Adrian, Sherri, and their young daughter are just three of the people whose lives have been changed by the ministry of the Back Door Mission in Oshawa, Ontario. When Adrian lost his job due to a work injury in 2015, his disability payments were inadequate to the challenge of providing for his family. After Adrian and Sherri’s mortgage foreclosed and they lost their home, they turned to a homeless shelter and then emergency housing before being forced to live in their car.
Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan, has been advocating for low-income individuals and families for almost 50 years and is the only community organization in the province to offer welfare advocacy services. Designated lay minister and advocate Bonnie Morton shares her passion for the work of Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry:
In the beautiful south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, there is a small university whose commitment is to “serve Christ’s mission by shaping effective and faithful ordained and lay leaders and understanding among communities of faith.” The Atlantic School of Theology (AST) was formed in 1971 through the joint vision and forward thinking of its three founding parties—the United, Anglican, and Roman Catholic Churches of Canada.
The urban Aboriginal population in Canada has increased dramatically in recent years, with the overwhelming majority of the country’s 1.2 million Indigenous people living off reserve. Toronto Urban Native Ministry has a heart for Indigenous people living on the margins of city life. Founded in 1996, it reaches out to Aboriginal people in precarious life situations: on the streets and in prisons, shelters, hostels, and hospitals.
Centre 507, located at Centretown United Church in Ottawa, is an adult drop-in centre and support service that describes itself in its motto: “Safe Haven, Stepping Stone.” Each day, 100 or more people—many facing such challenges as homelessness, poverty, addiction, mental illness, unstable housing, chronic unemployment, and physical abuse—come into the centre seeking a safe and friendly environment.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support community ministries across the country, including this one in North Bay, Ontario. The Community Homeownership Action Group Project, also known as HOAP, extends its heartfelt gratitude to the people of the United Church for continued support through a Mission & Service–funded mission support grant.
On the night of October 3, 2016, Hurricane Matthew tore through the southwest region of Haiti. Powerful winds and torrential rain washed away fields, livestock, and homes and ripped roofs off houses, churches, and schools. The only bridge linking the region to the rest of the country was destroyed. Suddenly, farmers who had been exporting agricultural produce could no longer feed even their own families.