A Message from Ted

In today’s world, it can be easy to move hurriedly, focussing on getting through the day. However, when I look at all of our volunteers, staff, and guests at Regeneration, I am struck by how much one person can affect positive change for those around them – by simply pausing and showing how much they care.

We are so thankful for the individuals, churches, businesses and schools that choose to share life with our guests day after day at Regeneration. Whether it’s gardening together in our Hope Grows Program, serving a hot meal to someone in need, or choosing to offer financial support—people like you are making a difference everyday.

“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” — Isaiah 58:10 NLT

Thanks to all of our compassionate supporters, Regeneration can continue to provide much-needed programs and services, 365 days a year. Together, we are creating a safe and caring space for the homeless and vulnerable in our community. None of this would be possible without your support. We hope you will continue to provide hope, joy, and life-changing programs to those who need it most.

We are so blessed to be able to work with you to create positive change in Brampton.

Gratefully,

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Ted Brown
Executive Director, Regeneration Outreach Community

 

Glenda's Story

At 80 years old, most Canadians would hope to be settled into a comfortable retirement. For Glenda, who was living alone in her van, life was about basic survival.

After being let go from her long-time job and seeing how scarce money was on a basic old-age pension of $570 per month, Glenda realized that employers were reluctant to hire someone of her age. She tried to make ends meet, but simply wasn’t able.

Homelessness amongst Canada’s older population is on the rise. A lack of affordable housing means that seniors who have experienced job insecurity are less likely to have private pensions and retirement savings. Many people like Glenda are left homeless and struggling to survive.

Being homeless was not completely new to Glenda. Decades before, she had spent a year in and out of shelters after her husband abandoned her and their 5-month old baby.

Regeneration has been a Godsend. I immediately felt accepted just as I was.”
— Glenda

Not only was Glenda facing the day-to-day challenges of being homeless through a freezing Ontario winter, but her age was also beginning to take its toll. With declining health, living in her van became nearly impossible.

One day, Glenda stopped in at Regeneration for a hot meal. Once there, she relaxed and started to feel at home. The sense of community support she found was something she had been craving while struggling on her own for so long.

“Regeneration has been a Godsend. I immediately felt accepted just as I was. It’s great to have a place where I belong,” Glenda shares.

In February with the help of our staff, she moved into her own apartment. After having lost so much in her lifetime, Glenda’s joy was infectious. She finally had a home again.

At Regeneration, we seek to meet the needs of our guests, wherever they are at in life. Your support means that more people like Glenda can receive the help they need to lead a happy, healthy, and safe life.

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 someone’s life.

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