The Davenport Perth Community Ministry is a ministry of presence, walking in solidarity with the culturally diverse, low income community of Davenport Perth. The three neighbourhoods covered by the ministry are Weston-Pelham Park, Corso Italia-Davenport and Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Junction. The role of the ministry is to provide community development and community organizing support, offer pastoral care and be engaged in advocacy through coalitions and networks.
The mural shown here can be seen on the west side of Symington, just past the bridge, north of Dupont. The artist, Gillian Mapp, grew up at Davenport Perth.
DPCM continue its community development with its project, Tasting Davenport Routes, now renamed Tracing Gete-Onigaming Routes with networks and the community at Davenport Perth. With a United Church of Canada Foundation Seeds of Hope grant and ESDC, DPCM continued with its work to collect and record stories of how people have made Davenport their place, mapping out their many assets and resources, bearing witness to this communities strengths and abilities.
During the 2020 pandemic, stories were gathered and contributed to the city's recovery and rebuild.
The Community Minister provides care through personal visits, listening, discussion and prayers. These connections have led to deeper engagement in small groups, bible study, advocacy and preaching, at present conducted by remote and safe distancing.
The community minister also serves in the wider ecumenical and inter-faith activities addressing racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and promoting/mediating peace.
The community looks forward to the time they can return to Family Camp together again.