Fall 2021 Curb Notes Issue 46 – Mission Store

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The Perfect Fit: Work Placement Success

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Mission Store – Community Hub
Photo of Mission Services of London's Executive Director, Peter RozelukFrom its beginnings in the 1960s as a room in the basement of the Men’s Mission to its current 20,000 square foot retail location, the Mission Store has never wavered from meeting our neighbours’ needs while acting as a hub for the community… Read More

You are Invited to the 2021 Virtual Hope Banquet & Silent Auction

The Mission Services of London Hope Banquet & Silent Auction will be held virtually on November 25, 2021.

Keynote Speaker Liz Murray (right) will share her journey of determination, hope and hard-won success. The child of drug-addicted parents, Murray began experiencing homelessness at age 15 – and fending for her life. Determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning. She earned her high school diploma in just two years and won a scholarship to Harvard University. This would turn her bleak circumstances into a future filled with limitless possibility. Today, as co-founder and Executive Director of The Arthur Project, Murray is a passionate advocate for underserved youth, working to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning.

Funds from this year’s banquet will provide clothing, hygiene items, and household articles at no cost to adults and children in need through the Mission Store’s Emergency Voucher Program and Warm Hands-Warm Hearts Outreach Program.

The evening will include virtual networking lounges and a musical performance by local musician – Noelle Frances. Dinner options are available through curbside pickup on the day of the event.

This year’s Silent Auction runs from October 25th – November 25th.

Tickets can be purchased at mslhopebanquet.eventbrite.ca.

WA On Board

Members of the Women’s Auxiliary to Mission Services of London (WA) unveiled a new commemorative board on Saturday, September 18th at the Mission Store.

The board, which will hang in the window of the store, presents the history of the group and their contributions to Mission Services of London (MSL) over the years.

“The Women’s Auxiliary stepped up when Alvin [Roth] needed support,” says Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director of Mission Services of London. “The WA was visionary in viewing social enterprise as a response to the need that was in front of [them].”

The group was also recognized by London North Centre M.P.P. Terence Kernaghan and the City of London for their dedication to community service.

“Your generosity of spirit by giving of your time, talent and treasure to those in need speaks to your heartfelt dedication to community service,” wrote Mayor Ed Holder in a letter to group members. “Your legacy… has truly become a part of the unique fabric of our London community.”

WA members can contact Nicole Case at ncase@missionservices.ca or (519) 433-2807 ext. 2108 to receive a copy of the certificates of recognition.

New ways to “checkout” the store

Have you found yourself clicking “add to cart” more often since the pandemic began? You’re not alone. Statistics Canada reports online retail sales increased by 70.5% in 2020.

Never one to miss out on an opportunity, the Mission Store used several online platforms to keep sales going when in-person shopping halted. By selling collectibles and clothing on eBay, books on Amazon and clothing on Poshmark, the store continues to showcase some of their unique treasures.

Shoppers looking for a competitive thrill should “checkout” our Online Silent Auction, starting October 25 and running until November 25. The perfect way to get your holiday shopping completed early, the auction portal offers the chance to bid on a number of unique items. In connection with the annual Hope Banquet, funds raised through the auction will provide clothing and household items to neighbours in need through the Emergency Voucher Program and Warm Hands – Warm Hearts Outreach Program at the Mission Store.

The Mission Store online sales sites can be found at missionstore.ca, while the first lot of online silent auction items can be found here. You can view items now and plan your bids ahead of October 25th when bidding will open. The second lot of auction items will be available November 9th.

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