It's the end of Grace's Places' fiscal year and I faced the difficult challenge of determining which of thousands of worthy causes would get a share of last year's haul. Thanks to tenants Kim H and Mindaugas for their suggestions, and as a result two more charities were added to the list. This year was our most generous, with $18,000 being shared by the Fred Victor, the Canadian Women's Foundation, Ernestine's Shelter and the Daily Bread Food Bank. I really want to thank Grace's Places tenants for their support and enthusiasm.
I had the pleasure last week of visiting 20 Palace Street in the Canary District, home of Fred Victor's Pan Am Legacy apartment project, originally constructed to house athletes and now renovated and repurposed to accommodate 300 tenants threatened by homelessness (families, couples and children) in attractive newly-furnished self-contained apartments. Contributing to the furnishings was Grace's Place's principal charitable endeavor in 2016, and the occasion was the unveiling of the "donor wall". It was, of course, nice to see Grace's Places get the recognition. Even if the name was mis-spelled :-)
Keith Beaty is the owner and manager of Grace's Places, and a Toronto-based photojournalist.
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