WE WORK WITH PARTNERS
There are so many who are making an impact in the Greater Toronto Area and we are thrilled to partner with five organizations who are making lasting change in the lives of people they serve. Urban Covenant's goal is to grow according to our resources and the more we raise, the more Partners we can engage.
Urban Covenant understands that no one person, one charity or one church can reach our cities alone.
CURRENT MINISTRY PARTNERS
Yonge Street Mission
Since 1896, Yonge Street Mission has been reaching out to meet the needs of people living in poverty in Toronto. Our diverse programs have made a positive difference in the lives of families, seniors, socially isolated adults, street-involved youth and children growing up in our low-income community. Last year alone, we welcomed 18,000 individuals in over 185,000 visits.
At YSM, we’re committed to being a pivotal agent of change in the community. Our branches offer services, programs and networks of mutual support that allow those in need to improve their lives. These include food bank and meal programs, employment and computer training, school readiness programs, counseling, daycare and a post-secondary Education Award. With a staff of 130 and some 3,500 volunteers, we assist everyone who comes through our doors strictly on the basis of need.
We’re dedicated to inspiring all people to achieve their full potential, regardless of ethnicity, religion, economic status, gender, social condition or sexual orientation.
Yonge Street Mission is called to demonstrate God’s love, peace and justice to people living in economic, social and spiritual poverty in Toronto.
As a not-for-profit Christian faith community, we acknowledge that every person is created in the image of God and has inherent value and dignity.
We assist as many people as possible to experience full participation in society.
The Scott Mission
When Morris and Annie Zeidman started The Scott Mission in 1941, they told themselves they would serve the needs of the poor and lost in the community as long as God provided the means.
Now, after 70 years, it is evident that God has blessed the Mission in every way. The destitute continue to find food, shelter and clothing. The abandoned find the courage to forgive. The downcast find the strength to restore broken relationships and achieve their dreams. The lonely find the perfect friend in Jesus.
In addition, there are more than 100 staff and 5,000 volunteers who dedicate themselves to carrying on the Zeidmans’ legacy of love and service.
The Mission Statement of The Scott Mission is as follows:
"Through Christ's love, we care.
We reach out to those who have been passed by.
We restore hope.
We build community."
The goal of the Mission is to serve Jesus Christ as Lord and Master in faith and through effective stewardship, putting the spirit of Christ into concrete, positive action through well-rounded, spiritual and social services to men, women and children where there is a defined need and as means are provided.
Toronto City Mission
For 125 years, Toronto City Mission assisted people living in poverty through the provision of food, clothing, evangelism and the opportunity to escape the city in the summertime. In 1999, however, the Board of Directors and the leadership of Toronto City Mission identified a void in the work of poverty relief and transformation in the City of Toronto. While many organizations focused on providing shelter, food and clothing resources in an effort to relieve poverty, few focused on the development and transformation of people and communities where poverty is evident. Hence, for the past ten years, Toronto City Mission has been focusing on developing and transforming children, families and communities rather than providing relief assistance. We engage in this process of development and transformation through specific programs that target children and families as well as through the building of trusting relationships with our community staff and volunteers.
Toronto City Mission exists to demonstrate God’s love. To transform at-risk communities, we will:
- partner with our neighbours,
- form strong relationships,
- cultivate community leadership and
- provide proactive social and educational programs.
By God’s grace, we envision… A city of vibrant, hope-filled communities where neighbours experience and share God’s love.
Matthew House envisions a vast network of Christian communities beginning in Canada and stretching around the world, capable of welcoming and assisting all refugees in their journey from risk and danger to safety and security.
Matthew House welcomes newly-arrived refugees with God's love by providing:
Safe Shelter, settlement assistance and bridges into the community, while inspiring others through its ministry model.
The Jesus Network
The Jesus Network is a cross cultural ministry that reaches out to several different communities in the Greater Toronto Area. We are an incarnational ministry and we live and operate in the most religiously diverse, densely populated areas in all of North America. We strive to be the ‘hands and feet’ of Jesus in our communities and reach our neighbours with the Gospel of Jesus.
The Jesus Network demonstrates this philosophy of living incarnationally by bringing together daily life, work and church all into one cohesive bond. Rather than inviting neighbours to scheduled church programs, team members love them as they ride the elevator together, walk down the hall or shop in the mall.