Though CityKidz has grown and changed over the years, our mission to serve vulnerable children and their families has never wavered, nor have the values guiding us on this winding journey. Through faith, hope and love, we seek to transform lives and end child poverty, one child at a time.
It all started with a child.
In the fall of 1990 while attending college in Peterborough, Todd Bender met Shawn, a seven-year-old boy who attended a youth drop-in centre where Todd volunteered.
Shawn was a small boy who needed someone in his life, someone who noticed him, someone who accepted him for who he was, someone who really cared about him.
Todd became that person.
For months, the two would meet at the centre to play games and hang out. They would talk, play cards, make crafts, and watch movies together – with Shawn soaking up every ounce of the positive attention he never got at home.
It was through his time spent with Shawn that Todd saw his life’s purpose: to care for and attend to the heartfelt needs of vulnerable, fragile, and precious children wherever they may be.
Beginning with Shawn, Todd embarked on a mission that has since transformed thousands of lives.
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For all the challenges 2020 threw our way, it also gave us a unique opportunity to learn, grow, and innovate. Reflecting on the successes and lessons of 2020, we look to the future with hope and determination to renew our shared mandate, increase our impact in the Hamilton community, and establish a sustainable model for future growth.
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