H.O.P.E. 2017 – Thank YOU!

Thank you to all of our donors and sponsors for helping create an event to remember!

Santa Clause was greeted with exuberant cheer by children and families as we celebrated the holiday season with warmth, delicious food, and delightful gifts for each child. We will never forget all the happy grins as wrapping paper flew through the air!

As we did last year, we offered two delicious dinners for approximately 250 guests as well as gifts for each child provided by the Toys for Tots program with the Peel Regional Police. This year, we were joined by Savi Khanna who spent hours peeling, chopping, and roasting  – she and her Girl Guide Leaders took over the kitchen to give us an amazing meal!

Watch for more pictures from the event to pop up soon!

Every year, we rely on volunteers to prepare and deliver the HOPE Family Christmas Dinner. If you enjoy helping a heartfelt cause with a fun group of people, please consider signing up to be a volunteer for HOPE 2018!

H.O.P.E. 2016 – a great success

Fun, Joy, Cheer and Laughter was had by all. Compared to last year, we had more than two times the volunteers and more than two times the activities for the children. More than two times the number of guests means more than two times the number of gifts and more than two times the food.

Thank you to all those that helped and thank you to all our guests this year. We had a very successful day yesterday. ~230 members of the community attended. It was our honour and privilege to serve. Regardless if only one family showed up or the record number we saw, our HOPE is that the children saw HOPE and that they have been changed through this experience.

The children met Santa, received gifts, enjoyed a meal with family and friends, received balloon animals/hats, had their faces painted, participated in arts and crafts that included making bracelets, making popsicle stick puzzles, coloring and building castles with Jenga blocks.

There were 2 sit down meal times due to the number of guests. 2 busses brought neighbors from the Knightsbridge area with Ted and Jenn in the Neighborhood and many more guests from The Journey Neighbourhood Centre, Ste. Louise Foodbank and Regeneration Outreach Community.

Here are a few pictures that tell the whole story.

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Toys for Tots – a key ingredient for H.O.P.E.

H.O.P.E. Toronto is very much fueled by the Toys for Tots program. Without this resource, the majority of monetary donations would be spent to ensure there is a little something for everyone from Jolly Old St. Nicholas.

The Peel Regional Police, in partnership with the Salvation Army and Canadian Tire, collect new, unwrapped toys for distribution as gifts to under privileged children, in the Region of Peel, during the December festive season.

Goals

The primary goal of the Toys for Tots program is to serve the needs of financially disadvantaged children in the Region of Peel, by delivering a message of hope and encouragement to them and their families, in a manner which is meaningful and relevant.

Learn more here:
http://www.peelpolice.on.ca/en/newsevents/toysfortots.asp

A Closer Look at Ste Louise Outreach Centre of Peel

Over 2000 families are registered for their services!
Ste. Louise was founded by the late Irene Baker


Irene started assisting families in need, in her own basement as far back as 1982.
By August 13, 1985 the Centre was incorporated as a non-profit, REGISTERED charity organization. (Our Registration number is 11917-2856-RR0001). Volunteer based for 30 years. No Government Funding.
Their mandate is to feed the hungry, while leaving them with a sense of dignity
They are continually blessed with donations from the local community. They then distribute the donations free of charge to registered families who have shown need. 
Who They Serve:


ANY INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY IN NEED

Mental health patients
Abused Women and Children
Families starting over from a SHELTER
FIRE Victims
Individuals with emotional &/or physical disabilities
Individuals relying on Welfare (OW-Ontario Works)
Newcomers (Refugees & Landed Immigrants)
Single Mothers and TEEN moms
Two Parent families (with little or no income)
Students
Smaller food banks
School breakfast programs
Youth groups

What they provide:

Food (perishable & non-perishable – fresh/canned/frozen)
Beverages (milk, juice, ensure, coffee, tea, hot chocolate)
Personal products (shampoo, soap, razors, toilet paper and more)
Cleaning products (laundry soap, dish soap, etc.)
Baby items (formula, diapers, blankets, clothes, strollers and toys  Miscellaneous items ( books, pictures, household items, linens.
Back to School Packages in September
Clothes (all year).
NEW toys (Christmas, Birthdays and New Baby packages)
For more information and to learn how you can get involved, please visit:
Address
32 Haggert Ave. North
Brampton, Ontario L6X 1Y3
Center Telephone Number
905-454-2144
To make Off Hour Donations
416-704-0946
Contact:
Catherine Rivera, Board President / Volunteer
Regular Center Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday  10:30 am – 2:00pm.
CLOSED ALL HOLIDAYS (same as Schools)

Elves @ Work

The gifts were created and gathered with care. Here is a glimps at one of Santas mobile workshops where the finishing touches are put on gifts in preparation for distribution.

