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.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR OUT OF THE COLD PROGRAMMES A SHORT VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE:

 

THE MONDAY NIGHT SUPPER has resumed and guests may arrive for 5:00 p.m.  The Out of the Cold Boutique will also be available.

 

THE TUESDAY MORNING BREAKFAST:

We will continue to offer a take away breakfast on Tuesday 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.   We begin serving at 7am at the Simcoe Street entrance.
NEEDEDPlastic Shopping Bags Please drop off any excess plastic shopping bags at the church during regular work hours or please call 416-593-5600 if you need them picked up.  OOTC uses over 80 bags on a rainy breakfast morning and the Boutique uses them as well.

Volunteer with Out of the Cold at St. Andrew’s

Our Out of the Cold Monday night suppers has returned while our Tuesday Community Breakfast continues on Tuesday mornings.  The Out of the Cold Boutique is open during both breakfast and supper.

If you wish to volunteer with us in any part of the program you must register HERE

This applies whether you are a new or a returning volunteer.

We look forward to working with another wonderful group of volunteers this year who want to make a difference in the heart of Toronto.

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Out of the Cold Boutique 

The Out of the Cold Boutique is now open on Mondays beginning at 3:45 pm in conjunction with the Out of the Cold Supper and continues to serve our guests from 7:00 to 8:30am on Tuesday mornings during the Community breakfast.  The number of guests visiting the Boutique on Monday night has almost doubled from last year (over 175 last week)!

 

The Boutique’s Top 5 Urgent Needs

  1. Men’s Winter Gloves (we do not have any!) 
  2. Men’s and Women’s’ Underwear (must be new) M, L, XL
  3. Men’s Long Underwear (must be new) M, L, XL
  4. Men’s and Women’s Winter Boots
  5. Men’s Winter Coats L and XL

 We are also in need of
1. Hand Warmers and Winter Socks (must be new)– now available at Dollarama!
2. Men’s Jeans, Sweatpants and Belts – all sizes
3. Men’s Sweaters, Hoodies and Long Sleeve Tees (especially L and XL sizes) – our current inventory is very low.

Small, medium and large plastic/cloth bags/knapsacks/gym bags and small toiletry items (all of which are available at Dollarama!) are always welcome.

We would also ask that all used clothing be laundered or dry cleaned (and without stains) before donation.

In addition, the Boutique also accepts monetary donations. Donations should be identified as donations to the Boutique.

To arrange a drop off time or monetary donation, please email Diana Veenstra at: dveenstra@standrewstoronto.org