1 March 2023

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Samaritan House helps the Kennedy family

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Generosity is the best way of becoming

more, more, and more joyful"

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy


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The following article from

our ministry partner the

Samaritan House in Barrie

is an example of the work that your donation to FaithWorks supports.

The Kennedy Family’s Story

by Kerry Ploughman, Executive Director

Samaritan House is dedicated to helping women and children stabilize their lives after experiencing abusive situations. Unlike a shelter, we provide longer term, move in ready housing with program work and supports to help families recover from their trauma and learn how to recognize and avoid these types of situations in the future. We also work on safety plans, goal setting, planning, life skills, job search and prep., and/or further education. All of this is unique to each client's needs and long-term goals. Once they are ready to leave our housing, which is usually 9 – 18 months later, we work to secure permanent housing for them and their family. None of this can be done without the generous donations that help us run our housing and programs.

I would like to share a letter from a client who recently moved from our housing into permanent housing. This client stayed approximately 3 years as it was extended due to covid. Here is the letter we received from her.


“I have had the privilege of being a resident in one of the Samaritan House transitional homes. They were able to provide myself and three children with fully furnished accommodations. I was out of the woman’s shelter having stayed my allotted time there due to a very unsafe living situation and toxic relationship.

It was amazing! They had all the basic set up that anyone would need to get by when having to restart with nothing. It provided a huge relief of the burden that was ahead when it seemed like I was going to be homeless and lose my children. I will never be able to repay the kindness and understanding of my situation that they offered as well as extra supports. They assisted with Christmas and groceries as needed. Throughout the pandemic I was provided cleaning supplies.

My children and I cannot thank you guys enough for all the support and help you have provided to our family while we awaited our long-term housing. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart.

God Bless all those who have helped support this amazing program.

Sincerely the Kennedy family ”


It is always wonderful to see a family move on with the tools they need to go forward. These types of letters would not be possible without the support given to Samaritan House. Our agency is not large, our numbers are not large, however the work we do ensures permanent stability once our clients leave our program. Our clients do not recycle through the system. They leave to jobs, further education, permanent housing, with the knowledge of how to live in a healthy relationship and the skillsets to live self-sufficiently.

We cannot thank Faithworks enough for the continued support of Samaritan House over the years.

Thank you Faithworks for your part in our clients’ lives.


A $100,000 Matching Challenge Grant for 2023


A generous donor has offered a $100,000 matching challenge grant for all new and increased donations. That means for every dollar raised over last year’s amount, by an individual or parish, FaithWorks receives an extra dollar. We encourage you to make a special effort this year –


doing a little more can make twice the difference.


Donate today at faithworks.ca or use the QR code


FaithWorks Sermon or Presentation

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If you wish to highlight your Parish's events in support of FaithWorks, please forward the details to faithworks@toronto.anglican.ca


FaithWorks Videos

The FaithWorks website, faithworks.ca has been updated with new videos to promote FaithWorks and our ministry partners. There are short, medium and long videos to include in your parish's online presence or in-person gatherings. They can be downloaded directly from the website.


Peter Mentis (he/him)
FaithWorks Campaign Manager

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We build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that my office resides on the territory of sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat. I acknowledge especially the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Toronto Treaties.

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