A New Program has started at St. Jude’s in May
Good news! Justice & Servant Ministries announces the start-up of the Restore Method of Care Program (RMOC) this month.
RMOC is a multiple church-based, collaborative program. Trained volunteers respond to pleas to the church for help from people in crisis or distress, by assisting them to develop a plan to address their problems. The goal is for clients to get themselves to a healthier place, where they can sustain themselves. People in distress may be members of the congregation or they may come from the community; all are eligible. Typically, the action plan combines elements of 1) financial support, 2) accompanied referral to social service agencies or government programs and 3) provision of informal supports, by volunteers from the church congregation or from the community. The plan is short-term, addressing multiple, serious, urgent and for the client, often overwhelming, problems. And resolving them quickly. The web site is www.restorecanada.org
When a person in distress decides to ask St. Jude’s for help, they may contact our clergy or office staff. Following some intake procedures, the person will be referred to a volunteer who has been trained in Restore. Known as “care planners”, these include Noreen and George Duross, Perry Cloete, and Blair and Sharon Richardson. Our team is supported by Stanley Redwood, the Restore Halton Area Director, at Kerr Street Mission. KSM is the “delivery partner” for Restore in Halton Region. To date, Stanley has recruited 18 churches in Oakville, Burlington and Georgetown to participate in Restore, including eight churches in the Oakville cluster. With Stanley coordinating, these eight will share care planners as the need arises and may pool resources, if a client’s financial need is large.
The Diocese of Niagara has endorsed this new program and Diocesan support enabled Restore Halton to obtain a start-up grant (through St. Jude’s) from the Anglican Foundation of Canada. To learn more about volunteering, or more about this RMOC program, please contact Rev. Deanne Keatings.
Below are photos from the training day that took place April 30th.
At St. Jude’s, what used to be called the “Outreach Committee” is now called “Justice and Servant Ministries”.
In general, the goals are to respond to human need with loving service and to seek to transform the unjust structures of society.
St. Jude’s and the Margaret/Maurice Drive Community – Volunteers Needed!
St. Jude’s has been working with families in the Margaret/Maurice Drive Halton Housing community since September 2011, providing a weekly grocery delivery program – see details below.
Weekly Grocery Program
Every Wednesday our Grocery Delivery team brings food to thirty seven participating families in the Margaret/Maurice Drive neighbourhood. Food For Life supplies the food for this program so we are able to bring fresh produce, meat, and dairy to the families. The time commitment on a Wednesday is 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Volunteers unpack, sort and redistribute the groceries at St. Jude’s and then deliver to Margaret/Maurice Drive.
Please contact the Church office at 905-844-3972 if you are able to volunteer for any Wednesday throughout the year.