A Message from Ted

Thank You for Your Support

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (James 2:14-16 ESV)

— Isaiah 58:10 NLT

As I read these words, I cannot help but be grateful for the way so many are already supporting those in need around us. However, it also reminds me of the great need that still exists in our city, where tens of thousands live below the poverty line. These verses are a wake up call to make sure we are caring for our neighbours in need.

Our volunteers show that care every day as they sacrificially serve our guests. I also saw it during the Coldest Night of the Year this February – over 400 people walked, and close to 2000 people donated $100,000 for people in our city! Read on to see how that kind of care changes lives every day here at Regeneration.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. I am sincerely looking forward to stepping into the rest of 2018 together!

Blessings,

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Ted Brown
Executive Director, Regeneration Outreach Community

 

Joe's Story

Regeneration Outreach Community is honoured to be considered family by many of our guests. Barbara Bush once said that “family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” This happens daily at Regeneration.

Joe* has experienced this support firsthand. He is in his fifties, and has been part of our community for a number of years. Most mornings you can find him collecting and then washing dirty dishes left behind by other guests—and while he’s washing those up, he’s usually taking plates from other guests to do as well!

“Family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” -Barbara Bush

He loves helping out like this because, in his words, “that’s just what family does.”

Joe has become a true member of the community at Regeneration—even with his quiet demeanor, everyone knows him. In December, he was hospitalized for three weeks and had to have part of his bladder removed. Our guests were extremely upset to hear that he was in the hospital. During his three week stay, they came together to buy him a get well card and had it signed by volunteers, staff, and other guests. Then, they hand-delivered it to the hospital. Joe was blessed by visits from guests and staff alike, and we were all grateful when he was able to come “home” again, to a place where he is supported and cared about.

Tragically, less than a week after he left the hospital, he found out that his daughter in Manitoba passed away. Although he has some family in Ontario, he asked us to help honour his daughter with a memorial service. He invited his family from all over Ontario to join us, and we did our best to create a memorial that honoured who his daughter was. It was a privilege to be asked to host and take part in this service.

At Regeneration, we believe that a network of reliable support is crucial for healing. Every day, we are grateful for the opportunity to personally care for and build relationships with each of our guests because “that’s just what family does.” Your support is what makes this possible—thank you!

*Names have been changed for privacy.

Please donate today to help break the cycle of poverty in Brampton and empower the more vulnerable members of our community. Your gift could change a life like Joe’s.

Meal Program Highlight

One of the ways we care for our guests at Regeneration is by serving breakfast and lunch. Lunch happens Monday through Thursday, but our breakfast program is easily the most popular—it happens seven days a week and we usually feed about 120 people each meal!

In 2017, we served over 57,000 meals, and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing volunteers! Along with our dedicated weekly volunteers, we also have students come in from youth groups, high schools, business and churches to serve.

In all, supporters like you gave over 25,000 hours of time to Regeneration—thank you! You are truly changing lives with your support.