Clearing Hurdles Together

About

 
Grace Toronto Church, 383 Jarvis Street

Grace Toronto Church, 383 Jarvis Street

 
 

Our History

It all started when…

Grace Toronto Church moved into Old St. Andrew Church on the corner of Jarvis and Carlton Street in November 2017, making it its new home. The church community did not intend to just inhabit the beautiful church building but endeavoured to be good neighbours by being involved in the life of the community members around the church.

In 2017-2018, a task force canvased the community and agencies concerning the neighbours’ needs. It became increasingly clear that a significant gap existed between the individuals needing social services and the system itself. One of the primary reasons this gap exists is due to time constraints and limited agency personnel to help people, as well as the complicated nature of applying to the Ontario Social Services system. 

As a result, Grace Toronto Church formed the Grace Advocacy Clinic. A trained team of volunteers began holding a clinic every Saturday from 10 am-1 pm as of October 20, 2018. Volunteers help to navigate the Ontario social assistance website and fill out forms for Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support, and host a free tax clinic.

The Grace Advocacy Clinic is a ministry of Grace Toronto Church under the outreach portfolio of The Grace Centre for Mercy and Justice (formerly known as Hope Toronto). 

 
 
 

Our Mission

The Grace Advocacy Clinic exists to fill a gap for people in our city who need help with applying to Ontario Social Services for Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program, or completing a tax return.

It also exists to offer opportunity to trained volunteers of Grace Toronto Church to employ their skills and experiences for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of the people coming to the Clinic.

 
 
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Clearing hurdles together…

“With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.”

Psalm 18:29 (NIV)

Our Vision

Through the Grace Advocacy Clinic, we envision:

  • meeting a practical need of our surrounding community – through assistance in the navigation of the Ontario Social Services system, the filling out of OW/ODSP forms, and hosting a free tax clinic;

  • reducing homelessness and improving living conditions in our city – through supporting people in need of welfare or disability benefits to connect to and receive Social Services;

  • utilizing the skills of Grace Toronto Church volunteers - through a clinic in our church building that serves the needs of people to get connected to Ontario Social Services;

  • offering hope for spiritual transformation of lives – through sharing the Good News of Christ as opportunities arise from being engaged on a practical level.  


In offering this free service we hope to clear hurdles together with the people who need support, while extending the love of God.