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A Hand Up for the Future

As a retired Executive Vice-President of the London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS ® (LSTAR), and a current volunteer with multiple local charities, Betty Doré has kept community housing close to her heart for many years. A few years ago, Betty became President of the Mission Services of London (MSL) Foundation Board of Directors and

A Cold Walk Against Homelessness

  The temperature was unseasonably warm on Saturday February 24th, 2018 when over 200 people attended the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) Walk in support of Mission Services of London. The walk, taking place at Catholic Central High School (CCH), aims to create awareness for the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness during a

Legacy is Multi-Dimensional

May is National Leave a Legacy ™ Month! This is a national public awareness program designed to encourage people to leave a gift through their will or any other gift planning instrument to a charity or non-profit organization of their choice. As I considered the word legacy, I realized that we do the word a

Quality, Time for Me

MISSION STORE is unique. Not only does it have the most economical prices of any other thrift store in London, but the money received from the sales of high quality, donated items goes directly into Mission Services of London for client programs and needs. Mission Store has a multitude of new items daily and, as

Thanks to You

A Heart “Warming” Donation from Vargo Distributions Did you know that coffee is one of our larger food expenses along with dairy products and meat? It is an ongoing need as we serve it every day. Thanks to Vargo Distributions (representative Martha in photo, left) for their donation in kind. Men’s Mission clients have enjoyed

The Gift of Courage

If you were passing by the intersection of Maitland and Dundas on the evening of December 8th, you would have seen nearly a hundred people – men, women and children – going into the side entrance of the Dundas Street Centre Church. You would never have suspected that it was a gathering of those connected to Quintin

Women’s Auxiliary Commitment Lives On

This past year, 2017, brought a bittersweet moment. After nearly 60 years in existence, the Women’s Auxiliary to Mission Services of London took the difficult step of disbanding. It was a moment for remembrance, but also for a feeling of conviction that the invaluable legacy this group leaves as part of our history, will live on.

Walking the Walk

On January 17th, Mission Services of London kicked off the Coldest Night of the Year Walk. Past walkers, volunteers, sponsors and members of the community heard first-hand how their support has helped to change the lives of people like Paul, who shared how different his life looks now, thanks to the services he received at

The Last Resort – Crashbed Program at CMHP

“EVERYONE HAS a different concept and idea of what homelessness is like – a different idea of what it’s like being at risk of homelessness. No one really chooses to be homeless. It’s just that they don’t know what their other options are” says Doug Nemeth, Program Coordinator for Mission Services of London’s Community Mental Health Programs (CMHP). Martha Connoy, Director of CMHP elaborates: “If

Spotlight on CMHP

It’s easy to think of Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) as but one branch of Mission Services of London and forget that CMHP itself comprises several related, yet very distinct, programs. In addition to the Crashbed Program referred to elsewhere in this newsletter, CMHP provides: Transitional Case Management for individuals leaving London hospitals, who also