The closing of one of our congregations, while sad in one respect, has led to a new partnership with Anishnabeg Outreach, a charitable organization dedicated to helping First Nations, Metis and Inuit people with training and employment services.
The former St. Philip’s, Kitchener will become the home for a new Indigenous drop-in centre, a hub for various programs and services.
Recently I asked Stephen Jackson, Executive Director, how the renovations were going. He explained that they were covering the block walls with stone and cedar to give the space a warm nature feel. The hope is that this will encourage a sense of belonging so they can begin the process of healing with our local Indigenous people. The pews are being re-purposed to make lovely oak tables.
As a synod, we are committed to working in the spirit of reconciliation and we welcome this chance to work together serving our community. How can you help?
Donations made to Anishnabeg Outreach will be used for their Indigenous Child and Family Centre to provide food, diapers, formula and some winter clothing items for Indigenous children and their families. Anyone who would like to donate can contact Stephen at email@example.com.
To learn more about the Anishnabeg Outreach go to http://aocan.org/