Thank you to all our friends, donors and sponsors who joined us at Mission Services of London Hope Banquet & Silent Auction, held virtually on November 25, 2021.
Funds raised 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.
In partnership with over 50 referral agencies, the Emergency Voucher Program provides struggling men, women and children with basic needs items – all at no cost to them. This may include sturdy footwear, warm winter gear, clean clothing, kitchen tools, and more.
The Warm Hands—Warm Hearts Outreach Program provides warm children’s clothing to more than 30 elementary schools in the London area from November to February. This helps to ensure that all children are prepared for the cold weather with items like mittens, winter hats, and warm socks.
Learn more about what makes the Mission Store more than a thrift store:
About the Keynote Speaker:
Having experienced homelessness, Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope, and hard-won success.
The child of drug-addicted parents who routinely ate from dumpsters and sought refuge at all-night subway stations to survive, Liz 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 and a whole new way of living. 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.
With sincerity, maturity and graciousness, Murray takes audiences along on her personal journey from street smarts to classroom triumphs. She instantly becomes an inspiration to both student groups and business audiences in need of the motivation to overcome their own obstacles. The subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film, Homeless to Harvard, Murray graduated from Harvard, and went on to receive her Masters in the Psychology of Education at Columbia University. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: If I cannot attend the event, can I still make a donation to help provide clothing, hygiene items, and household articles to adults and children through Mission Store programs?
A: Absolutely! Please visit missionservices.ca/give-online to donate. Please be sure to click the “I would like this donation to go to a specific appeal” which will enable you to direct your donation to Mission Store programs. You may also choose to donate by sending a cheque to:
Mission Services of London
4-797 York St.
Please write “Hope Banquet/Mission Store” in the cheque memo line so that we can direct your donation to your desired area of service.
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors:
BlueStone Properties Inc.
Selectpath Benefits & Financial Inc.