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 

Monday’s Takeaway Supper programme 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 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. 
NEEDED: Plastic Shopping Bags.  Please drop off any excess plastic shopping bags at the church during regular work hours or call if you need them picked up.  OOTC uses over 80 bags on a rainy breakfast morning and the boutique uses them to hand out items.

Socially Distanced Prepping

Packing up those takeaway meals!

THE “BOUTIQUE” – NEW

The Boutique at the Tuesday Community Breakfast has an immediate need for a person who does sign language to communicate with our guests.  This would be for several Tuesday mornings over the next few months. For further information, please contact Rev. Dr. Bob Faris at  b.faris@standrews.org

DONATIONS

With the warm weather finally here, the Boutique is in need of the following new or gently used items for the summer. We would ask that all used clothing be laundered or dry cleaned (and without stains) before donation.
Men: Medium and Large tee-shirts, shorts, jeans and light casual pants (sizes 32-44), lightweight jackets, track pants, sports shoes, ball caps
Women: Large and XL tee-shirts, capris and light pants (sizes 10-14), lightweight jackets, sports shoes, new women’s underwear (sizes Large and XL)
The Boutique continues to need individually wrapped bars of soap, small bottles of shampoo and hand sanitizer, small packages of kleenex, disposable shaving blades, and dollar store rain ponchos.If you would like to donate items, please arrange with the Church Office for a drop off time by emailing Diana Veenstra at: dveenstra@standrewstoronto.org

We are also willing to purchase any of these items in bulk if you would like to make a cash/cheque donation. To make a financial donation online, click the “Donate” button at the top of the Homepage at: standrewstoronto.org and choose, “Out of the Cold Program” from the drop down menu. Please identify the donation to go to the OOTC Boutique (comment section on-line/on the cheque).

The Boutique team, and our OOTC guests, want to thank everyone for their continued support of the Boutique!

Please note that the Out of the Cold Boutique will no longer operate on Friday mornings.  The Boutique will remain open during the Tuesday morning breakfast but not during July.

 

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.