Yay for community!

Today I am feeling just so grateful for the collective power of community, for a few specific reasons:

  1. The Dale started a GoFundMe just before Christmas, to help a community member pay for an essential surgery for his dear dog. Thanks to our amazing network of supporters, the full $2000 has been raised, and we’re now just waiting for the surgery to be booked!
  2. Another community member has been bed bound for a long time, and has found that having access to shows and movies really helps to pass the time. He doesn’t currently have access to a television, so planned to purchase an iPad/tablet. It proved tricky to find someone to fit his needs and his budget, so we again reached out to the broader community for help. Less than 24 hours later a solution has been found!
  3. This year, The Dale is celebrating our 10 year anniversary!..?! I can hardly believe it. I joined staff just after Erinn made with difficult choice to let go of the space that The Dale (then called Parkdale Neighbourhood Church) was renting, and become a nomadic community, relying on the hospitality of other organizations in order to run all of our programming. You can read more about this journey here. For a decade, now, we’ve been doing this thing called The Dale, and I am so grateful to the huge network of people who have made this possible.

So… yay for community!

By joannacatherinemoon

I am the Lead Community Worker at The Dale Ministries in Parkdale, Toronto, ON. The Dale seeks to create safe welcoming spaces in which all people, particularly those on the margins, are encouraged to participate fully, to the best of their abilities and journey together toward a deeper experience of the life God has given us. This blog is meant to help keep my supporters connected with life at The Dale.


  1. HEY! So good to read this!!!

    I can’t wait to join that party… and also to come visit again… not sure when that will be.

    I’m off to chemo #6 tomorrow. The new chemo drug is less challenging than the previous regimen, though neuropathy is a problem. The oncologist is going to reduce the dose by 20% to reduce the chance of permanent neuropathy.

    Hope you and all the Dale community is keeping as well as can be.

    You might be interested in this initiative in Kingston… it is small, but 10 men who had been living outdoors now have tiny homes until the end of April in a little village down at Olympic Harbour. They have a kitchen, dining area, showers, bathrooms, washer and dryer in the Olympic Harbour building. https://twitter.com/O_L_Solutions

    Sending love and gratitude for all you do, all you are, and for the Dale, Elaine

    The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice


    1. We can’t wait to see you again, whenever that may be! Praying that the neuropathy is kept to a minimum.
      Thanks for sending that link– this looks awesome!!
      Sending you lots of love,
      Joanna & the Dale team

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