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“We Dare To Ask”

Today as the weather changed from sunny one minute to the blackest of clouds as a rain/hail/snow storm quickly rolled through, I was thinking about how this winter felt particularly long. When we found out it literally was the darkest winter in 80+ years, there was a collective sigh of relief that it didn’t just feel dark […]

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International Women’s Day

Mention homelessness and most Canadians think of a bundled man sleeping on a heating grate. The reality, however, is far more complex. Women experiencing homelessness are a particularly vulnerable group. On the streets, they are at great risk of physical, emotional and psychological harm. They live with higher rates of chronic health conditions, acute illness

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The Love That We Share

After a fairly long hiatus, I am thankful to be back to writing for (the) Mission Matters. For those of you who do not know me, I was the Founder and Director of Gateway before I transitioned to the Mission Strategist when we became Toronto Housing & Homeless Supports. This newsletter has been called (the) Mission Matters for

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Decades of Dedication

After decades of dedicated service with The Salvation Army, Brenda Wootten and Neil Church have retired. They held integral roles at Toronto Housing & Homeless Supports, providing support to every aspect of the work we do for many, many years. Brenda Wootten’s first job with The Salvation Army was as a waitress at Scotian Glen Camp. Since

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Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! A friend of mine recently posted the following lyric from O Holy Night – “A Thrill of Hope the Weary World Rejoices”. Weary feels like the exact right word to describe how I feel as we come to the end of 2021 and I know that each of you

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Santa Shuffle 2021

It’s a VIRTUAL EVENT! Run, Walk or Shuffle on December 4 and December 5 anywhere, anytime. What It’s All About… All funds raised through this year’s Toronto Santa Shuffle will be going directly to The Salvation Army Gateway, a shelter and Drop-in center for individuals experiencing homelessness and marginalization. Although The Gateway’s programming and operations

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Categorizing Others

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28) Categorizing others is something we have grown accustomed to doing. We have learned this way of thinking from an early age. On the elementary school playground, many of us were taught

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Embrace the Dirt

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying

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Restore Not Wreck

All of us, at one time or another, call out for justice to be done. We want things to be done fairly. Of course, it depends on your point of view as to how justice is to be done. On television, the reality judge shows reveal the completely different stories that are to be decided.

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