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St. Paul’s Congregation is involved in outreach within our community and beyond. We support the work of the Community Dorm Odyssey House women’s shelter, the food bank, Habitat for Humanity, the chronically mentally ill and KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives). We use fair trade coffee in some of our gatherings. By encouraging our people to support the United Church’s Mission and Service Fund, we are able to participate in Providing relief to areas of drought and famine, Supporting United Church Overseas Personnel doing work in education, medicines advocacy and pastoral leadership and giving support for chaplaincy work, struggling congregations and inner city shelters in Canada.
Advocacy is part of outreach, and St. Paul’s has submitted petitions and letters to the government on such issues as child poverty and cancellation of debt for the poorest of the third world countries. In 1999 we began sponsoring a refugee family.
The Outreach Fund: The congregation maintains a modest fund from which they can provide immediate assistance to People in times of financial crisis. It is also supplemented at Christmas with collections of specific items requested by various community charities during our “Angel Tree” drive.