Charity Capacity

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.

541 Eatery & Exchange

Commercial Dishwasher System (Canada)

Grant Year: 2017

Grant Description

  • 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.

Camp Cherith Ontario

Dining Hall Renovations (Canada)

Grant Year: 2016

Grant Description

  • The Dining Hall, constructed in 1961, needed to be raised and set on a new foundation as the first phase of significant redesign and renovation.

  • The Dining Hall was raised in order to set it on new supports and pour a foundation.  Once set, the Dining Hall was lowered onto the new supports and foundation before further renovations were completed.

  • As a second phase of renovation to the Dining Hall, a new porch was built as well as new doors, windows, roof and siding installed.

NorthWind Family Ministries

A Kitchen in the NorthWind Building (Canada)

Grant Year: 2019

Grant Description

  • 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.

Pregnancy Care Canada

Right Tools for Life: Training Manual Update (Canada)

Grant Year: 2017

Grant Description

  • 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.

The Scott Mission

Warehouse Solutions Project (Canada)

Grant Year: 2017

Grant Description

  • 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.