introducing me to amazing new volunteers, donors, corporations and opportunities.
In helping these courageous women in their new beginning, we all benefit personally and grow our communities. For all of the women we are able to assist and from us, thank you. Please join us in launching the 2019 Basketeers campaign.
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Regions We Serve
- North York