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Minute for Mission—January 16, 2022

Partnering with the Community

The focus of the Social Justice team for January and February is on HOMELESSNESS.

Our congregation offers financial support to several groups in our community that work with homeless and precariously housed individuals. In past years we have primarily done this through donations given at our monthly “Soup and Sandwich” lunches. In the absence of those gatherings during the past two years our church Council voted to continue offering financial support to the Care-a-Van, St. George’s Pantry, and St. Peter’s Unity Cupboard.

The Care-a-Van mobile health unit project was created and launched in April 2009 by Helen Boyd, a Registered Nurse and Mental Health Therapist. Helen is also a member of our congregation and we have been privileged to share in this dream of hers and to support the work of the project, both financially and materially. Through your generosity to our recent Advent collection we were able to deliver six large bags full of warm hats, scarves, gloves, and socks to the Care-a-Van, with additional bags going to the St. Peter’s free store and the Transition Society.

 

The Mission of the Care-a-Van is to provide innovative, safe, and ethical health and social development services and this is done with a staff of over 50 volunteers: nurses, doctors, pharmacists, audiologist, optometrist, denturist, harm reduction workers, advocates, social worker, occupational therapist, chiropractors, and drivers. Behind the day-to-day work are the board members, supply managers, cleaners, and technical staff. This large group of volunteers includes members of our congregation.

This year the Social Justice team is encouraging you to continue supporting the Care-a-Van in their work with the homeless. You can do this through purchasing bus tickets and laundry tickets, with donations of QF points; donations of single portion food products, such as, protein drinks, fruitcups, dried fruit, granola bars, peel top soups, juice boxes; and donations of lightly used back packs, tents, sleeping bags, clean wool or fleece blankets. All of these various kinds of donations can be dropped off at the church during office hours (Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12 noon). Thank you for supporting the work of the Care-a-Van.