Presbyterian World Service and Development
The Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) is the agency of the Presbyterian Church in Canada responsible for undertaking development activities, disaster relief, and education of congregations to these world-wide needs. Members of Calvin’s congregation contribute financial support to the PWS&D. Calvin contact: Emily Bisset
Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank
This outreach program is sponsored by the Churches-on-the-Hill, a partnership of several Christian churches in the Yonge-St. Clair area. The Food Bank is located at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church and is open on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Calvin contact: Sue Thomson
Evangel Hall, supported by The Presbyterian Church in Canada, has been reaching out to Toronto’s homeless and afflicted population. Many of these people find community at the Hall. They come for food, for help to access services, for warm clothing and shelter out of the cold. Evangel Hall welcomes everybody with a warm smile and kind heart. They strive to meet the material, emotional and spiritual needs of those who seek our help. Calvin contact: Andra Hunter
Boarding Homes Ministry
In towns and cities across the country there are countless boarding homes. Residents spend their days in the paradox of overcrowding and isolation. To address the spiritual and social needs of the residents, and to enrich congregations, Boarding Homes Ministry has developed a model for building Christian community in these homes. During each visit the residents and volunteers socialize and celebrate life. They often gather around food and enjoy each other’s company. There is also a time set aside for ecumenical worship in the home. Many of the residents do not feel comfortable in a conventional church setting and are eager to join in the praise, music and prayer. Calvin contact: Andra Hunter
Ten Thousand Villages
Calvin uses coffee obtained from Ten Thousand Villages, an organization that provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. Coffee from Ten Thousand Villages is coffee with a conscience. 454g beans or ground. A premium medium roasted Arabica coffee grown by small-scale farmers in Colombia. Calvin contact: Beryl Thomson
IFAT, the global network of Fair Trade Organizations. IFAT’s mission is to improve the livelihoods and well being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting Fair Trade Organizations, and speaking out for greater justice in world trade.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation
The Stephen Lewis Foundation leaped into existence with speed and urgency, in part due to the astonishing outpouring of support from Canadians who want to join the effort to address the horror of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.