Helping People - From Residences to Lives

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Nada Thomson, Director of Development at The Sanctuary Mission has made a large change from helping to organize people's homes to helping to change their lives. Thomson used to own an organizing, staging and decorating business, after attending the sanctuary in 2006 started helping and then in 2008 started working with them full time.

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Nada Thomson, Director of Development at The Sanctuary Mission has made a large change from helping to organize people's homes to helping to change their lives. Thomson used to own an organizing, staging and decorating business, after attending the sanctuary in 2006 started helping and then in 2008 started working with them full time.

This charity advocates an inclusive way of living, using resources to support those individuals who are poor. The Sanctuary wishes to help and support everyone regardless of the colour of your skin or your faith. The charity consists of of men and women from 25 to 55. Each year the Sanctuary gives help to thousands of individuals, assisting about 500 different people each week.

The street outreach team does an important job, going out to people on their own turf, offering and providing support such as meals and Children's Aid. There is also a drop in centre, a health clinic and rehab provided, the mission believes in helping the complete person, a holistic approach. Another thing the organisation does is give employment training, which can only mean more meaningful employment for people.

Each year events are held to support the Sanctuary and give a sense of belonging to its members with Xmas being a great time for a large feast. This celebration is made more momentous with a play, a talent show and from the church contributions, a gift bag is given out. Members and staff do a long walk in the summertime. While donations are important, the mission hopes that those that donate will also become involved in other ways. One of the first aims is to break down the barriers between those individuals who are rich and those that are poor. People, who have been stripped of their self worth, will be given back their pride. To really help these people, time, a feeling of camaraderie and friendship are just a couple of things that make a difference to an individual previously rejected by society.

We're not here to take the place social services, we're here to work side by side with social services, Thomson says. Nada also goes on to say that those people who previously lived on the streets now have a roof over their heads. They would not be able to do this without someone to help them look for a place and help them obtain furniture.

The story of a young lady, born and growing up in Toronto is one of the Sanctuary's success stories and gives you an idea of the help we give. Not too soon after this woman was birthed, she was sent into foster care. The maltreatment she experienced included her aunt setting light to her crib. Poor hygiene led to her grandmother finding her covered in cockroaches. The abuse did not stop there, this little child was also sexually abused. She went from foster home to foster home and relationship to relationship, and she was addicted to a multitude of things. For four years this woman has been a regular attendee at the Sanctuary, a testimonial to the assistance and help she has been receiving.

Julie Kinnear is MLS GTA specialist and charity activist.

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author avatar Greenfaol
12th Jan 2011 (#)

This Nada lady sounds like an amazing person, the Sanctuary sounds like an amazing place. A very good article. Thank you for bringing this to our attention xx

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author avatar Alicia Badilla
9th Sep 2011 (#)

Good article!

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author avatar Retired
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

My new years resolution was to try and raise enough money for a wheelchair. Nearly there!! Only £50 left!! if anyone could help I would really appreciate it. Thanks. Amazing article by the way!! ;)

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