Mission Store – Corporate Social Responsibility – a word from Executive Director, Peter Rozeluk
Coldest Night of the Year: Walk with Us on February 22nd
We launched the 2020 Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) WALK season on January 15th at Wok Box Downtown where Rob, an Addictions Counselor at Quintin Warner House, shared his insight into the importance of supporting the cause. “It’s important particularly this year as our city finds itself entrenched in crisis – addiction, lack of access to physical and mental health services, as well as housing prices. The walk is an opportunity for people to come together and support each other at this time of year,” said Rob.
CNOY turns our attention to inclement weather faced by people experiencing homelessness in the winter. Rob shared, “It’s the time of year when demands on our community can be at a peak in terms of wait lists and shelter beds. On a personal level, I have struggled with addiction and have experienced homelessness, and the struggles that come to my memory the most happened in the winter. We live in Canada and you have to keep in mind that there’s a feeling of desperation which puts up a barrier to being well when you’re focusing on staying alive”.
CNOY offers an opportunity to come together to raise awareness and funds for programs that help neighbours in need achieve a different tomorrow. As Rob said, “In these crucial times, come on out! Our community is only as strong as we treat our most vulnerable people”.
To learn more about CNOY and how you can start, join, or pledge a team, visit: cnoy.org/London
The girls at Rotholme Family Shelter let their inner princesses shine for a Princess Day this winter. Thank you to Good Neighbours for the dazzling dresses and to Trade Secrets for the charming hairdos and makeup. You gave each girl a big, brilliant smile and beaming confidence!
Huge thank you to Drewlo Holdings for your very generous gift of $110,000 which will fund the return of 24/7 staffing and after hours addiction treatment support for men seeking sobriety at Quintin Warner House over the next year.
Thank you for making the 2019 Fall Banquet & Silent Auction a wonderful success! You helped raise nearly $150,000 to support the Prevention of Homelessness Among Families (PHAF) program at Rotholme Family Shelter. Through PHAF, we help families avoid emergency shelter. find and secure stable housing, and maintain it for the long-term.
Our heartfelt thank you also goes out to those who donated and bid on over 130 silent auction items, the staff and volunteers who pulled the day together, generous sponsors and donors, and Perdita Felicien, World Champion Hurdler and Two Time Olympian (pictured left), for her inspirational words that will continue to motivate us to see everyone’s potential.
Business Achievement Awards
We are honoured to have our very own Mission Store nominated as one of two finalists for the 2020 London Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards in the Corporate Social Responsibility category. Mark your calendars – The winner of the award will be announced at the upcoming Business Achievement Awards Gala on March 25th, 2020!
For more information about the awards, visit londonchamber.com.