The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to people living in greater Victoria since 1975.
Our operations are nearly 100 percent community funded; these include the region’s largest and most accessible Food Bank, the Food Security Distribution Centre serving 75 organizations in the capital region, Family back-to-school and Christmas supports, Hospitality programs, services at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as Church services.
The Mustard Seed Street Church is dedicated to helping to reach the 70,000 hidden hungry in our community, with the support of more than 50 volunteers each day. With your help, lives are transformed on a daily basis!
The Mustard Seed
We began in 1975 when Reverend Gipp Forster felt a calling to serve the street community in Victoria. He started with a prayer stool in a closet in his shop where anyone could came to pray and receive spiritual and practical care. As the Mustard Seed grew, we moved into a bigger space on Pandora Ave and finally moved to our new home at 625 Queens Ave in 1995.
As followers of Christ, we envision a compassionate community where the cycles of poverty have been broken and lives restored.
Our mission is to build community and maintain relationships, providing essential and transformative services to those in need.
Christianity: knowing that love comes from Christ and redemption is the way of God’s Kingdom, we serve and lead as a response to that love, shared with our neighbors, a love that pervades everything that we do and are.
Integrity: knowing that trust is key in all relationships, we act ethically, lead with transparency and are accountable.
Collaboration: knowing that we are a part of a system of care for those we serve, we lead and partner with others to achieve our vision, honouring the work of others and bringing our best to those we serve.
Empowerment: knowing that we are capable of transforming our community for the better, we support those we serve in doing their part, invite our staff and volunteers to create solutions, be adaptable and take action while respecting and inviting the capability of everyone.
Safety: knowing that we are entrusted with precious lives and for the health and wholeness of those we serve, we commit to prevent the occurrence or risk of injury, danger or loss for all in our community.