Advent, the period leading up to Christmas, is often a time of giving.  It is a way of honouring the creator by sharing what we have with others within creation.  In the event that people have money to spare and are interesting in suggestions of organisations that could use your gifts, I have the following suggestions.   I am current or past director of all of these organisations.

1. St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society
138 Pears Ave. #801
, Toronto, Ontario
  M5R 3K6

St. Clare’s is in its eleventh year, providing affordable housing to people, most of whom come as a result of referrals from agencies working directly with the homeless, marginalized and difficult to house. St. Clare’s grew out of Toronto Action for Social Change, which organised a number of creative protests during the Harris years. More information can be found at:

2. FoodShare Toronto
90 Croatia Street, Toronto, ON M6H 1K9

From the good food box programme to community gardening to advocating for sustainable food policies, FoodShare works hard to make sure that social justice includes what is on the table. More information can be found at:

3. Rooftops Canada
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 313, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T9

Rooftops Canada works with overseas partners in countries from the Baltic Sea to Zimbabwe to “improve housing conditions, build sustainable communities and develop a shared vision of equitable global development. “ More information can be found at:

4. Student Christian Movement of Canada
310 Danforth Ave., 
Toronto ON M4K 1N6

The SCM has a long history of being an inclusive faith-based voice for positive radical social change university campuses. From responding to homelessness to the Queer and Christian Without Contradiction initiative, the SCM continues to link reflection with action. More information can be found at:

5. Elizabeth Fry Society
215 Wellesley Street E.
, Toronto ON M4X 1G1

The Elizabeth Fry Society provides effective support for women involved with the criminal justice system. From transitional housing to jail support, E Fry makes a difference in the lives of women in conflict with the law. More information can be found at:

6. CHFT Charitable Fund
658 Danforth Avenue, Suite 306
Toronto, ON, M4J 5B9

The CHFT Charitable Fund is a project of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto. Its programmes range from diversity scholarships to support for the Green Roof initiative at Hugh Garner Housing Co-operative. More information can be found at:


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