This page highlights pictures from projects supported by Acts of Grace within the most recent five years.
This page highlights pictures from projects supported by Acts of Grace within the most recent five years.
Photos are listed in alphabetical order by charity name. Click on the charity's name to be redirected to its website. Click on the Grant Description link to learn more about each grant. These pictures are used with the express permission of the organization that provided them and are not to be reproduced for any other purpose.
This restaurant and community hub offers affordable, nutritious food in a friendly environment. Paying customers can also purchase buttons that others can use to help purchase a meal or drink. To further address food insecurity in this Hamilton community, various other activities take place here including homework clubs, kitchen and barista skills training, eat well workshops, volunteer opportunities and much more.
When 541 opened in 2014, the number of people we would serve was not anticipated. 541 has been using a counter top front-loading dishwasher since it opened, with a small grease trap and a couple of odd tables at either end. However, due to heavier than expected use, the original dishwasher broke down in 2017. Although 541 was able to borrow a temporary replacement, a commercial pull-through unit is necessary to keep up with service as well as food safety standards.
To increase the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of the kitchen service, the inadequate front load dishwasher was replaced by a commercial pull-through unit. Upgrades also included renovations to the kitchen window, plumbing, electrical and grease trap. With these enhancements, it is much easier and faster for the volunteers to operate. The new dishwasher also has an internal condensing system to keep the kitchen cool. This dishwasher is an essential part of ensuring food and volunteer safety in the kitchen.
The existing CRM software used by Global Disciples Canada is no longer adequate to meet the growing needs of the organization nor continued effective integration with the US organization. In order to ensure the long-term effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the Global Disciples Canada office and administration, Global Disciples Canada requires an updated and scaleable CRM solution.
To ensure continued and enhanced integration with Global Disciples US, Global Disciples Canada will also implement Salesforce and a portion of the Canadian processes will be integrated with the US instance as enhancements to the US Salesforce org. This installation will increase the reliability of Global Disciples CRM data and reporting and the efficiency and effectiveness of Global Disciples Canada CRM processes and outcomes. The installation will enhance the ongoing integration of Canadian-US reporting and data management processes and outcomes.
The investments made into this CRM software will directly enable the Global Disciples Canada office to more effectively develop its Canadian partner network in order to sustainably support the high demand for church discipleship-mission, small business and leadership training programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These programs equip clusters of local churches to reach their own or other near-culture peoples with the Gospel.
Over the last several years, NorthWind Family Ministries has experienced significant growth in its ministry. The limited space at the existing 138 May St location has increasingly posed challenges in accommodating the growing needs for programming and counselling causing long wait times. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated these challenges necessitating social distancing, rendering half of the counselling offices at 138 May St unusable due to inadequate space for social distancing between counsellor & client. Approximately 18 months ago, NorthWind approached the City of Thunder Bay about a 9000 sq ft building it put up for sale directly across the road at 141 May St. South. After a year-long process, NorthWind took possession of 141 May St in early 2021.
Pictured here: The 141 May St South building purchased by NorthWind Family Ministries in early 2021.
Although the building was empty for over a year, it only needed cosmetic updates and cleaning to enable operations to begin in the new facility within 14 days. The individual counselling, Family Strengthening Program and LifeBuild offices all moved to 141 May St. This new facility increases counselling capacity from 1 to 3 family counselling offices. The counselling offices at 141 May St have adequate space for social distancing between counsellor and client. Moving the counselling and LifeBuild departments to 141 May St also frees up space at 138 May St for the Learning Centre, Warm Reprieve/Next Steps, the Gathering, Cooking for Life & Bible studies, which sometimes moved to other locations due to space constraints.
Pictured here: A counselling office at the 141 May St location.
However, the 141 May St building is presently heated by electric boilers causing expensive heating bills. In order to sustainably and affordably heat 141 May St, NorthWind must retrofit the building with a natural gas heating system including bringing the natural gas line to the building. This retrofit will not only safely, effectively and efficiently heat the building space at 141 May St but will also increase the long-term affordability of operations at 141 May St and long term sustainability of NorthWind's programming and services overall.
Pictured here: The electric boiler heating system at the 141 May St South location.
