PROVIDING ASSISTANCE, FOOD, AND CLOTHING
Throughout the year, but most especially in the winter months, we collect clothing for St. Michael's Mission. During Advent, the church season that precedes Christmas, we collect socks, hats and scarves and decorate our "mission tree" with them; these "ornaments" that can improve life for others make it a beautiful Christmas tree.
As they explain on their website, "St. Michael's Mission is a not-for-profit independent agency working directly with the poor and homeless in Montreal's downtown core. The Mission provides an important link in the chain of services for the city's disadvantaged and marginalized population, offering breakfast and lunch, showers and hygiene products, clothing and emergency food to a multilingual and multicultural clientele. Other basic services include crisis intervention, as a first step in the process of rehabilitation as well as assistance in welfare, unemployment, immigration and refugee issues enabling clients to take their place in today's society. In addition, information and referral services are given on mental health and addiction problems." The banner picture above shows the art project of a client; part of a special program of giving those who visit the mission the opportunity to express their experiences through artistic mediums. You can read more the project here. (Photo Credit for banner picture: Jon Yu).
Want to help? Bring in clothing in good condition and deposit it in the "St. Michael's Mission Barrel" in our cloakroom. Live in an apartment building? Why not set out an empty box or container with a sign asking for donation of good quality warm clothing for the homeless. You may be surprised at how many people will give generously when you remind them of the needs of others.