The Jane Finch Community Ministry operates from a Toronto Community Housing building in the Firgrove community. Since 1982 this ministry has been providing support in community development and organizing, pastoral care, and advocacy. The Jane Finch Community Ministry recognizes how local youth risk falling victim to gang violence due to social stigma, exposure to violence, poverty, and soaring unemployment rates. In addition to care and advocacy with the community, this ministry provides employment training for youth and annually distributes eight $1,000 scholarships and 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies. It also runs a micro-credit program that provides loans to local entrepreneurs who have great business ideas but no bank credit. Collaboration between Jane Finch Community Ministry and area residents brought healing to the community in the summer of 2014 when they unveiled a mural commemorating 10 youth from the Firgrove neighbourhood who had been killed. Community minister Barry Rieder led a candlelighting service when the Towards a Higher Journey mural was unveiled and offered this blessing: “Go in peace and keep the memory of these youth alive in your hearts.” We, who give for Mission and Service, stand in solidarity with the Jane Finch community and provide hope for a different future. Please continue to give generously.
Mighty and tender God, through our gifts for Mission and Service we respond to your call to mend the world.