The Dale Ministries is a community that seeks to be welcoming to all, while empowering at our core people who often are not: those experiencing poverty of spirit or space.
Our drop-in programs and outreach are run by community members, of all backgrounds and ability, for our community.
We believe in coming as we are, creating a space where we are safe to ask hard questions, praying together, encouraging each other, sharing meals and celebrating.
The Dale is built on the belief that Jesus was and is real. We believe in and seek to be transformed by God’s hope, grace and peace.
The Dale has no building. All of our programming happens in partnership with local organizations and outside on the street. We have few belongings and endeavour to share what we have.
At first it was an affluent “suburb” of Toronto, close to the lake with sprawling homes. Then Parkdale became a neighbourhood in decline as the building of an expressway cut off people’s access to the waterfront and the de-institutionalization of mental health care led to people being let out of a nearby facility.
People with means began to move elsewhere while those struggling to get by moved into the once single family dwellings turned rooming houses. Today Parkdale faces more change as new businesses move in and derelict buildings are transformed. And the fear of many is that they will be displaced, unable to afford living in their neighbourhood.