Stories

You are Not Alone

“Just come”. Those were the words Emily was relieved to hear when she called Rotholme Family Shelter (Rotholme). After suffering terrible abuse by her partner, she needed a safe harbour. Arriving with her children at Rotholme, Emily met Michael, her caseworker. “He’s the nicest guy ever,” she says. “He worked with me so well”. Together,

Michael and “the Boys”

If Michael ever won the lottery, he would spend every penny on food, beds, and warm clothing for men experiencing homelessness in London. “Just to make sure they were safe and had somewhere to go,” says his daughter, Ali. “He just had an incredible heart. So, when he would see or hear of a need,

My Reflections

For my last Curb Notes article I’d like to share some reflections of the last 12 years. Working in a social service agency is not for the faint of heart and during a career, however short or long, one will likely experience every emotion. The most important thing I have learned is that poverty, homelessness,

Farewell to a Bold and Faith-Filled Leader

A Conversation with Past Board of Directors Presidents during the Tenure of Peter Rozeluk “I was one of the people Peter talked to as he was working through the process of leaving his career as an accountant, to pursue his calling to work in the non-profit space,” says Allen Page, current Board of Directors (BOD)

Do Something

While Peter Rozeluk will be retiring as Executive Director of Mission Services of London (MSL) in just over one week, his impact on the organization will far outlast his tenure. Looking back to one of Peter’s first days as Executive Director in 2010, he visited several elementary schools to learn how MSL could best help

How Will You Keep Your Love Going?

Sometimes, a donor does not know how their donation will be utilized. Instead, they choose to allow Mission Services of London Foundation to allocate the funds where they are most needed. This practice of leaving donations unrestricted has allowed us to respond to emerging needs, expand vital programs, and swiftly address the pandemic. For instance,

One Step at a Time

“There’s not a lot of places where your social worker will meet with you outside or agree to go for a walk. [The Streetscape team] is great for meeting people where they’re at,” says David*. David first met Sarai, a Streetscape case worker with Mission Services of London’s Community Mental Health Programs (CMHP), in 2019.

“It’s Not an Option to Offer Hope—It’s an Obligation”

As an ethnographer in Scotland, Chris Medland worked alongside volunteers of faith-based organizations to understand the impact they were having on the wider community. “The effect they were having was immense,” he found. “These organizations were doing almost all of the social welfare provision in Scotland”. With over 5% of the Scottish population experiencing homelessness

Expanding and Enhancing Addiction Treatment in London

“As far as I know, there has not been a single death in emergency shelters because of COVID-19–not a single one,” says Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director of Mission Services of London. “Part of that was because the City of London had the foresight to have isolation and monitoring spaces for people staying in shelter. I

Monday at the Mission Store

We often say the Mission Store is more than just a thrift store. The retail space and warehouse support the Emergency Voucher Program, an outreach program providing clothing, essential hygiene products, and household items at no cost to neighbours in need. Last year, the program distributed over $85,000 in goods and regularly serves thousands of