It is better to give than to receive. And Manor Road is taking that lesson to heart by donating to eight local organizations totaling $50,000 in what we are calling a “Season of Sharing”.
Last year’s sale of approximately half of the Church’s property to the City of Toronto provided a unique opportunity to reinvest a portion of the proceeds back into community. The Church is a long-time supporter of three of the eight charities: Massey Centre; Out of the Cold; The Teresa Group.
The remaining five groups are: Central Eglinton Community Centre; Fred Victor; Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto; PFLAG; and Toronto Urban Native Ministries.
The $50,000 donation is part of Manor Road’s efforts to sustainably grow its presence in the community, and remain a vibrant hub for the neighbourhood. To this end, we have embarked upon a number of activities during the past 12 months, including:
The modernization of the existing 90-year old Sanctuary to accommodate a wide range of community tenants and activities;
The establishment of an investment fund that will help create a steady income stream to support the Church’s ongoing ministries;
A close working relationship with the City of Toronto to ensure the conversion of Church property into parkland; and
The selection of a private daycare provider (www.monarchmanor.ca) as its lead tenant to help address the demand for daycare services in the local community.
Renovations of the Sanctuary are expected to be complete by the summer. In the meantime, we continue to host services and family events,
$50,000 DONATED TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS
Manor Road United Church will officially present donations to the eight charities during a series of Sunday services. Each group is invited to speak briefly about its mission in making Toronto a more fair and equitable city.
April 24 — Fred Victor — $5,000
Fred Victor is a non-profit organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the
lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto, providing a wide range of
services such as affordable housing, emergency shelter, food access, job training and
assistance and support for people living with mental health challenges.
May 1 — Toronto Urban Native Ministry — $5,000
Toronto Urban Native Ministry (TUNM) is an ecumenical ministry dedicated to serving First
Nations people living in Greater Toronto Area. Located at the Toronto Christian Resource
Centre and the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre in the downtown core/Regent Park
area, TUNM reaches out to Aboriginal people on the street, in hospitals, in jails, shelters and
hostels, providing counselling, spiritual care and referrals to community services. Blending
Aboriginal tradition with Christian spirituality, TUNM provides a place of worship in downtown
Toronto and participates in sacred gatherings of Aboriginal people. TUNM promotes the
principles of restoring right relations, building justice and reconciliation.
May 8 – Massey Centre — $8,333
The Massey Centre is a children’s mental health facility located in Toronto with a focus on the
needs of pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children. Offering a broad range of
support services such as prenatal and postnatal care, housing, child care, education and
maternal infant mental health support; ensuring each young mother learns how to care for
her baby and develops the skills needed to build a successful life and relationship with her
May 22 – Central Eglinton Community Centre – $5,000
Central Eglinton Community Centre was established in 1976, and since 1992 has made its
home at 160 Eglinton Ave. East. In response to community needs, the Centre provides a
variety of activities and services for people of all ages: family resource centre with registered
in programs for families, toy lending library, children’s clothing exchange, March
Break and summer day camps and an after-school program for school-age children, evening
and Saturday classes for adults, free income tax clinic, English conversation circle, drop-in
computer lab, food bank box, seniors’ programs, volunteer opportunities and more.
May 29 – Out of the Cold program, Blythwood Road Baptist Church – $8,333
The Out of the Cold program is an initiative that consists of congregations from faith groups,
community members and volunteers from across the city. The program provides safe refuge,
hospitality and emergency shelter to homeless people throughout the City of Toronto. For 21
years Blythwood Road Baptist Church has welcomed homeless men and women into their
church each Saturday evening from November to March, providing a safe place to stay
overnight, two full meals and a social environment that is both accepting and compassionate.
June 5 – Toronto PFLAG — $5,000
Toronto PFLAG offers support to Toronto’s LGBTQ community and/or their families via one-onone
telephone support at 416-406-6378, and monthly support meetings; as well as
presentations to schools and universities; and workshops for Toronto businesses and
organizations wishing to explore diversity, empower allies and combat homophobia.
June 12 – The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto — $5,000
The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto provides a safe and welcoming environment
for all Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. Programs fall under
six broad categories of housing, families, advocacy, employment, education, and youth.
Through individual support, group programming, and cultural initiatives the NWRCT works
to support urban Aboriginal women and children from all walks of life to build self-sufficiency
and develop collective capacity to make positive change.
The Teresa Group — $8,333 (This group has presented to the Church in the past year, and
as such, will have donation delivered to their office)
The Teresa Group advances the dignity and well-being of children and families affected by HIV
and AIDS. Over the last 25 years we have built a broad range of care and support services for
children and their parents. We currently serve around 1,000 clients a year, including over 500
children in around 300 families.