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Our Story

ARISE was founded in 2013 by Rev. Deb Stanbury as a ministry of the Presbytery of East Toronto, to help women in the sex trade to reclaim their lives through hope, love, and justice. Over the past decade, ARISE has grown and evolved to serve even more individuals involved in the sex trade to reflect the changing needs of those in our community. 

In 2022, Rev. Katherine McCloskey, a long-time

supporter, volunteer, and board member of ARISE

stepped into the role of Executive Director to 

carry on the mission to journey with those who are

involved in the sex trade, are survivors of sex trafficking,

and/or have experienced sexual exploitation, because everyone

has a future worth having. 



Whether you are coming to ARISE looking to receive support, donate, or become involved we are happy you're here with us.

Hope Lives Here

Our Mission

Our Values


We honour each person’s journey and believe in a future worth having 


We live in and live out God’s love, as we believe that it is this love that reclaims lives


We advocate for dignity and treat everyone with respect, fairness and kindness

Our Mission

ARISE Ministry empowers individuals involved in the sex trade to reclaim their lives through outreach, case management, and spiritual care to those involved in the sex trade.

Our Mission

Our Vision

ARISE envisions a future free of exploitation for all, and sees everyone as having a role to play in supporting survivors of human trafficking and preventing the creation of future victims. 

Check out ARISE's video What's Your Role? 

created in partnership with

Tamara Cherry & PickUp Communications

to learn more.

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Statement of Affirmation

ARISE is an open and affirming ministry, meaning that we are supportive of, believe in, and promote the full inclusion of all members of the 2SLGBTQI+ spectrum community in the church's life and ministry, as we strongly hold that

God's love includes everyone

All are welcome to join us in the ARISE community, and will be recognized by their preferred pronouns and name.

Each person has been created and gifted by God, and we thank each person that chooses to share their gifts with us.

We feel blessed that God has given us a community of such diversity, and know that our diversity is our strength.

Land Acknowledgement

ARISE Ministry acknowledges that land upon which our space is situated,

lies on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Seneca and

Mississaugas of the New Credit Indigenous Peoples.

We give thanks.

Meet our Team

ARISE takes a team approach to care, with each individual bringing forth their own perspective and varying lived experiences to assist all that they journey with.

Meet our Board of Directors

The Board of ARISE Ministry is a working board made up of passionate and committed directors who work diligently to ensure the success of our mission.

Our Board of Directors

This is your Team section. It's a great place to introduce your team and talk about what makes it special, such as your culture and work philosophy. Don't be afraid to illustrate personality and character to help users connect with your team.

Interested in Joining our Board?

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