Many Indigenous people in the Thunder Bay area and northern communities have suffered greatly and experience ongoing trauma, resulting in alcohol/drug addictions, poverty, poor education, and violence. In coming alongside Canadian Aboriginals on their journey to know God and his intimate character, NorthWind provides meals and snacks as part of its programming to help provide sacred places for Indigenous people to embrace their stories, foster belongingness through community, and improve meaningful connections to God and one another.
Pictured here: The original food prep "kitchen" area in the NorthWind building.
Originally, the NorthWind building did not have a full kitchen onsite; only a fridge, microwave, minimal storage and insufficient sink/wash area. Although NorthWind used work arounds for volunteers to bring food from home (rice cookers, electric roasters, etc.), it was increasingly difficult, costly and unsustainable as programs grew. This was especially true for The Gathering, which regularly serves 100+ people at a weekly Bible Study and for family strengthening programs when families stay in the building 3-5 days at a time.
Pictured here: Participants at "The Gathering" enjoy a meal together.
An onsite kitchen has significantly increased the capacity and effectiveness of NorthWind in offering nutritious meals to its clients while leveraging bulk purchases and sales. Already, Northwind had added a second seating of The Gathering, doubling the number of people that attend. The new kitchen also facilitates NorthWind offering cooking skills classes as part of its Life-Build programs. These classes help participants learn how to provide healthy, affordable meals for their families, many of whom are food insecure.
Pictured here: The new kitchen including new cabinets, countertops and appliances as well as all new dishes, cutlery, cookware and serving pieces.
The Organized Kaos Apprenticing in Life and Trade model has proven very successful in the last several years with significantly increasing demand for increased quantity and variety in OK programs in the Paris/Brantford, Ontario area. Organized Kaos believes that this hands-on mentorship approach can not only be further expanded in its current location but also replicated in other locations across Canada to further increase the impact to young people's lives.
Pictured here: Youth work with their mentor. The OK mentorship model breaks down barriers to have real conversations about faith and life.
In order to effectively support replication and growth of the Organized Kaos model, Organized Kaos will develop an Operations Manual that outlines how to effectively start, implement, manage and grow an OK-model organization. This manual will enable the effective replication and implementation of the Organized Kaos model in new locations as well as support more effective implementation, management, and growth of current OK locations.
Pictured here: Youth work with their mentor. OK programs are offered in a variety of skilled trades including automotive, construction, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, stone carving, framing and others.
The Operations Manual will help Organized Kaos significantly expand its reach beyond its immediate programming to youth and communities throughout Canada. By extending its reach to other locations, Organized Kaos will be able to inspire hope and purpose to youth throughout Canada while continuing to engage skilled trades persons from the local church in a safe mentorship environment.
Pictured here: Youth work with their mentor. Organized Kaos uses a “side-to-side” mentorship, in which trades people teach youth, ages 13-17, in a hands on approach.
Pregnancy Care Canada (formerly CAPSS) is a Christ-centred national organization dedicated to upholding life by equipping pregnancy care centres and local communities with resources, education, and support to compassionately serve those challenged by an unexpected pregnancy. The desired impact is for every person in Canada facing a pregnancy decision to have access to a Pregnancy Care Centre.
As part of a broader initiative to upgrade the Pregnancy Care Canada web infrastructure and the resources made available to affiliated Pregnancy Care Centres across Canada, American training manuals will be reviewed and editions that reflect Canadian standards, statistics and regulations will be created.
This work includes the development of templates, training materials, and other resources. These materials will enable Pregnancy Care Canada to more effectively partner with affiliated Pregnancy Care Centres, as these centres equip staff and volunteers to serve clients.
Empowered by God’s grace and provision, The Scott Mission welcomes individuals and families in Toronto, Ontario to access practical resources, as well as spiritual and relational resources in a journey towards hope and transformation. The Scott Mission maintains and operates two warehouse facilities that provide supplies for its food and clothing banks and programs.
This project provides funds to purchase and put into service a new forklift to manage the increased amount of goods needed for a growing number of clients to the food and clothing banks. The grant was also used to provide the necessary training for staff to operate the new forklift. Pictured here: The new forklift purchased with Acts of Grace funds.
As the Mission builds capacity at the O'Connor Family Centre warehouse, these funds will also be used to repair the existing forklift. Pictured here: The previously existing forklift which will continue be maintained using a portion of the Acts of Grace grant.