Giving Back with Light Up Riverside: Meet our Charitable Partner & Host Fontbonne Ministries

Light Up Riverside, the Riverside BIA’s annual holiday event, will once again enliven the community with festive lights, live choir music, warm refreshments, and lots of cheer! The fun festivities are happening on Saturday, November 30th, from 5pm to 7pm in the Mustard Seed Courtyard of Fontbonne Ministries.

A long-time host of Light Up Riverside, Fontbonne Ministries’ Mustard Seed courtyard has always been a fitting place for the festivities as it’s all about caring and community. Their mission is “to be a welcoming space — where your life skills can grow, where your creative energies can be unleashed, where imagination, playfulness, and beauty can be celebrated, where your self-worth, dignity, healing, wholeness and spirituality can flourish, and above all, where community is nourished”.

The charity was founded in 2000 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Fontbonne Ministries’ Mustard Seed location in Riverside offers diverse programs that are welcoming and inclusive.  Some of their programs include:

  • The Good Food Market: affordable, fresh and local produce – Thursdays year round from 2pm-5:30pm
  • Community Kitchen: Delicious, nutritious, affordable meals prepared and shared in community.
  • Nifty Knitters: Learn to knit and crochet or work on your own project.
  • Crafts and Sewing: Opportunities for creativity; supplies provided.
  • Spiritual Spas, Special Events and Workshops
  • Community Garden Plots

This year we are welcoming donations toward our host and, as an extra incentive to give generously, there’s a chance to win a gift basket donated by our Light Up Riverside co-sponsor Dianna Kennedy of RE/MAX Hallmark Realty!

Meet our hosts at Light Up Riverside! Get all the details and let us know you’re coming!

A BIG thank you to our 2019 Light Up Riverside co-sponsors, Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP and Dianna Kennedy RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd, and to Fontbonne Ministries for hosting in the Mustard Seed Courtyard.