Event date: 2/22/2020 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Export event
Event Location: Summit Church
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO January 27, 2020 (LSN) Since 2008, hundreds have come through the doors of Grace Place and many needs have been met through the generosity of the citizens of Thunder Bay. Grace Place is also a giving hub, an outlet for those that want to give back, by volunteering their time and resources.
Since its beginning in 2008, Grace Place, (operated by Grace Ministries of Thunder Bay) located in the downtown south core of Thunder Bay, continues to remain the stability for many needing an extra helping hand. Grace Place serves as a community hub for those in the area and often fills the needs for those newly arriving to the city. It is often challenging for people on fixed incomes to make ends meet, to find housing and for those living on the streets to cope with the many challenges they face. Grace Place seeks to ease that burden and to be a support to make the transition from homelessness to independent living easier.
Grace Place is encouraging Thunder Bay residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year walk. A family-friendly winter fundraising event for Thunder Bay’s homeless, hungry and hurting, the WALK takes place on the evening of February 22, 2020.
Thousands of participants will be taking part in the WALK in an anticipated 140 cities across Canada. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of Grace Place in providing much-needed support to members of our community.
The Thunder Bay WALK begins and ends at the Summit Church, located at 515 North Syndicate Ave, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm bowl of mild, medium or hot chili. Those brave, can sample the hot chili sponsored by Heart Beat Hot Sauce, sure to warm any cold walker. Donning iconic blue and grey toques, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.
This is Grace Place’s 8th year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and they’re aiming to raise $70,000 for ongoing funding to support the Out of the Cold Program at Grace Place. An expected 350 walkers and 50 teams, including staff and friends of Grace Place are expected to brave the cold winter's night. All team captains and walkers can sign register on-line and supporters can give via the secure Coldest Night of the Year website. cnoy.org/location/thunderbay
All walkers who raise $150.00 or more will have their registration fee of $25.00 waived and will receive a ballot for every $150.00 raised to win a SHARP 55” Flat Screen TV donated by Best Buy Thunder Bay with other prizes to be won. The Lead Sponsor TILKA Construction has supported the Coldest Night of the Year for 3 yrs. and is a great support for Grace Place.
Since 2008, hundreds have come through the doors of Grace Place and many needs have been met through the generosity of the citizens of Thunder Bay. Grace Place is also a giving hub, an outlet for those that want to give back, by volunteering their time and resources. Resources such as used clothing, food, household items and monetary donations. Grace Place not only attends to the physical needs but also to the spiritual needs of those who attend, with church service on Sunday, music ministry during the week and the availability of someone to pray for those who ask.
Grace Place ‘s goal is to provide a safe haven off of the streets to visit, relax and to connect with the much needed services that so many in the area are in need of.
Grace Places’ Impact
Grace Place relieves poverty and hunger by providing meals, emergency food hampers and clothing. Each week Grace Place serves approximately 900 meals. Last year (2019) we served 50,000 + meals and since the opening of Grace Place in 2008 we have served approximately 435,000 meals in total. Last year (2019) Grace Place gave out over 1,860 emergency food hampers. Grace Place continues to meet the everyday needs of a very vulnerable and marginalized population in the city of Thunder Bay.
Future Plans and Proposals
The success rate of a chronic homeless individual, directly from the streets, when placed in housing, is very low. (The Housing First model) These individuals do not have the skills needed to retain their new housing and eventually end up back on the streets and housed at the local shelter. We realize that there is a great need for more supportive transitional housing programs in order for these individuals to retain their housing and eventually transition from the streets to independent living. Grace Ministries endeavors to be a part of the solution to this chronic homelessness problem by providing a next step from the homeless shelter by implementing a One-To-One Mentorship Program (supportive housing) for these individuals. This supportive housing program will equip the individual with the necessary tools to live an independent life, free of addiction, before they transition to permanent housing. Success is staying housed, managing addiction and working a job. This program will complement the Out of the Cold program to house those that need it the most. Currently, Grace Place has 2 apartments that will be ear marked for this purpose and the potential for 3 more on site.
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