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by Connie Spuria, Communications / PR Manager

Walk photoAs mid-winter sets in, it’s built-in to our Canadian psyche to speculate how long it will last and how bad it will get. For those of us who have multiple coats, sturdy boots, heat in our homes and food on our tables, we know we’ll get by. For others who have circumstances in their lives preventing them from the basics, they may not be so sure from day to day.

Coldest Night of the Year 2016Londoners can show support by walking outside on February 25th for those who struggle. A winter walk may not be high on your priority list (or on your list at all), however, past walkers enjoyed this experience. It’s a chance to connect with friends and family for some exercise. Participants start and end the walk at Catholic Central High School, coming back to a warm bowl of tasty chili. Click for details. In addition, proceeds raised in London go towards providing clients with safe shelter, nutritious meals, hot showers, counselling and more through the five branches of Mission Services of London. The impact can really change lives as told by this former client, current employee – click here.

I speak from the heart when I tell you this story of why it matters. I was blessed to have my communications office at a client site for over two years. Given that people come to a shelter in times of crisis, it was rare to see someone in complete distress. There is one image, though, I will never forget – a man standing outside on the walkway with bare feet, snow bank beside him in January. He went inside, and, thanks to the support of the community, we were able to provide socks, other clothing, a warm meal and a bed for the night.

What if it had been me or a loved one? It is a relief knowing that we have services to help those who have nowhere to go or next to nothing. Coldest Night of the Year is a national, winter walk and fundraiser that challenges all of us to stand on our feet, walk forward, and help make a difference in someone’s life.

This is a non-competitive event about walking together – the team aspect reinforces this notion. Visit or let us know if we can help you register by calling 519-433-2807 ext. 2109.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Location: Catholic Central High School (CCH), 450 Dundas St., London
Times: Check-in 4:00 pm; walk starts 5:00 pm
Distances: 2.5 km, 5 km or 10 km – the latter two distances include a stop at our Community Mental Health Programs branch

Hello world!

Store Sale

Our Mission Store operates Monday through Saturday, offering you unique finds and affordable shopping in ten departments, all tax-free. We pride ourselves on being a great thrift store for all Londoners.

This Saturday Dec. 3rd – one day only – HALF OFF EVERYTHING at the Mission Store York & Rectory. Doors open at 9:30am. You read it right, HALF OFF EVERYTHING and TAX-FREE. See you there!

Our Mission Store operates Monday through Saturday, offering unique finds and affordable shopping in ten departments, all tax-free. We pride ourselves on being a great thrift store for all Londoners.

Volunteers NeededWe also offer an equally fun and interesting volunteer experience. Whether you are retired, semi-retired, looking for job skills or new skills, we have about a dozen different roles for volunteers to fill each day we are open, six days a week. We provide the training, you provide the smile!

Contact our Volunteer Relations Coordinator to see how this could be a good fit for you: giving back while having fun. Our volunteers make our Store possible. We are grateful for their support and are always happy to welcome new volunteers.

To learn more, call 519-433-2807 ext. 2105 or email


We hope to see you at our Fall Banquet & Silent Auction on Thursday, November 17th with high energy keynote speaker, Michael “Pinball” Clemons. Our Silent Auction is an exciting part of the evening. Items range in price point and interest, with the intention of variety. Thanks to attendee feedback, we’ve modified our bid selection while bringing back popular items to have something for everyone. We thank all auction item donors!

This year, event proceeds support programs at the Mission Store: Voucher and Warm Hands Hearts. These programs provide essential items to individuals, families, and children without cost to them. They connect to our mission: “We actively respond to people experiencing need, affirm human dignity and inspire hope.”

We post auction items on our Facebook Page

Bid items include:


Turbo Tubing Trip for FourLondon Knights



small basket with laundry items for silent auction



Tickets: or call 519-433-2807×2106.
Fall Banquet Promo Video

STORE_TSC 022sm2Country Music Week was held in London for the first time ever, running from September 8th to 11th. Although the festivies are over, there is one thing that won’t be forgotton about easily by Mission Services of London.

The duo TwoShine County from Calagary, Alberta, made up of Daron Schofield and Dennis Hann, were in town as finalists for the Canadian Country Music Assocation (CCMA) Discovery Program. In between meeting and playing for industry representatives, Daron and Dennis found an hour to visit the Men’s Mission on Sept. 9th. It was the second time they’ve done something like this, having visited a shelter last year in Halfax, the 2015 host city for the CCMAs.

Our food services staff arranged a BBQ for both clients and staff to enjoy outside, serving lunch to more than 180 people. Thanks to an accessory borrowed last minute from John Bellone’s Music across the street, we were ready to add the music. The harvest sun of early fall shined down, mixing with the accoustic sounds. The two harmonized voices sang songs both heartfelt and playful. People sat on the lawn and simply enjoyed the gift that Daron and Dennis were sharing.

