Caring, community-conscious Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop flies under the radar
I hope everyone got some well-deserved R&R over the summer. That being said, welcome back to the madness! I made a promise to myself recently to be more positive in my columns. But with tariff-tormented Donald Trump, it’s difficult. So, I won’t mention how his tariffs on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper (resulting in a 25% to 30% rise in newsprint costs across the US) are already critically reducing newspaper ad revenues while resulting in the laying off of employees nationwide – with small, local papers suffering the most. Ooops!
However, when I came across a recent news item about Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop in downtown Toronto, it absolutely lifted my spirits. Yes, there are hundreds of instances of Canadian printers giving back to their communities, but this organization deserves a special mention. Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop is a full-service digital printer dedicated to reducing youth homelessness while providing vocational and life skills. Its slogan is quite apt: Print For Good. “When you print with us, you help prepare youth experiencing homelessness for employment in the graphics and print sector. We reinvest every dollar of profit into shelter, food, caring support, and basic needs for homeless youth,” its website points out.
Through its “profit-for-purpose” model, Eva’s helps the homeless build better futures. In fact, over 70% of its training-program students eventually get full-time work. The program started in 2000. Most importantly, beginning September 24, the print shop will be offering an eight-week training program where students will get hands-on experience in printing and various Adobe applications.
Eva’s offers residences for 50 youths for up to one year, a shared teaching kitchen, counseling support, educational programs, study spaces, employment training in construction and printing – and various programs to help with financial literacy, life skills, housing, cooking and nutrition, health and hygiene, conflict resolution, and much more. Basically, young people develop the necessary skills to live independently. Their website, store.evasprintshop.ca, is well worth a visit. Finally, if you’re doing something altruistic, please let me know.
Until next time, always remember that we’re here to help.