HOPE worldwide Canada

Spreading Kindness to those Experiencing Homelessness During A Crisis

 

As the Coronavirus pandemic is spreading its impact all across Canada, HOPE worldwide Canada is also spreading acts of kindness, especially to the needy and most vulnerable.

The Toronto Central, East and West chapters   had a special Easter outreach at St Stephens Community House, located in downtown Toronto, and Dixon Hall located at Danforth Avenue. Between them, they served over 400 people experiencing homelessness daily.

We handed over 55 handmade mats, 200 special hygiene products, 100 single use medical gloves  and 100 pairs of outdoor socks.

The idea was to distribute items that were needed the most by homeless persons and also tie it to Easter as a special show of love and offer them a ray of hope.

Milk bag mats offer people without beds, an invaluable, durable and washable alternative to sleeping on the often cold and damp ground. They have also been used by health-care professionals as a make-ready substitute for an operating bed/table where resources are scarce.

The mattress mats are made of recycled milk bags. Each mattress is made of approximately 420 milk bags, with a lifespan of approximately 25 years. They are also waterproof, bug-proof and can be easily cleaned and dried.  The  initiative was originally championed by Angela Kesthely and her Milk Bags Unlimited organization.

The making of the mats is truly a labor of love. The mats are made by cleaning and flattening the milk bags, cutting them into strips, looping them into a chain formation and then weaving them onto a loom. Each handmade mat can take as much as four hours or more to complete.

One teenager Tyannah Brown, made three mats from her home.

The mats for this initiative were made in 6 households in Durham and also sourced from another milk mat weaver in the GTA. Looms and milk bags were dropped off at the various locations to ensure social distancing.

Barb Panter, Manager, Housing and Drop-in and Homelessness Services and Francine Freeman, Director of Development for Community Services  at St. Stephen’s Community House, were deeply appreciative of the Easter show of love by Hope worldwide Canada.

The next outreach and distribution of essential items for the poor is being planned at Good Shepherd.

If you are in downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Oshawa, Ajax or Pickering and would like to volunteer with one of our chapters, please send an email to communications@hopewwcanada.org

Meeting Needs in a Time of Physical Distancing

The impact COVID-19 has made on our world is unprecedented. Our entire nation is striving to stay indoors and maintain physical distance so as to ensure the safety of not only ourselves, but our neighbours as well. And while the pandemic has forced us all to stay at home, the call to serve our neighbours in need is as loud as ever.

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers are answering the call by staying true to the mission of Jesus — transforming our world through love and support for our neighbours in need. As we have changed our programs in order to follow government and medical mandates, we have looked to other ways to meet needs in our communities.

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers in Ontario are spending time while physically distancing making mats out of milk bags to be used by local shelters

Chapters across the country are providing critical volunteer support and community connection to food pantries, Child & Family Service agencies, shelters and other helping organizations. Volunteers are also creating neighbourhood collaborations to identify and help elderly and other vulnerable neighbours with day-to-day needs. Social media and online tools are other methods by which our volunteers are identifying needs they can address around their community.

The people, families and communities we love are in desperate need right now. HOPE worldwide Canada remains focused on prayer, as we know our God can do immeasurably more than we can imagine. We appreciate all the efforts and hard work of our volunteers and supporters as we all strive to overcome this crisis together. Thank you for your continued support!

Toronto winter charity drive for the homeless

The Toronto Central chapter will be having a charity drive to help the homeless and poor families on, Sunday, December 15.

They will be collecting winter jackets, gloves and non perishable food items at 10:00 am in the lobby at Meridian Arts Centre – formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. If you have any questions, please call (416) 729 6945.

Toronto Church Campus Ministry Distribute “Blessing Bags” to the Homeless

And all set for the Winter Coats & Gloves Drive on December 15 by Hope worldwide
The Campus Ministry of the Toronto Church has taken a big step in helping the homeless get out of the cold this winter.
In a two week program, over 50 campus students went to various parts of the city and handed out “blessing bags” to the homeless. The blessing bags contained gloves, socks, toothpaste, toothbrush, blankets, hats, and feminine hygiene products. The response to the gesture was overwhelming and reflected the huge need.
The Campus Coordinator of the program, Thor Belarde restated their commitment to continue serving the community. “As our city gets colder and colder, the need for God’s warm presence becomes greater and greater. We are just trying to do our own part as the Toronto Campus Ministry, just as we have all been called to.”
The Campus group have also reserved some of these blessing bags for the Winter Coats, Gloves & Food Drive coming up on Sunday December 15 at the Meriden Arts Centre. It is an initiative and one of the signature activities of Hope worldwide Canada, Toronto Central Chapter.

 

HOPE worldwide Canada marched in the Toronto Ukraine Festival parade

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers marched in the 2019 Toronto Ukrainian Festival again this year. They marched in support of the Helping Hand for Ukraine project, which provides socio-psychological programs to children in Eastern Ukraine to help them recover from war trauma.   The program is partly funded by HOPE worldwide Canada.

Our highly enthusiastic team walked and handed out flyers along the route to raise awareness of the program.

Many children in Eastern Ukraine are dealing with intense trauma caused by the armed conflict. HOPE worldwide Ukraine, through the Helping Hand for Ukraine project, provides socio-psychological support for the children, training for social workers, therapists, teachers and parents who work with the children.

Here are a few pictures from the march:

If you would like to support the Helping Hand for Ukraine Project by making a donation please click the button below.   Select Ukraine (Helping Hand program) from the drop-down menu.

