Camp Widjiitiwin is pleased to announce our newest partnership with Ephraim’s Place Community Centre in the Jane/Sheppard neighbourhood of Toronto. We’ll be working closely with Kevin Motiram and Bill Sunberg to bring 30 campers plus volunteers to Widjiitiwin the last week of the summer (August 28th to September 3rd). Like our other partners, Ephraim’s Place has a compelling story and mission.
Why Ephraim’s Place?
In late July, 2007, the life of Ephraim Brown was cut tragically short while attending his cousin’s birthday party. Caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting, Ephraim, an 11 year old boy, died on the sidewalk, only a few short steps from home. The next morning, over a hundred people from the community and across Toronto gathered on the streets in a silent prayer of solidarity and determination that such a tragedy should never happen again in their community.
In the months that followed, Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene decided to establish Ephraim’s Place Community Centre. The name “Ephraim” comes from the ancient Hebrew word which means “to find blessing from adversity.” It is with this in mind that Ephraim’s Place Community Centre was started to provide programs and services that give children, youth and families the skills and tools they need to build a successful future and bring about positive personal and community transformation.
Our mission is to work with the Jane-Finch and Jane-Sheppard communities to provide programs and services that give children, youth and families the skills and tools they need to build a successful future and bring about positive personal and community transformation.
Ephraim’s Place Community Centre currently offers six programs: “Adopt A Block”, “Refresh” Community Service Program, “Upward” Sports Mentoring League, “Project HEARTcore” After School Program, “Role Model Moms”, and “Employment Services Program”.
This is Camp Widjiitiwin’s fifth partnership camp to bring at-risk and marginalized kids and youth to camp for the experience of a lifetime. Read more about our other Partnership Camps!