Fred Victor Centre
The Fred Victor Centre is a multi-service business and a registered charity in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Centre's mandate is to provide assistance to men and women who live in extreme poverty and are marginally housed or homeless. The centre started in 1893 as an outreach mission of the Methodist Churches to address the basic needs of homeless and transient men. It was located at the corner of Queen and Jarvis Streets - where the current subsidized supportive housing division of Fred Victor Centre now stands. Of the many programs and services Fred Victor Centre provides, its primary services delivery centres around a women's shelter, supportive housing, housing support and outreach, employment resourcing, and a handful of diverse drop-ins and clinics that have become very well established among the lower income and street-active single adult populations of downtown Toronto. Fred Victor Centre is named in memory of the son of former Industrialist and one time benefactor Hart Massey. Hart Massey was an industrialist who built the firm that became Massey-Harris, the farm equipment giant that is now Varity. Hart Massey died in Toronto in 1896 and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. He had three sons, Charles, Frederick Victor and Chester, who carried on the family business as well as its multiple cultural and charitable interests. Members of the next generation included Hart's grandsons Vincent Massey, who became Governor General of Canada, and actor Raymond Massey. .