Monday, September 21, 2009

socks and underwear

The Cold Wet Weather Mat program is coming to Tri-Cities again this Fall Winter. With a permanent homeless shelter still (slowly) in the works, 5 area churches are stepping in again to run a temporary night-time mat program from November 1 to March 31. Our church, St. Andrew's United in Port Moody, is up first, preparing to run the November program. We'll house 35 guests each night from 10pm to 7am. We'll provide supper, breakfast and bag lunches. We'll have clothing available too.

This year it looks like we have lots of help for food and meals. Other churches in the neighbourhood are already signing up to do one or more suppers every week, and local businesses help out too. If you would like to help, here are two ideas:

1) sign up to work at the shelter. Evening shifts are from about 9-11:30pm. You set up the mats, prepare/heat/serve supper (depending on what we have that night), share a meal with the guests and do the dishes. Volunteers also help in the clothing closet, assisting guests to find what they need. Morning shifts are 6-8:30am. You serve breakfast and share a meal with guests, distribute bag lunchs, then clean up after and put the mats away and clean the floors and bathrooms after the guests have left. End time is flexible if you need to leave earlier to get to work. Training and orientation will be provided in October.

2) donate socks and underwear - New, clean socks, underpants, undershirts and bras are needed for men and for women.

You can see me if you know me, or call or email the church: 604 939-5513 or

question: have you always been sure of where you will live, what you will eat and who will be there for you? Do you have warm, dry socks and clean underwear whenever you need them?

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