Stories

Warmth in Winter

Each individual staying in emergency shelter has a story to tell and those stories are not always easy to hear. Some men will spend only one night, others will return frequently. The reasons for coming are as varied as the men themselves, but perhaps one thread common to all is a desire or need for

Winter Dangers

The trees have come down, the presents unwrapped, and the decorations packed into boxes. As another holiday season ends, we settle into the winter months. And for some, it’s anything but a wonderland. “When you’re trying not to freeze to death, the winter is long and dark,” says Mike Toth, Director of Shelters at Mission

Hope for the Holidays

As we decorate our homes for the holiday season, there are many men and women in the London area who do not have a home this Christmas. They are experiencing hunger and often feel alone. Your compassion towards our neighbours in need will help bring a different future to those who have fallen on difficult

25 Years and Counting

Russell’s face lights up when he talks about his dog Memphis, whom he rescued 10 months ago. “I have to put the radio on when I leave so he doesn’t get lonely,” he says. Those times are when Russell is at the Mission Store, where he volunteers three afternoons a week. He can usually be

The Mission Store – Community Hub

From 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. The Mission Store has received notable recognition over the last several years.

“We just kept doing what we were doing”: The Legacy of the Women’s Auxiliary

The answer was a quick “yes” when a friend asked Gail McCall to join the Women’s Auxiliary to Mission Services of London. “As far as I was concerned, they had done so much for me that I said ‘I’ll do whatever you need!’” she recalls. Gail worked at what started as the Women’s Mission, later

The Perfect Fit: Work Placement Success

When the Covid-19 pandemic temporarily closed the doors for in-person shopping at the Mission Store, Alexandra Jiménez saw another door open. “Our online stores were the only way to make sales so there was a lot of work.” Alexandra introduced new platforms for the store – Poshmark to sell clothing and Amazon for books, while

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