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The St. Andrew’s Out of the Cold Program is providing take away breakfasts on Tuesday and Fridays.  Guests can receive a meal at the St. Andrew’s Centre glass doors on Simcoe Street beginning from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  Social distancing protocols are in place for guests and volunteers.  We are now averaging thirty guests per day but this is growing and our largest number to date has been 49.  Our breakfasts now have more variety and can include: yogurt, V8 juice, boiled eggs, multigrain toast, grilled egg sandwiches, bran muffins, fruit, water, coffee and tea.  We are also providing some clothing and toiletry items from our Boutique as requested.  As always, our goal is to provide a delicious and healthy meal to our guests in a safe and welcoming environment.

 

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The Out of the Cold Boutique is now open during our Community Take Away Breakfasts on Tuesdays and Fridays.  We are in need of the following items:

Toiletries:  Tooth Paste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Bars of Soap

Men’s Jeans:  Sizes 34, 36, 38, 40

Men’s Tees:    Sizes Large and XL

Men’s Sweat Pants/Track Pants/Hoodies, Long Sleeved Tops: Sizes S, M. L. XL

We accept new and gently used clothing.  If you would like to donate items, please arrange with the Church Office for a drop off time.  co@standrewstoronto.org

Thank you

 

 

 

The Story Behind the Out of the Cold Programs:

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.  – A reminder that due to Covid-19 we are unable to accept donations to the boutique at this time.  We will update this information as it becomes available.

 

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