Boarding Homes Ministry (BHM) develops communities of spiritual care in Canada’s inner-cities through frontline community engagement, education, and advocacy.
Boarding homes are privately owned, for-profit housing offering low rent and various degrees of care. Residents of these homes often live within a burdensome web of poverty, mental health issues, addictions, and sex-work. The social stigma and financial constraints of this reality often leave them rejected by society at large.
BHM organizes weekly or biweekly small group gatherings between BHM volunteers and boarding home residents wherein relationships are cultivated upon the recognition of our unity. BHM volunteers are regularly left in awe of residents’ profound wisdom, strength, and generosity. Here, through caring conversation over food, concepts of superiority are dissolved and each person is met in his or her unique holiness.
Being invited into private boarding homes gives BHM a unique perspective on mental health in Canada, and we are committed to engaging in the larger discourse on mental health care and spirituality through regular workshops, research projects, student placements and education curriculums. Through educative initiatives and on-the-ground community building, we can better shift perceptions of mental illness and advocate care that includes attention to spirituality.
Boarding Homes Ministry
73 Simcoe Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 1W9