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Mustard Seed

Sr. Gwen Smith with volunteersMustard Seed offers a welcoming environment and sacred space in South Riverdale for participants and volunteers to develop life skills, creativity, care for the environment and spiritual growth. Located at 791 Queen Street East, we serve and collaborate with the local community and non-profit agencies.

It's not like a normal drop-in. It’s spotlessly clean. Nobody talks down to you... People just accept you. — a participant

A Place of Possibilities

At the heart of this tiny seed is a community on fire with an immense dream: to be a welcoming space for you — 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. 

They show me kindness, every time. They teach me sewing. They welcome me and help me feel good again. — a participant

Our Programs

View or print the calendar of Mustard Seed daily programs.Programs are open to all and most are free; some require registration or an appointment and we will indicate when that is needed. Some examples of the programs we offer include:
  • Community Kitchen: Delicious, nutritious, affordable meals prepared and shared in community.
  • Followers of Jesus: Faith and sharing. Registration required.
  • Nifty Knitters: Learn to knit and crochet or work on your own project.
  • Crafts and Sewing: Opportunities for creativity; supplies provided.
  • Whimsical Wednesdays for Women: Lunch, crafts, sewing, cards and more.
  • Friday Adult Drop-In: Conversation and games.
  • Saturday Adult Drop-In: Lunch, conversation and games.
  • Basic Computer Training: Small class sizes.
  • Foot Care
  • Spiritual Spas, Special Events and Workshops
  • Lending Library: Spiritual Books
  • Oratory: Open for quiet prayer; meditation classes
  • Community Garden Plots

Lorraine, a Mustard Seed volunteerA Mustard Seed Story

I become uplifted, happy and excited when I am here. — Lorraine, a volunteer

Lorraine’s Mustard Seed experience began with helping at the Saturday drop-in. The ‘big family’ atmosphere helped Lorraine to overcome a struggle with depression. “I can now see that there is always something to be grateful for…. no matter how bad things might be.” Lorraine credits Mustard Seed for giving her the life skills to help herself, and others too.

Program attendance—and overall client visits—increased last year. Through a new baking program, participants support the Saturday drop-in by making fresh muffins and baked goods. The popular community kitchen continues a tradition of preparing nutritious and affordable meals. Also new this year is a program which teaches journaling—a chance for participants to express creativity through writing.


Contact Mustard Seed
416-465-6069 (Fax 416-465-6744)
Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
791 Queen St E
Toronto ON   M4M 1H6
Ministry Director
Sr. Gwen Smith


Mustard Seed EntranceHow Mustard Seed
Came to Be

Sr. Gwen Smith—who had worked for a decade in Parkdale in social justice—was invited to explore what needs might be met in space available on the ground floor of Fontbonne Place, and our Mustard Seed was planted.

Fontbonne Ministries offers diverse programs that are welcoming and inclusive. The charity was founded in 2000 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a community of women who, through their compassionate presence, respond to various needs. Fontbonne Ministries continues, with the Sisters, their mission of reflecting the love of God and neighbour.

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