FIRST INTERFAITH OUT OF THE COLD PROGRAM 2013 -2014 – NEWSLETTER #1

We hope this finds you all well. The program started last week, just in time for this chilly weather. It was great to reconnect with many veteran volunteers and also welcome newcomers and it was bittersweet to greet so many of our “regular” guests. We were so glad to see them and sad that they still require our program.

This is the first newsletter of the 2013-2014 season. We’ll send them out occasionally to keep you informed of what’s happening at First Interfaith Out of the Cold. Please read through the important items below.

DONATIONS NEEDED

Our supply of gently-used clothes has dwindled to nothing and the Clothing Boutique is in urgent need of more offerings. With the weather turning cold, we need clothes that will keep our guests warm in the coming months. Specifically, we need: men’s and women’s winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and hoodies, sweatpants, long-sleeved T-shirts, hats, gloves and mitts. Please do not bring any business attire such as dress pants or dress shirts, as they’re not at all useful to our guests.
Please bring in any mini-sized toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant and also toothbrushes.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are urgently needed to help out with shopping for the program on Thursdays. This involves a 90 minute shopping trip to No Frills to purchase perishable items such as milk, margarine, cheese, bologna, etc. These items must be dropped off at the church on Thursdays between 12 noon and 2:45 p.m. Immediate cash reimbursement will be made upon delivery. If you’re interested, please contact us at volinterfaith@gmail.com

We’re starting a new computer access program for our guests called Get Connected. If you’re knowledgeable about using email, surfing the net and other basic computer skills and would like to work with our guests in short shifts between 4:30 and 6:00 or 8:00 -10:00, please contact us at volinterfaith@gmail.com.

We’ve had good coverage for the Dinner shift so it’s best to make arrangements ahead of time with Sharna or Mary at volinterfaith@gmail.com, if you’re planning to bring along any extra friends.

MAINTAINING OUR HEALTH

It’s cold and flu season, so please make sure to wash your hands before and after coming to the program. Consider getting a free flu shot. Many pharmacies across the city offer the shot. If you’re not well, it’s best to stay home and take care of yourself and not spread the illness to our vulnerable guests.

First Interfaith Out of the Cold
St. Matthew’s United Church, 729 St. Clair Avenue West

Every Thursday 3:00 p.m. to Friday 8:00 a.m.
November – March

http://www.firstinterfaithoutofthecold.com

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Important Dates
2017-2018

Orientation for New Volunteers
Thursday October 19, 2017

7:30 pm. St. Matthew's United Church (no pre-registration required)

Thursday November 2, 2017
Program starts

Thursday December 21, 2017
Christmas at Out of the Cold

Thursday March 29, 2018
Program ends for season

Donors & Supporters

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Please contact us if you'd like to donate and support the program. Every contribution, big or small, has a significant impact on the service we can offer our guests.

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