OUR IMPACTServices Valued at Over $13 million a Year
$3.7 million in suicide prevention
$4.2 million in crime prevention
$137,000 in enhancing health
We Build Community
All Saints’ builds a strong sense of community and neighbourhood. John, who once was tormented by those who had badly beaten him, would rarely leave his apartment except to come to the refuge offered by nearby All Saints’ Church, Sherbourne Street. After ten years of terror, his name finally rose to the top of the waiting list for safer housing. Yet though he has now found security in a different neighbourhood, John still returns often to All Saints in appreciation of what it has meant to him.
We Foster Family
All Saints’ cultivates a sense of family and belonging. Among those who have borne derogatory labels such as “drug addict”, “sex trade worker”, “developmentally deficient”, they are able to show their gifts, strengths and capacities that our wider Toronto community often has failed to recognize. They provide a sense of family to each other, caring for each other and for the building’s facilities. They provide protection for each other and for staff and for the drop-in space. They are accepting of each other. They help out at the church, cleaning, gardening, unloading the trucks; they offer us real-world skills as well like construction, stone masonry, carpentry, and musicianship.
We Are an Economic Catalyst
All Saints’ provides a measurable economic impact that would mean a huge financial loss to the city economy were All Saints’ to disappear. The June, 2016 report of the Toronto Halo Project exploring the economic impact of faith communities in the City of Toronto estimated All Saints’ to have an annual economic impact on its surrounding community of $13,547,274.73. The report also states, “All Saints exhibits a remarkable spending to impact ratio of 1:34” in relating its economic impact on the community to its direct spending. (http://www.haloproject.ca)
We Build a Safer Neighbourhood
All Saints’ lowers the levels of violence and bullying in the neighbourhood because there is a respect for the church building’s “turf”. The Halo Report declares, “When exploring the category of Individual Impact in greater detail we observe that crime prevention and prevention of suicide serve as the largest two areas of impact.” The study sets an annual value of $3,770,850 that All Saints’ contributes to the community through the prevention of suicide and $8,224,740 that our ministry contributes by the prevention of crime.
We Foster a Vibrant Community
The foundation of the church building itself has brought about the implantation of low-income people to this Dundas and Sherbourne neighbourhood. Through the drop-ins and 319 Dundas St. E. low-income people have rooted themselves into the heart of our city, and they have used their strengths to inter-weave themselves into its fabric in such a way that they will not easily be dislodged. Since 1970 when All Saints’ first opened its parish hall to the Friendship Centre drop-in as a parlour for single low-income people living in nearby rooming houses through 1981 when All Saints’ was sheltering up to 200 people each winter night on the floors of its church to today All Saints’ has remained here establishing its low-income community in the heart Toronto’s inner city.
people prevented from going to prison
people helped with drug or alcohol abuse
people assisted in finding housing or social services
relationships saved from divorce or separation
relationships treated or terminated due to abuse
OUR NEIGHBOURS & WEEKLY DROP-IN GUESTS
Dundas & Sherbourne
- Making Under $20,000 30% 30%
- One Person Households 62% 62%
- Unemployed – East of Sherbourne 12% 12%
- Unemployed – West of Sherbourne 17% 17%
- Born in Canada 63% 63%
- Higher Education (Post High School) 33% 33%
- Percentage of Females 42% 42%
- Housing Stock Rented 93% 93%
- Aboriginals as a Percentage of the Homeless Population 16% 16%
- Percentage of Toronto Homeless Population Using the Drop-In 44% 44%
- Making Under $20,000 16% 16%
- One Person Households 30% 30%
- Unemployed – Entire City 8% 8%
- Unemployed – Entire City 8% 8%
- Born in Canada 49% 49%
- Higher Education (Post High School) 49% 49%
- 0% 0%
- Housing Stock Rented 46% 46%
- Aboriginals as a Percentage of the General Population 1% 1%
OUR DROP-IN FOR SEX WORKERS
- 50% of our guests have only some school, 25% have just high school (compared to 21% with just high school and 25% with high school in the wider city.
- Many of the sex workers are on social assistance and /or are living with assistance from food banks / meal programs. Some of the sex workers also supplement their income by doing part time work.
- The housing situation of 58% of the respondents is unstable: they are either precariously housed, living in a rooming house, homeless, living in shelters or on the street or in parks.
- Survey findings show that vast majority (94%) use drugs.
- 65% of the respondents have rated their health condition as fair to very poor. The corresponding figure for the Toronto population is 61 per cent who claimed they have excellent to very good health condition.
- More than a third of the respondents have been involved in sex trade for 15 years and more. Only a small number have been involved in sex work for less than 3 years. More than half (55%) of the sex workers have been involved for 9 years and above.
315 Dundas Street East (The southeast corner of Sherbourne & Dundas) Toronto, ON M5A 2A2
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