It is the mission of Seeds of Hope to build self-sustaining communities that create the conditions to enable individuals at a crossroads in their lives develop their livelihood, learning and creative potential through engagement with each other in experiencing social enterprise and community endeavors.
Seeds of Hope Foundation has a 16-year history of operating two resource centres and five housing projects that work to stop this ‘Revolving Door’ of individuals moving from the street to police arrest to hospitalization and back to the street. Our main focus has been to create ‘centres of friendship’ that are safe places, and to encourage individuals who are at a crossroads in their lives to support one another. People can be at a crossroads in their lives for many reasons, including recovery from addiction or mental health challenges, unemployment or just bad luck. They also bring many skills that allow us to operate with minimal overhead.
Our resource centres operate as ‘open space learning centres’ where meals & learning centre programs are offered at no charge.
To build self-sustaining communities that create the conditions to enable individuals who are at a crossroads in their lives develop their livelihood, learning and creative potential through engagement with each other in learning activities, social enterprises and community endeavours.
Track Record: Incorporated 2001. Current mission established 2003.
Charitable Registration: #13929 8830 RR 0001
Annual Operating Budget (2009): $475,000
Visits: Approximately 15,000 annual visits / individual program participation
Volunteers: Operates with a 95% volunteer model
Hospitality: 200 visitors weekly to community café and programs
6 St. Joseph House Resource Centre, wellness and learning classrooms/studios, Seeds of Hope offices.
Yellow Door Learning Centre wellness, life-skills, creative arts and social enterprise workshops.
Broadview Homes supportive housing for 34 men in peer-support abstinence-based addiction recovery, with a model of community engagement.
Lazarus House Women's Shelter for women escaping abuse, sex trade and precarious social and economic circumstances.
Social Enterprise Programs incubating community and social enterprise.
Carrot Green Roof Vegetable and Medicinal herb garden
Friends of Farm Therapeutic Health Farm
Innovation Lab experimental discovery lab of learning techniques aimed at people that have difficulty learning in traditional environments