The Justice and Servant Ministries (J&SM) Team is responsible for communicating regularly with the congregation, to keep it informed of progress. The scope of programs and volume of program activity continue to grow.
- Monday Night Dinners at Kerr Street Mission
Monday nights are family night at KSM, and St. Jude’s provide a family dinner each month, excepting July and August. The number of people attending each month ranged between 55 and 85 guests. A team of volunteers rotates monthly to cook and serve. The Monday night team prepares enough food to serve 90 – 100 guests. If we have fewer guests, then we will give a second helping or food in containers to take home. Our team of volunteers provides a nutritious meal: beef and chicken casseroles, salad, roasted vegetables, plain rice and strawberries and ice cream for dessert.
KSM is really appreciative and they say that our guests do look forward to the dinners. Our guests like the buffet-style setting, with pretty tablecloths and colour-coordinated napkins, all of which makes the evening more festive.
- Thursday Night Dinners at Kerr Street Mission
The Thursday Night dinner team, continue to have great fun, whilst looking after and catering for about 100 guests once a month. We maintained our “fresh food policy” despite rising food prices, and continue to offer a choice of three main courses. A “restaurant’ atmosphere and interaction with our guests remain a priority and St. Jude’s night is always popular and well-attended.
- Wednesday Food For Life Outreach Program
The team of volunteers receive, sort, and hand-deliver to families in the Margaret and Maurice Drive community. This food is delivered weekly to St. Jude’s by Food For Life, and is supplemented one week per month with 10 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, purchased from the Halton Fresh Food Box Program.
In addition to our regular parish volunteers, we welcome volunteers from within the community. Working together, the team is able to provide each family with a grocery supplement.
- Summer Weekly Barbecue at Margaret/Maurice Drive
Volunteers from St. Jude provide a weekly BBQ in July and August for the families residing in the Margaret/Maurice Drive complex. The purpose of the program is to:
- Promote socialization and community engagement amongst all residents at the HCHC housing complex;
- Promote socialization between residents and church volunteers;
- Provide different crafts, arts and other activities for kids and teens; and
- Provide fresh-grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, beverages and other food items to residents
Each week, a team volunteers buy, prepares and cooks the hot dogs, chicken, veggie and beef hamburgers with all the trimmings, under the leadership of a Team Captain.
Lyon’s Lane Vegetable Garden Plot
We have two adjacent garden plots and four volunteers – Mike Lanning, Austin Hazlett, Lynton Smith and Michael Nightingale– they harvest pounds of assorted vegetables, all of which are delivered to Kerr Street Mission for distribution to their clients. We count on contributions from other plot-holders at Lyon’s Lane who have excess produce, because several of them have supported us in past seasons. Furthermore, each year our plans and plantings improve, as we observe what others are doing.
- Support for New Affordable Housing
DQI (Design Quorum Inc.) has been a design firm in Oakville for 30 years, doing single family residential, multi-family residential, and commercial projects. DQI has also done several volunteer projects, including the construction of the gazebo at Margaret/Maurice Drive. At the request of the principals, St. Jude’s provided a letter of support for their proposed project, “Margaret Garden Community”, which is to build four separate six-unit suite clusters (24 affordable housing suites in total) on land owned by Halton Region on Margaret Drive and zoned for this type of housing.
New in 2018 – St. Simon’s and St. Jude’s Pantry Program:
The Pantry Program Team of volunteers produced approximately 120 meals (in 60 two-serving meal containers) on each of three occasions in June, October and November. These meals are intended for persons who are homeless, or homebound or unable to cook for themselves. The meals were made at St. Simon’s Church, taken to Boffo’s Butchery and Delicatessen for freezing and temporary storage and then delivered to community agencies and churches. St. Jude’s Church received a small number of meals and the rest were delivered to St. Matthew’s House Seniors Centre in Hamilton, St. Luke’s (Palermo) Church and to the Links2Care Seniors Enhancement Centre in Oakville.
Meals produced were Shepherd’s Pie (twice) and Chili, all of which were well-received. Volunteer cooks and delivery persons include Sharon Richardson, Carol Lowes, Sheila Moss, Bonnie Lovelace, Sally Bettinson, Anne Breithaupt, Chloe Breithaupt, Blair Richardson, Mike Say and Myrna Foley. A special mention is due to Boffo’s for their discount on the price of meat used in the meals.
A special thank you goes to everyone who volunteered and to our community partners. It is very successful, only made possible through the support and engagement of our committed and enthusiastic volunteers, our partners, our congregation and its leaders.