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 working in 3 TCH neighbourhoods; Warden Woods, Mount Olive and Driftwood/Shoreham. Their urban settings bear the obvious scars of gangs, drugs, violence, fatherlessness, academic underachievement and generational poverty.
Children are especially vulnerable on weekdays during the hours of 3-6pm, after school is out and before an adult is home from work. That’s why After School Program is at the heart of what UPT does. Each day children aged 5-14 are provided with a safe place to go, staffed by adults and older youth who care about them. After School Program provides help with homework, healthy snacks, games, crafts and lots of other ‘kid stuff’.
The UPT model isn’t fancy or complicated. It is a commitment to a 20 year journey with a child and their family, to help them overcome the obstacles of poverty, and grow into a generation of exceptional young leaders who love Jesus and serve their own communities.
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.
Just $432 provides an entire year of After School Program for a child living in TCH. Run for Promise has a goal of raising $50,000 — that’s enough to cover 118 children for a whole year.
The Run for Promise team is made up of competitive marathoners, recreational 5k-ers, and everything in between. Walk, run, cheer, donate — there is something for everyone.
It is worth every step! urbanpromise.com/run