Since 1941, Scott Mission has been a compassionate neighbour, walking with those that are struggling and in need of support and practical help. Scott Mission offers programs like an emergency shelter, hot meal programs, clothing banks, and food banks to help those in the GTA that are struggling with systemic poverty. Scott Mission walks with clients on a holistic journey to build wellness through various mental health and spiritual care programs, however, economic need is escalating among community members. “We are seeing a staggering number of new faces coming through our doors; people accessing our services for the first time,” says Peter Duraisami, CEO of Scott Mission. “There was a significant population that was financially struggling before inflation rose, but with the record increase this year, especially on food, many families can’t make ends meet, so they turn to us to fill in the gaps.”
Debby is one of those clients, accessing Scott Mission’s food banks for the past 47 years as a way to fill the gaps in her fixed income. “I raised three children, so I’m pretty good at budgeting and stretching things, but without the help here, it would never stretch [enough]. Two weeks into the month we’re running short of food, so I go to the Mission.” Not only does Debby receive practical support but feels valued and loved by the staff and enjoys the connections she makes. “[Scott Mission] is one of the best places ever. I’ve got a lot of help and support – they’ve been fantastic.”
“Our service-based programs are crucial to what we do,” says Peter Duraisami. “Our mission is to be a compassionate neighbour to those around us and share the love of Jesus with everyone. Jesus always took care of people’s immediate needs, such as sickness or hunger, as well as tending to their spiritual needs. We model that through our programs. A bag of groceries is not just food, a Christmas present is not just a toy, it’s a sign of hope and love to someone in need.”
To learn more about Scott Mission’s programs and to partner in their work by donating, please visit scottmission.com. “We can’t do it by ourselves. We need partners and donors to bring hope and transformation to those in need,” says Peter Duraisami.