The Garden that Gives

In Toronto’s suburb of Willowdale, two United Church congregations with a history of working together decided to combine. Northminster United approached Newtonbrook United and offered to move in. After a year and a half long process, the two congregations were certain they were a good fit. They had worked together on outreach projects and refugee settlement, and being only 3 kms apart, both had deep roots in the neighbourhood. In 2003, Northminister closed, and the amalgamated congregation in the Newtonbrook building took on a new name, Cummer Avenue United Church.

This new expression of church has a neighbourhood garden on-site. Featuring raised beds, this volunteer-run garden produces flowers, vegetables and fruit. The harvest from the garden supplies local food banks and the church’s own Drop Inn program. The Drop Inn guests enjoy a buffet breakfast, hot nourishing lunch, and have the opportunity to be with others and receive support and assistance. This program is run with the support of a team of professionals including Legal Assistance, Outreach workers from the City of Toronto, Health Care workers from North York General, Dental Assistance from the City of Toronto. Currently, the Drop Inn is operated one day per week, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

"I don’t know if I believe in God or not, but for an hour a week, this is a good place to think about that."


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