UrbanPromise Toronto is a Christian charity working in the biggest, most diverse city in Canada. UPT's mission is to reach children in Toronto Community Housing with the love of Jesus, and raise them into leaders, who restore their community.
Toronto Community Housing (TCH) is the second largest provider of social housing in North America. 110,000 people live in TCH neighbourhoods, where most families survive on less than $20,000 of household income per year. Research clearly shows us that low-income families, especially children, are negatively affected physically, mentally and emotionally.
Currently UPT has staff at work in 3 TCH communities; Warden Woods, Rexdale and Jane/Finch. Streets in each of these neighbourhoods have been touched by violence in the past year. Their urban settings bear the obvious scars of gangs, drugs, violence, fatherless homes, academic underachievement and the weight of generational poverty.
UPT seeks to offer an alternative to children — so they don't have to enter into a life of high risk behaviours. It's not about fancy programming. It's about a safe place to come after school, assistance with homework, healthy snacks, crazy skits and games, and modelling godly behaviour. It is also about attending court dates with youth, caring for teenaged moms, grieving with broken families and teaching discipline to hurting children who act out of their pain. Through relationship, UPT shows kids that they're loved and they're called to something higher.
Run for Promise is UPT's biggest fundraising event. It's an opportunity to engage others in their mission, on the very streets they're so passionate about.
This is the Run for Promise Team's 8th year participating in the STWM Charity Challenge. The team is made up of competitive marathoners, and recreational 5k-ers. Walk, run, cheer, donate — there is something for everyone! urbanpromise.com/run/