PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, WE HAVE MADE THE DIFFICULT DECISION TO CANCEL THE FINAL THREE  MONDAY OUT OF THE COLD SUPPERS AND TO SUSPEND THE TUESDAY MORNING COMMUNITY BREAKFAST UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HOWEVER, A “TAKE-AWAY” BREAKFAST WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 17 AT 7:30AM 

PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

 

The Out of the Cold Boutique is currently urgently in need of volunteers.  The Boutique is open on Mondays from 4 to 7:30 pm.  If you are available to help, please contact Rev. Bob Faris at: b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

 

The Boutique is also in need of donations.  Even as the weather starts to warm the Out of the Cold Program is still in need of clothing donations.  Specifically, we are looking for men’s underwear, jeans and t-shirts although we are always happy to accept donations of any clothing, both new and gently used, for both men and women.  If you can help, please drop off donations in the the bin located in the main hall outside of the church office at 73 Simcoe Street.  All items gratefully accepted.

 

This year’s OOTC Supper Season will run every Monday night until April 6, 2020, while our OOTC Community Breakfast welcomes guests on Tuesday mornings throughout the year.

The rebirth of downtown Toronto as a place to live in the 1970’s confirmed that St. Andrew’s decision to stay in this location was the right one! While it is surrounded by the towers of financial institutions, by hotels, theatres and concert halls that cater to the many tourists who visit, downtown Toronto has also become a place where people live and even raise young families. But it has also become a place where many of the city’s poor and homeless seek both food and shelter. St. Andrew’s is a living church with a congregation now drawn from across the city and which represents the diversity of modern Toronto. We again repeat our mission statement that, “The people of St. Andrew’s are called by God to serve in faith, hope and love in the core of Toronto” – a commitment to minister to the needs of the wide variety of people who live and work in the downtown area.

But the need is great and we need all the help we can get. Our many, many volunteers, from all aspects of life are the ones that enable us to do the work we do and to continue to serve. Many of our volunteers may not be members of the congregation but we are very grateful for their presence and their commitment. Many speak about getting back even more than they give and in this often selfish and self-centred modern world they are a beacon of light. Do you have what it takes to join them and assist with one of the programs listed below?

OUT OF THE COLD SUPPER

Over twenty 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 shelter, a good meal and some friends who care.

From November until April, our Great Hall becomes a place of joyous feasts on Monday nights, now welcoming OVER THREE HUNDRED guests on some evenings. Our chef works with a large team of volunteers to prepare delicious meals, served at table, as we would for our family and friends.

In addition to serving wonderful meals, guests are welcome in our new and gently used clothing boutique and have books and magazines available to read and to take with them. All of these items are donated. We welcome boutique donations throughout the year. Please drop them at the church during regular work hours, Sunday mornings, or call ahead to check if the church will be open at a time convenient for you.

 

To volunteer with either of these programs, as an individual, with family members, as a group of friends, or as a corporate team please click on the links below.

New Volunteers: Download application
Returning Volunteers: Download application