Our outreach ministry partners are experiencing significant increases in need within their organizations, and we need to increase our support of the four critical, longstanding, outreach relationships. We are reaching out to make a difference in this time of incredible need.
Please consider donating to ESG so that we can increase our Outreach Ministry Pandemic Support to these organizations.
Massey Centre is a client-centred infant and early childhood mental health organization which supports pregnant and parenting adolescents, aged 13-25. With donors’ support, each young mom has access to prenatal and postnatal care, learns how to care for her baby, completes her education, and develops the skills needed to build a successful life and relationship with her baby.
As one of the leading homelessness charities in Toronto, Fred Victor has extensive experience providing and managing affordable housing, transitional housing, and emergency shelters – as well as offering other support services and referrals for people experiencing homelessness.
The Toronto Urban Native Ministry (TUNM) supports both Traditional Indigenous Spiritualities and world-views as well as Christian Spiritual practices, showing that they can walk together in harmony. Founded in 1996, TUNM interacts with more than 8,000 lives each year. We reach out to Indigenous people on the street, in hospitals, in jails, shelters and hostels, providing counseling, Ceremony, spiritual care and referrals to community services.
Street Health is a non-profit community based agency that strives to improve the health and well-being of homeless and under-housed people in downtown Toronto. We offer physical and mental health programs, as well as supports that improve clients’ ability to access other services. On an average day, 115 clients come through our doors; we have 60,500 client visits each year.
ESG Local Outreach programs listed below are on hold at this time due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Out of the Cold
helping the homeless
The Out of the Cold program is a volunteer initiative that consists of congregations from faith groups, community members and advocates who provide safe refuge, hospitality and emergency shelter to the homeless community throughout the City of Toronto. Our local OOTC program is held at Blythwood Road Baptist Church, 80 Blythwood Road. Each Saturday night from November through March up to 140 guests are provided with a home-cooked meal and up to 60 homeless persons are given a safe and warm place to sleep. Those who stay for the night are also given a hot breakfast and a packed lunch on Sunday morning. This is the only program available on a Saturday in the City of Toronto that provides sleeping accommodation.
The Good Food Box
sharing local produce
The Good Food Box is a program of Foodshare, an organization that delivers healthy food to communites and schools. ESG volunteers meet once a month, usually on the third Thursday, to organize and bag fresh produce from local farmers. The goal of the program is to support local growers, encourage good food choices, and provide outreach to the community. Every month, we receive boxes of food for those in need in our community, be they individual families or organizations such as the Lawrence Heights Food Bank or Glendon College International Students.
Fair Trade at ESG
support fair trade practices
Each year we host a Fair Trade Fair, prior to the Christmas season, in support of workers around the world who are trying to create better lives for themselves and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity to shop for unique gifts made by artisans from Cambodia, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Northern Thailand, Haiti and more who are working to better their own lives and those of their families. Support fair trade by including some of these exotic, practical, and fun items in your holiday giving.