Executive Director Peter Rozeluk reflected on the meaning of this act of kindess.  “The concert was a way to include our clients in the CCMAs. It brought music to them in a neighbourly way and it helped build community.”

MadelineRoth_1Madeline Margaret Roth (nee Bender) passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Sunday July 31, 2016 at the age of ninety eight.  Madeline was the daughter of Veronica and Allan Bender of Wellesley Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband Alvin Roth, daughter Elva Mae, brother Vernon and sister Jean Bender.

After marrying in 1939, she and Alvin farmed in Wellesley for nine years. When a small group of like-minded couples decided to move out of the established Mennonite community to start farming in a new area, Madeline was instrumental in finding the available land in the Nairn area near London. MadelineRoth2Within two years of relocating, the members of that new community decided to start a mission in London and Madeline and Alvin were the couple willing to go. As a result Madeline, who was the mother of three small children, also became the housekeeper and cook for the Goodwill Rescue Mission (later Mission Services of London) during which time she cooked two meals every day for dozens of men for five years.

Eventually the family moved to a house separate from the Mission. There she was able to look after her growing family and indulge in her love of creativity in many forms. In particular she loved gardening. Her garden was well known to friends and neighbours and she regularly sold what she grew in plant sales to raise money for charitable projects. In addition she contributed her time to the Women’s Auxiliary and the Clothing Centre, both services of the expanding Mission Services of London. 


“Tens of thousands of Londoners have been touched over the years by the work started by Madeline, which continues to this day. She fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked and took care of the sick. We honour her legacy by continuing her ministry. ”
Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director, Mission Services of London

IMG_20160724_085935On a sunny Saturday (July 23), we were grateful to the many donors, supporters and volunteers who gathered outside of the new Mission Store at Fairwest Plaza, 4-797 York Street. It was bright day to hold a Grand Opening that both looked to the future and honored our roots.

Opening remarks began with a blessing from our Board Chair Alex Verdun. Our interim Executive Director and Director of Development & Communications, Ericka Ayala Ronson, acknowledged the beginnings of the Store, which started through the efforts of the Women’s Auxiliary (WA) in 1964. We were honored to have a special presentation from two members of the WA Executive, Gail McCall and Carol Leslie, to our Store Manager Burt Haggith. Burt thanked the 100 Store volunteers, and the more than 50 referral agencies to our Voucher Program. Councillor Phil Squire explained how he has come to learn more about our work in the community and the benefit that it serves.

Our Executive Director, Peter Rozeluk recounted the efforts to find a new location, which started nearly five years ago, and the many groups of people who came together to make it a reality. Peter Rozeluk gave thanks to our landlord Southside Group, represented by Peter Moreno. CUTTING THE BLUE RIBBON, PHOTO FROM LEFT: Alex Verdun, Ericka Ayala Ronson, Gail, Burt Haggith, Carol Leslie, Phil Squire, Peter Moreno, Peter Rozeluk

StoreGrandOpeningJoin us on Sat., July 23rd for the Grand Opening of the Mission Store at 4-797 York Street at Rectory. Come for coupons, treats, face painting, and great shopping – no tax. Plenty of free parking.

Remarks & ribbon cutting at 9:15am; Store opening at 9:30 am.

The Store has a wide variety of unique finds in several departments: clothing, footwear, accessories, jewlery, housewares, linens, electronics, appliances, books and media, seasonal, toys and games.

Store proceeds support our programs that help people right here in London area.

To all of our donors, partners and friends:

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support as we, together, make a difference for neighbours in need in our area.

Thank you also for your patience as we continue to adjust our mail processes in light of the newest developments in the Canada Post negotiations.

Canada Post has withdrawn its 72-hour lockout notice and, as a result, there will not be a lockout at this time; a strike is not expected either.

Based on this new information, we will be returning to our usual mail procedures, with donation tax receipts and other correspondence being released and sent via Canada Post daily.

To ensure continuity of communication, we encourage you to share your email address with us; you will receive electronic invitations to events, regular updates about the impact of your support, solicitations, and volunteer opportunities from us – all in a paperless, convenient and prompt manner. To share or update your email address or preferences, please call 519-433-2807 ext. 2106 or email 

Last, we take this opportunity to remind you that you may make a donation securely through our online donation page at any time. You will have the option of providing your email address to receive an electronic tax receipt via email. Click here for our online donation page.

If you have any questions about online donations, our mail processes at this time, or about the impact of your support, please call 519-433-2807 ext. 2106 or ext. 2101.

Thank you once again for your partnership and support. With your help, we will continue to walk alongside those in need in our community, to affirm human dignity and inspire hope through practical assistance.


Ericka Ayala Ronson

Interim Executive Director/Director of Development & Communications

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Mission Services of London opens doors of hope with compassion for those seeking emergency shelter and support, by offering safe shelter, food, clothing and rehabilitation.

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