OUT OF THE COLD AT ST. ANDREW’S

“The people of St. Andrew’s are called by God to serve in faith, hope and love in the heart of Toronto”. As one way to live out that mission statement, over twenty-five years ago, St. Andrew’s Church began to open its doors for people on the streets of Toronto, offering a place for them to come in out of the cold and have a good meal. Sadly, there are more people than ever responding to our invitation but St. Andrew’s continues to be a place where they find a good meal and some friends who care.

We have been offering community breakfasts year round on Tuesday mornings. From November until April, we have been serving supper on Monday nights. In recent years we have often welcomed OVER THREE HUNDRED guests on some evenings. Our chef works with a large team of volunteers to prepare delicious meals. Our mandate from the beginning is to serve meals that we would be proud to serve our family and friends.

In addition to serving wonderful meals, guests are welcome in our Boutique where they can choose new and gently used clothing as well as toiletry items. All of these items are donated. We now work in partnership with Brands for Canada and the Bargains Group.

 

UPDATES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC – NEW!

Monday’s Takeaway Supper programme resumes is now finished for this season.  We thank all our volunteers for their hard work during this difficult time and hope to see everyone in the Fall.
We will continue to offer a take away breakfast on Tuesday and Friday mornings.   Guests receive a sandwich, fruit, snacks and a muffin in addition to our usual eggs, blueberry porridge, juice, yogurt and coffee/tea.  We are also providing hot chocolate and on some mornings a fruit and yogurt granola parfait. Between 75 and 85 guests are served at each breakfast. 

Hard at work in our new kitchen

Chef Mo at Work!

Socially Distanced Prepping

Packing up Supper!

Outdoor Coffee Service

Boutique Workers in the Narthex

DONATIONS

We welcome donations of new and gently used clothing and toiletries for our Boutique.
We have an immediate need for Men’s running shoes and belts – we have run out of both at the moment and there are many requests for these items. In addition we have a need for individually wrapped bars of soap, small bottles of shampoo and hand sanitizer, disposable shaver blades and dollar store rain ponchos.

We also continue to need men’s and women’s underwear..  These must be new. We are also willing to buy any of these items in bulk if you would like to make a cash donation.

These items are also welcome:
Men:  long sleeve t-shirts, sweaters, jeans (Sizes 34 – 42), track pants and spring jackets with hoods
Women: sweaters and hoodies (large and extra large), sweatpants/leggings, running shoes in larger sizes
Toiletries:  Tooth Paste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Bars of Soap, Small Packages of Kleenex

Knapsacks and Gym Bags are always appreciated.

 

If you would like to donate items, please arrange with the Church Office for a drop off time by emailing the Church Manager, Diana Veenstra at: dveenstra@standrewstoronto.org
To make a financial donation, click the “Donate” button at the top of this page and choose, “Out of the Cold Program” from the drop down menu.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are always needed to make these programs work and our volunteers come from both the congregation and the wider community and are much appreciated.

However, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the suspension of our OOTC Supper programme until Fall 2021, we will not be taking new applications at this time.  Please check back here in September when we will have updates for our new and returning volunteers.