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, and addictions. 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.
The spiritual care we offer respects the dignity of each resident. BHM has been a multi-faith ministry since the beginning, serving marginalized people of many faiths and backgrounds. The ministry does not proselytize, but is instead based on devoted, long-term commitment to relationships with our friends in the homes. BHM is a mission faithfully supported by the Presbyterian Church in Canada. We are devoted to Christian principles of inclusion, justice, and lovingkindness, as well as to living these principles through interfaith collaboration.
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 educational 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