Welcome to GTA Basketeers
As the founder of the Basketeers I am often asked what inspired me to start the Basketeers. In 2000, I had experiences with two friends that influenced the launch of the Basketeers. The first was a friend's invitation to a Mother/Daughter luncheon to support a shelter in Mississauga, where I had an opportunity to learn about the challenges facing women that have experienced domestic abuse. The second was a close friend who planned her and her seven year old daughter's escape, while her abusive husband went to work. Together with another friend, we helped to move her out to an apartment she had secretly rented. This situation was completely foreign to me and something I had a great deal of difficulty comprehending. I realized that this could have been me or any number of my women friends.
With Christmas just around the corner and having just helped my friend start her new life, I decided that instead of exchanging gifts with my girlfriends, I proposed we create baskets for women leaving the shelter and starting over. Simply put "creating starter baskets" with close friends and family. We were all very enthusiastic about our first delivery in 2000 to Interim Place in Mississauga, delivering a total of 14 baskets. The reaction from the women in the shelters was overwhelming and so began the Basketeers project. 14 baskets, 14 women, 1 shelter and 1 chapter, that's how it started.
It's hard to believe that one small idea, to support women leaving the shelter system, would turn into the movement that is is today.
I 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 individuals, corporations and opportunities.
In helping these courageous women in their new beginning, we 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 2018 Basketeers campaign.
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Regions We Serve
- North York