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).