Stories

Rotholme through the Years: Celebrating 35 Years

As Mission Services of London as whole celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2021, another anniversary bears notice as well. Rotholme Family Shelter was created in 1986 as the Women’s Mission for single women, later merging with the Family Centre to form a single shelter for parents with children. 35 years later, the shelter is the

Discover your Will Power

Can I Really Make a Difference with My Will?  In short, yes. By leaving a gift to the Mission Services of London Foundation in your Will you can make a bigger contribution than you ever thought possible to help struggling neighbours. Mission Services of London Foundation is delighted to announce it has partnered with Will Power, a

Back to School at Rotholme

The backpacks are filled, lunches made and new shoes have been tied – it’s time for kids to head back to school. Ten kids left Rotholme Family Shelter this morning, ranging in ages from Junior Kindergarten to grade 10. “There was a lot of running around and a lot of feelings,” says Rebecca Fisher, a

The Definition of Love

When Goodwill Rescue Mission (now Mission Services of London) opened in 1951, the founding Executive Director, Alvin Roth, lived with his family in the same house that operated an emergency shelter for men. A strange living situation for some, but the Roth children did not mind the arrangement. In fact, they found it to be

The Roger Smith Wing

Many of you will know that the Men’s Mission provides 111 emergency shelter beds. What is less well known is the temporary residence we provide, known as the Roger Smith Wing (RSW). The RSW is a separate, self-contained area of Men’s Mission offering 35 temporary, rent-geared-to-income individual rooms. Roger Smith was the third Executive Director

Meeting Need at the Point of Need

Alvin and Madeline Roth’s five children speak about their parents’ leap of faith to help build an organization that has helped numerous neighbours in need since 1951: “Their faith drove them and their faith was based on love,” said Brian, one of Alvin and Madeline Roth’s five children. When his parents were chosen by their

Advice for New and Young Social Workers: Q&A with Gordon Russell, Director of Shelters

Seeking wisdom to help guide her career ahead, Lisa (pictured left), a new social worker at Men’s Mission, asked several thoughtful questions of her supervisor, Gordon Russell. Gordon recently retired after a meaningful career of 30 years as the Director of Shelters. His responses are described below. What education or training helped you prepare for

Celebrating 70 Years of Service and Impact

Mission Services of London is proud to be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2021! What began by Alvin and Madeline Roth in 1951 as a nine-bedroom house to provide food, shelter, and clothing to men in need has grown into an organization of five branches dedicated to helping thousands of neighbours each year who struggle

“Rotholme was my Railings”

When Sammeca feared that she and her young children would soon be facing homelessness, she turned to Rotholme Family Shelter. “I met with them and it was perfect; they were nice people,” she said. “I ended up moving into shelter and luckily I did because my social worker ended up having a hands-on approach about