 

Join the HOPE worldwide Canada Toronto Central Ride for Refuge Team

On Saturday October 5th, members of the Toronto chapter will participate in the annual Ride for Refuge to raise funds for local charities that support vulnerable members of our community fleeing persecution from violence in various parts of the world.

The Ride will take place at:

Ashbridges Bay Park, Toronto, 1561 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M4L 3W6.  

Plenty of parking at 20 Ashbridges Bay Park,  $7 flat rate for the day.

Times

Here’s the schedule for the RIDE:

  • 8:00am – Registration opens
  • 8:45am – Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:00am – Send-off! (All distances
  • 10:00am – Registration close
  • 10:00am – Lunch service begin
  • 2:00pm – Lunch service end
  • 2:00pm – Route closes

Yummy Food on RIDE Day

There will be snacks at rest stops, and lunch will be available for participants when they return from their ride or walk.

The Ride for Refuge is an annual biking and walking event that we are proud  to support.

Please join us! You can join the team to walk or ride, or simply donate at the button below.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Camille at (647) 839 1099.

 

Join us as we march at the 2019 Toronto Ukraine Festival parade

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers and supporters are invited to join us again this year as we march at the parade at the 2019 Toronto Ukrainian Festival to raise awareness for the Helping Hand for Ukraine project.

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers marching in the 2016 parade.

Through this project, Canadians are able to provide financial support to children and parents traumatized by the war in eastern Ukraine. The program is run by HOPE worldwide Ukraine and is now entering Phase III to offer psychological assistance, training for social workers and other humanitarian aid. It has been actively supported and partly funded by HOPE worldwide Canada for the past 5 years. 

 The Festival starts with a parade of about 1,200 participants, include our own HOPE worldwide Canada participants.

Here are details for the march:

Date:  Saturday September 14, 2019.                    

Time: 10:oo am meet at High Park, at the main entrance on Bloor.

Venue: High Park, Bloor Street. The parade route is from High Park to Jane street along Bloor Street West.

Please SIGN UP and join us at the march by sending an email to Taras Kulish at Taras.Kulish@hopewwcanada.org or text/call (416) 625 7482.

Watch the video below to learn more about HOPE worldwide Canada’s participation at the march in previous years and the Helping Hand for Ukraine project.

Ukraine kids

If you can’t make it to the parade please consider making a tax deductable donation to help the children in Eastern Ukraine. They desperately need your help. To make a donation, please click below and select “Helping Hand for Children Traumatized by War In Eastern Ukraine” from the dropdown menu.

Donate Now button red

 

 

 

 

videography by Aperture Lane

Back to School Donation Drive in Toronto

The Toronto Central Chapter will be having a Back to school backpack donation drive this Sunday, September 1st.
The aim of the donation drive is to help families living in poverty in our community.  HOPE worldwide Canada and the Toronto Church are collecting back packs to help children going back to school.
The back packs will be put together by volunteers and church members.
The backpacks will be filled with school essentials such as pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, story books and other school essentials.
The Collection date is :
Sunday September 1, 2019
Time: 10am-12.30pm
(Before or after the Toronto Church service)
Venue:
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street.
(Sheppard & Yonge)
North York subway.

The Easter Love Baskets Food Drive was a great success, thank you.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Easter Love Baskets Food collection in the Toronto Central chapter. Your generous donations to our vulnerable communities in Toronto will make a huge difference.

When the food drive was launched, a request was made for donors to bring love baskets to the Toronto Centre for the Arts and drop them off at the HOPE table in the lobby. All donated items were to be placed in a basket, reusable shopping bags or gift bags. A couple of the food baskets were given to members of the Toronto Church  in need and the rest was given to vulnerable individuals and families in the community through various organizations.

Items donated included: $50 gift cards from No Frills or any other dining or store gift card (to purchase groceries or for dining), non-perishable foods (For example pasta-canned or dry, pasta sauce, tuna, peanut butter, jam, canned goods – beans, soup, stew, canned vegetables, granola bars, breakfast cereals).

We are grateful to the volunteers, friends and members of the ⁦Toronto Church who gave non perishable food, gifts cards and gifts to the food drive.

A representative from Sistering receives the donations.

The Easter love baskets went a long way for many families living in poverty in Toronto who received them. Special deliveries were made to Sistering,  serving socially isolated and homeless women, as well as Fred Victor Shelter for the homeless.

The Toronto Central chapter HOPE advisory team.

The Toronto Central chapter has many more events planned for the rest of the year. If you would like to volunteer with the chapter, contact us or send a message here. 

 

Easter Love Baskets Food Drive For The Poor In Toronto

 

“Freely you have received, freely give”

The Toronto Central chapter invites you to donate non perishable food items as part of their “Easter Love Baskets” campaign.   The donated items will be distributed to poor and vulnerable families and individuals in need in Toronto.

Collection date: Easter Sunday, April 21

Venue:  Lobby, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6R8

Time:  10: 00 am

Individuals or groups should bring their ‘love baskets’ to church and drop them off at the HOPE worldwide Canda table in the lobby.

Suggested items to fill the baskets or reusable bags
$50 gift card from No Frills or any other restaurant or store gift card (to purchase groceries or for dining).
Non-perishable foods such as : (Pasta-canned or dry, Pasta sauce, Tuna, Peanut butter, Jam,                      Canned goods-beans, soup, stews, canned vegetables, granola bars, breakfast cereals.
Any additional gift item of your choice to make it a little more special.

 

Special Note:
ALL items should be put in a basket OR gift bag OR reusable shopping bag.
Please do not donate items past expiration dates or items in glass containers.

For more details contact Dr Phil Osagie at (416) 729-6945 or email drphil.osagie@hopewwcanada.org