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Vision and Mission


About ShareLife

 




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Vision and Mission

The primary focus of ShareLife is supporting agencies that carry out the mission work of the Church. Their efforts to serve the marginalized in our communities and around the world are made possible thanks to our donors’ generosity.

By supporting ShareLife, we extend a helping hand to some of the most isolated and vulnerable people in our region. Every contribution rebuilds hope and reinforces self-worth, as our agencies treat clients with compassion, care and respect.

ShareLife is how the Catholic community collectively demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling the Gospel value to “love one another as I have loved you.”

Mission: To live the Gospel by providing for those in need

Our mission statement speaks to our focus on bringing Gospel values to the greater community. By supporting agencies that provide for those in need and operate in line with the values of our faith, we bring the hands of Christ to people in need.

Vision: The Catholic community and its partners responding generously with justice and love

Our vision statement speaks to “Catholic Outreach in Justice and Love,” one of the five core directions of the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Toronto. We desire that all Catholics, and our partners in the corporate community, respond to the call to serve the poor to the best of their ability.


Principles

Reverence for life at all stages – This has been a core principle of ShareLife since our founding in 1976. We hold all lives sacred from conception to natural death. All of our agencies hold this value and maintain it in everything they do. In a society that now permits assisted suicide, our agencies care for those who face end-of-life issues. We continue to assist mothers who wish to raise their children in the face of difficult personal circumstances.

Commitment to Catholic Social Teaching – We are committed to the dignity of the individual and the right to life, working on behalf of the poor and vulnerable locally and around the world. All humans are created in the image of God and have the right to live with dignity.

Collaboration with stakeholders – We value the work Catholic Charities, our agencies, and our parishes do to communicate the message of ShareLife. We work closely with these groups and our parishioners to promote ShareLife year round.

Responsible and accountable for resources – We have always treated every contribution to ShareLife as a sacred trust. All contributors have a right to know how their funds are being used. Maintaining a low cost ratio of less than 11%, we work to ensure the maximum amount possible is dedicated to the work of our agencies.