In keeping with our vision of justice for all, this portfolio sponsors community groups which allows them to enjoy the use of St. Paul's facilities in order to meet the needs of their members. We also partner with the Spiritual Growth group to present the open Community Forums on topics including Climate Change, Food Sustainability, and Right Relations with Indigenous peoples.
AI Group 10 has 20 members and meets monthly to write letters to protect and defend international human rights standards for everyone.
couchiching jubilee house
St. Paul's supports this transitional home for vulnerable women by funding and maintaining one of the four apartments in the home. We also provide space for weekly food and fellowship meetings including child care.
Green Haven Shelter is supported by St. Paul's by offering space to run two groups. The Drop In group supports women who have or are experiencing violence in their intimate relationships. It is a place women can be supported by each other as they find clarity in their experiences and begin to heal. Tools for Healing is a 10-week program offered twice a year on Wednesday evenings. This is a closed group supporting women who have or are using the services of Green Haven Shelter to expand their healing journey and learn new skills.
St. Paul's Godsend program is our response to the ongoing needs of The Sharing Place -- Orillia's Food Bank. We encourage everyone to bring just one item a week of non-perishable food when they come to the church.
Orillia Community Garden
Using both container gardening techniques and a small garden plot behind our building, our gardening volunteers produce abundant fruits, veggies and herbs for everyone's use.
The Mariposa Grandmothers work through fundraising events to increase awareness and support for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and its programs in 15 sub-Saharan countries struggling with the HIV/Aids pandemic. Monthly meetings and fundraisers happen here at St. Paul's.
The Lighthouse operates as a soup kitchen, which is a bit of a misnomer because we cook a lot more than soup! We serve three hot meals a day, everyday, for anyone who needs a meal. Men, women, children… Everyone is welcome.
The Lighthouse also has 14 beds and operates as a shelter in the evening to ensure men, who have no place of their own to stay, have a warm, comfortable place to sleep. Our guests stay here, have a hot meal, and we help them by providing any necessary resources.
ORILLIA cOMMUNITY KITCHEN
In partnership with The Sharing Place we have developed a Community Kitchen program which teaches basic cooking skills, including how to make best use of the Good Food Box program and contents.
Mariposans for refugees
St. Paul's has partnered with the community-based group Mariposans for Refugees (M4R) to support a Syrian family's move to Orillia. Their fundraising efforts allowed a family of six to make this city their new home.
Volunteers help with cooking, cleaning, fund-raising, gardening, letter-writing, child care -- what would you like to do?