Everyone loves a great surprise. There is a sense of wonder and anticipation before a gift is opened. A sense of pure joy and happiness then engulfs you as you reveal what is inside.

These are live photos of the great work being done at Regeneration tonight. They are some of Santas top Elves hard at work. Without them the element of surprise would be missing. It’s their important task to wrap each and every gift. They will be finishing up soon and then it’s on to the next location 🙂

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A Closer Look at Regeneration Outreach Community

Regeneration serves the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, and those living in extreme poverty. This is accomplished through meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of guests. They have been lending their space for the H.O.P.E. event every year and it is through their generosity that we have a venue that helps H.O.P.E Toronto achieve it’s mission of extending support for other organizations in the community. THANK YOU!

Their History

Regeneration Outreach Community started as a “living room for those without a living room,” a safe and caring space for the homeless and vulnerable. Centered around caring relationships, Regeneration sought to meet both the practical and spiritual needs of guests, even if that just meant a cup of coffee and a listening ear.

Regeneration had a number of homes before Grace United Church stepped up and a long-term lease was established. In 2011, the Regeneration offices officially opened.

Since then, Regeneration has seen tremendous growth, adding several new programs and services in order to meet the growing need in our community. What used to be a four-day breakfast program has multiplied into several life-giving programs offered each day, 365 days a year, so that struggling people can build hope for tomorrow.

One comment from a guest encompasses everything Regeneration strives to provide: “Thanks for the place to be.”

For more information and to learn how you can get involved and contribute, please visit.

http://regenbrampton.com/

156 Main Street N., Brampton, ON L6V 1N9
phone 905‑796‑5888email info@regenbrampton.com

Your Supermarket with a Heart!

This year, the H.O.P.E. event has been blessed by 2 Fortinos franchise owners. This is truly your supermarket with a heart as their corporate logo suggests. From everyone at H.O.P.E. and the partner organizations, we’d like to extend a most gracious THANK YOU for your continued support and food contributions.

Without your generosity, the organizations supported would not receive near as much funding from our monetary donations collected.

Here’s to another massively successful H.O.P.E. event where we serve and fill bellies with healthy food while spreading cheer.

Visit Fortinos at: http://www.fortinos.ca/en_CA.html/

Video – The Regen Mission and Program – An Interview with Ted Brown

Regeneration Outreach Community strives to provide a safe and caring space for those in need – executive director Ted Brown shows how Regen is able to support the GTA community and shares his vision for Regen’s future. He describes the incredible growth that Regeneration Outreach Community has experienced and the generosity that has enabled wholesome meals and programs to be developed that produce a positive impact on the community. For example, Regen is now growing and selling vegetables right here in our community! They also have a Choir 🙂

Faith, Hope, Love – Student Volunteers

We are proud to announce that we have confirmed 20 to 30 students from St. Thomas Aquinas among the group of volunteers within our presence during the H.O.P.E. event this year.

The students will be assisting with a variety of items including organized craft activities and games for the children + anything else needed around the kitchen and for preparations between the 2 groups of attendees.

Your assistance and enthusiasm is much appreciated and welcomed. As the event grows, your talents will become a great asset to the initiative of touching the lives of as many children as possible each year.

Help us show our gratitude for this collection of students and congratulate them for taking this initiative by giving them a virtual high five !

For more information about the school visit: http://dpcdsb.org/AQUIN/

What it is to Tithe

In ancient times the tithe was a requirement of the Law and tied to giving a certain percentage of earnings, crops, livestock etc. that was given to the temple.

Some people struggle with the concept but this description found on the internet should help provide an understanding of this spirit of giving and serving.

The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the person and the needs of the community and their surroundings. Everyone should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and/or how much to give (James 1:5). ABOVE ALL, ALL TITHES AND OFFERINGS SHOULD BE GIVEN WITH PURE MOTIVES AND AN ATTITUDE OF THANKS AND SERVICE TO THE GREATER GOOD.  “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).