Spring 2020 Curb Notes Issue 40 – Community Mental Health Programs

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Committed to Staying Connected at CMHP

Doug Nemeth, Program Coordinator of Community Mental Health Programs (CMHP), was not at all surprised by the passion and energy his team brought to their COVID-19 response… Read more

Lifting Spirits and Raising Hope at Rotholme Family Shelter

It is no secret that the London community is struggling with feelings of worry and fear in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team at Rotholme Family Shelter is no different… Read more

Community Mental Health Programs and COVID-19 – a word from Executive Director, Peter Rozeluk

Photo of Mission Services of London's Executive Director, Peter Rozeluk

COVID-19 has changed social interactions and how many of us work, and CMHP is no exception. The Resource Centre has temporarily closed and our Streetscape and TCM programs have undergone changes in the way services are provided… Read more

Play with Purpose

We are overjoyed to join Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) this year. The new partnership was announced at the kick-off event on Feb. 28th at Boler Mountain.

HHTH leverages Canada’s love for hockey to raise awareness and financial support for people experiencing homelessness. They do this by hosting hockey tournaments across the country, where players raise funds to make a direct impact in their own community.

Proceeds raised through the hockey tournament in London will benefit families in need who are receiving services through the Prevention of Homelessness Among Families (PHAF) program at Rotholme Family Shelter, as well as two other local organizations. Through PHAF, we help families avoid emergency shelter, find and secure stable housing, and maintain it for the long-term.

You can get involved with HHTH as a donor, volunteer, sponsor, or play in the tournament! We hit the ice on Sat, Sept. 26th (postponed from May 9th). For more information about Hockey Helps the Homeless, please visit hockeyhelpsthehomeless.com.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the 25th annual Scan Away Hunger campaign. The total is in! You helped raise more than $108,000, providing 34,726 meals for people in need. Special thank you to General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada for the lead gift to the campaign!

On Feb. 22nd, over 300 walkers took part in the Coldest Night of the Year WALK, raising over $80,000 to help neighbours experiencing – or at risk of – homelessness in the London area. Save the date for next year’s walk on Feb. 20, 2021!

 

We ‘Heart’ Our Volunteers

“The volunteers of Mission Services of London do more than help us sort donations, prepare meals or plan activities for families staying with us. They bring laughter, kindness, and support to people in need,” said Alexis Hopiavuori, Volunteer Relations Coordinator, as she reflected on the hard work of the volunteer team.

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week in April was “It’s Time to Applaud Canada’s Volunteers”. Across the country, in our own community, and within Mission Services of London, volunteers work tirelessly to make change, build community, and support one another – while asking for nothing in return. “Our volunteers demonstrate the values of Mission Services every day by showing hope and compassion to our clients, and integrity and diligence in the important work they do,” Alexis remarked.

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please reach out to Alexis at volunteer@missionservices.ca.

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