Society & Community

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.

Cardus

End of Life Care (Canada)

Grant Year: 2015

Granted through Acts of Grace participation in Stronger Together


Grant Description


  • In 2011, Cardus released the "Not to be Forgotten" (2011) research report. This report provided numerous policy recommendations intended to shift Canada's reliance upon acute care facilities for end– of–life treatment and to make apparent the wide spectrum of social institutions. In early 2015, Cardus updated this research with a collation of specific recommendations to governments, organizations, and society in general that might advance this issue. The event was co-sponsored by the three co-chairs of “Not to be Forgotten” (Harold Albrecht MP, Joseph Comartin MP, and Frank Valeriote MP, who represent the three major political parties federally - pictured here with Ray Pennings, EVP of Cardus).


  • To foster further discussion in this area, Cardus convened two expert roundtables to provide additional detailed recommendations. Roundtable topics included loneliness and community response, religious and ethnic community hospice care best practices, and cutting edge practices of palliative care. Each roundtable event also received pre- and-post-event media attention that raised the profile of research and findings.


  • A second original piece of research was conducted to encourage a alternative approach to discussions about end of life care. The research explores the end of life options to identify what income support mechanisms have been proposed in various jurisdictions, what changes are feasible in the current economic and political climate, and to distill this research into practical recommendations that can be adopted by provincial and federal governments. Cardus leveraged this report to contribute to the public dialogue regarding aging and the provision of health care to Canadian seniors.

Cardus Family (formerly IMFC)

The Canada Family Life Project (Canada)

Grant Year: 2015

Granted through Acts of Grace participation in Stronger Together


Grant Description


  • Canadian census data shows that the Canadian family has undergone significant change over the last few decades. Yet these changing realities do not mirror Canadian aspirations. This original research seeks to examine and understand the gaps that exist between Canadian family desires and real life experience.


  • Using polling and focus groups, this research explores the family aspirations of Canadians and seeks to understand the barriers to achieving those aspirations today. Leveraging previous Focus on the Family and IMFC research about attitudes towards family, the report highlights what is happening to the Canadian family and what can be done about it. This research seeks to overcome family breakdown in all its forms as well as encourage Canadians to live out their family aspirations. 


  • The Canada Family Life Project is the first opinion survey on Canadian family life in over 10 years. This data is essential to engaging the public square and maintaining a presence in the national media from a faith-based perspective. Credible, relevant data is an important currency in addressing social issues and this has implications for public policy, business, education and faith groups. The project contributes to the body of data shared with other think tanks, activists and academics and encourages further research in the area of marriage and family.

CityKidz Ministries

CityYouth Transportation (Canada)

Recurring Grant - Grant Years: 2014-2017


Grant Description


  • CityYouth is a mid-week mentorship and leadership development program for youth from low income neighbourhoods. With an emphasis on faith, leadership and lifestyle through a small group mentoring approach. Teens are invited to discuss topics of interest and share life experiences in a safe environment with guidance and facilitation by a CityYouth staff person or volunteer. Through training and volunteer opportunities, CityYouth participants develop increased resilience and servant leadership skills.


  • Teens participating in CityYouth gain leadership experience by serving as bus helpers and Junior Leaders for the CityKidz and KinderKidz Saturday morning programs. Junior Leaders are assigned to a CityKidz volunteer team, under the direction of a team captain, where they receive training, serve and are mentored by their Team Captain and their fellow Team Members. In their final year of CityYouth, participants become part of a "RoadMaps" program where life skills are included along with the CityKidz objectives of faith, leadership and life style.


  • A special ceremony is held each year for CityYouth and Roadmaps graduates. This event, put on in partnership with Hamilton Police Service and Sons of Italy, gives the youth the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with CityKidz mentors, staff, volunteers and supporters. Each year, youth from the CityYouth program are also invited to participate in the CityKidz Ministries red carpet gala. This not only provides the opportunity for them to enjoy a fancy evening out but also a chance to share their story with others and to be encouraged by the community.

Prison Fellowship Canada

The Sycamore Tree Project (Canada)

Grant year: 2018


Grant Description


  • The Sycamore Tree Project takes its name from the story of Zacchaeus and his encounter with Jesus (Luke 19:1-10). Already used in 34 countries with more than 3,500 victims and prisoners, this will be the first program of its kind in Canada. This pilot program will provide a restorative justice curriculum in 10 Canadian federal correctional facilities. In other countries around the world, research shows The Sycamore Tree Project directly impacts how inmates view crime and has effectively reduced the rate at which ex-offenders re-commit crimes.


  • Restorative justice is based on an understanding that crime is a violation of people and relationships. The principles of restorative justice are based on respect, compassion, forgiveness and community. Restorative justice encourages meaningful engagement and accountability and provides an opportunity for healing, reparation and reintegration. A restorative approach asks three questions in the aftermath of crime: Who was harmed? What are their needs? Who is responsible for addressing those needs?


  • By emphasizing the responsibility of offenders to repair the harm caused by their crime, the program supports a ministry of reconciliation and restoration to inmates, ex-offenders, their families and victims through structured exercises that bring offenders and surrogate victims together. Trained Prison Fellowship Canada volunteers facilitate discussions aimed at creating a safe environment for people to share their stories of crime, and its impact, and build and common understanding to move forward along the pathway to healing and transformation.