Readers will remember that as part of the 2019 vestry social justice motion, Trinity formed an Outreach Committee. The committee has focused on a set of critical areas where we as the church can make the biggest difference for people in need.
As part of this commitment, the Outreach Committee identified Inn from the Cold in Newmarket as an important support in our broader community. Many people who find themselves homeless in South Simcoe ultimately arrive at the doors of the Inn, where they find a warm welcome and access to social services. The Inn has been especially stretched this spring, as the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that they have moved from a mixed volunteer and professional staff team, to all paid staff. While this helps protect the Inn’s vulnerable clients by limiting the number of outsiders, it has also stretched their already limited resources through overtime and other costs. Check out www.innfromthecold.ca for more information.
As a Lenten project, the Outreach Committee reached out to the Trinity community to sponsor a night at the Inn. By sponsoring a night, Trinity is helping Inn from the Cold to provide a warm place to sleep, three nutritious meals, access to gently-used clothing, laundry services, and shower facilities for up to 38 people. Trinity’s response has been generous, raising about $1000 — more than enough to sponsor two nights!
It is not too late to donate— cheques payable to Trinity Church with the memo “Inn from the Cold” will be gratefully received and paid forward. We are hoping to direct any excess funds towards the fall “Drop Your Drawers” drive for long underwear, or another similar need.
Bill White, Outreach Committee