Merivale/Fallowfield reaches out mainly through the following:
Elizabeth Fry Association:
We are still collecting toiletries and womens’ products for the women under their care. The items can be put in the bins at both churches.
Merivale Church is continuing to collect items for Syrian refugees that may be dropped off at the Church, and volunteers will be picking them up. Items needed are: vegetable oil; cereal; sugar; rice (basmati, long grain or calrose); dried beans (chick peas, fava beans, red or brown lentils; and lima beans.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation supports community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa. The Great-ful Grans of Merivale/Fallowfield raise funds and promote awareness of this opportunity to help. http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/ Fundraising events to date have included a “baby shower” and a talent show.
Daybreak Non-Profit Housing: Daybreak is a place to call home for men and women who not only have difficulty finding affordable housing but also struggle with issues such as mental health, recovery from addictions, escaping abusive situations and limited life skills. http://daybreakhousing.com/
Centre 507 is an adult drop-in centre that is open to all who seek a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Participants face a combination of economic and social disadvantages. Homelessness, unstable housing, mental illness, addiction, health concerns, poverty, employment and loneliness are among their challenges. The Centre helps participants address these challenges. http://www.centre507.org/
The Well: The Well / La Source is a spiritual and justice-based gathering place for women and women with children. The Well provides a safe, supportive, inclusive environment where women come together to empower each other while nourishing the whole person. http://www.the-well.ca/
Long-Term Care: volunteers from Merivale go every week to help with worship services at Longfields Manor. They also drive clients to appointments and help with various social events.