A few weeks ago, I took some of the volunteers to St. Christopher's House. They run fantastic programs which serve the most at risk segments of the homeless population. You really have to visit and take a tour to understand the depth of the service they provide. FYI-they serve both men and women as well.
Brian, the acting manager on Saturdays gave us a tour of their facilities. Brian and I exchanged a few emails after we left and I will post the last email below.
Sorry for taking so long to reply, but we have had a death of a very well-known long time member and have been busy arranging a Memorial Service for her. We you could we would really appreciate a donation of ceramic cups. The cheapest one’s available would be best as we get a fair amount of breakage and theft. I think they can easily be purchased for less than a dollar each. As for donating online I’m not sure if St. Chris has this in operation yet. Thanks again for your interest in our work.
The Pledge: I'm requesting all attendees bring one pair of gloves and at least three ceramic cups. If you can bring more ceramic cups, please do!
The Plan: Meet at the Second Cup, assemble our pledges and get acquainted. Walk towards St Chris (588 Queen St W) which is approx 5 mins away and hand out gloves to any panhandlers on the way. Arrive at St Chris, give our Ceramic Cups and any leftover gloves to the staff. If Brian is free- take the tour.
This will be the last volunteer event for 2013.
1) Dress Appropriately for the weather
2) Arrive on Time
3) Pls let me know beforehand by updating your RSVP if you cannot attend
4) Gently worn Clothing is also requested if you have any
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