The Service, Outreach and Social Action Committee (SOSA) plans, develops and coordinates ways for the congregation to carry out its mission in the community and throughout the world.
Demonstrates the concern of the church for human and social needs within and outside the congregation through involvement with the Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy, FAMSAC, Refuge N.O.W.
Advocates for social justice issues through petitions, letters and encourages the congregation to give to the Mission and Service Fund.
Coordinates and participates in outreach programs in the community.
Educates and increases awareness of the Congregation concerning the purpose, mission, and work of the committee through Minutes for Mission, bulletin board displays and speakers.
If you share our concerns for outreach and social justice issues, please join our committee. Contact SOSA through the Church Office for further details.
Our gifts for Mission and Service bring hope!
Multifaith Housing Initiatives (MHI) "MHI is a Canadian based not-for-profit charity focused on providing safe and affordable housing in Ottawa."
THE HAVEN: MHI supportive, affordable housing project in Barrhaven. Ready for occupancy in 2016.
VETERANS HOUSE: supportive housing to meet the needs of homeless or precariously housed veterans in the Ottawa area. This is an MHI project in partnership with other project partners and stakeholders. Expected completion in 2017.
BLAKE HOUSE, SOMERSET GARDENS and KENT HOUSE: A total of 41 supportive, affordable housing units in the city, successfully owned and operated by MHI.
TULIPATHON MHI: the annual walk for affordable housing held the first Sunday in May has raised $24,500 in donations, and counting from this year's event.
CYCLING CLERIC'S CHALLENGE: bike race among clerics to be held September 18, 2016
FAITH GROUP MEMBERSHIPS & EVENTS
For more in-depth information visit the MHI website: www.multifaithhousing.ca/ MHI also has a Facebook page.
Good news concerning the Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy After a year of dormancy and considerable soul searching OWECC is up and running once again. On August 1, OWECC hired Steve Zink, a part time Baptist minister in Barrhaven to be a part time coordinator. He was asked to come up with some ideas and recommendations for the future of OWECC. Steve was warmly welcomed in the four social housing neighbourhoods and is currently offering the following programs in response to requests: A Bible study and discussion group at Regina Towers, a martial arts program for youth at Foster Farm and Morrison Gardens and pastoral counselling wherever needed. Steve has had experience in the low income milieu and brings an important set of skills to this ministry. Welcome Steve!
This is an ecumenical coalition that sponsors refugees. Current member churches are: Christ Church Anglican, Bells Corners United, St. Stephen's Anglican, Knox United and Julian of Norwich Anglican. Since 1989 the committee has sponsored 14 families. When one of our sponsored families arrives in Canada the committee is responsible for finding housing and providing enough financial support for one year. Committee members also link families to essential services, such as health care, English classes, transportation and banking, and provide guidance and moral support. Currently we are sponsoring a family from Iraq, a young woman and her three year old son. The woman now speaks good English and is looking for a job. This sponsorship ends in June, 2016. If you are interested in joining the committee or would like to help in any way, please contact the church office. It is thanks to the support of our member churches that we are able to continue with this vital work. It is thanks to your interest and support that we have continued in this rewarding work.Questions? Want to help? Please contact the Church Office.
FAMSAC Christmas Hamper Project: A sincere thank you for your continued support of this local mission. Your donations of food, cash, and assistance are appreciated. We have now settled into the new location at 2006 Robertson Rd. #11. Due to the difficulty in getting delivery people, we are encouraging the clients to come and pick up their food orders. We are hoping that being able to choose food items, as well as selecting fresh produce, will be an incentive to visit this new venue.
We are now receiving requests for Christmas hampers. Our goal this year is to supply 200 hampers to needy families. Since our expenses have doubled this past year, having to pay rent etc., we are in need of financial assistance to meet this goal. In light of this we are hoping that your organization / office / family will contribute $100 which will provide a family with food for a Christmas dinner (turkey, stuffing, veggies, and cake) as well as a week of meals. A receipt for income tax purposes will be issued for each donation. We also refer children 12 years and younger to the Toy Mountain program. Please call 820-5428 if you require help, or if you know someone who would benefit.
Your assistance is needed for the preparation of these hampers. In order to make these jobs more orderly, each church is designated to have a specific number of volunteers.
Our schedule is as follows indicating the number of people that are needed from BCUC:
Monday, Dec.19th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm; 10 volunteers to help with sorting the food from the schools Wednesday, Dec. 21st 9:00 -11:00 am;
5 volunteers to help with hamper pick- ups and many volunteers to do deliveries 11:00 to 3:00 pm. All these activities take place at St. Martin de Porres Church. If you and your family are able to help with this local mission, please sign the form at the Information desk. With your assistance and concern, many less fortunate families will have a Merry Christmas.
SOSA Updates HELPING OUR INDIGENOUS YOUTH: This Lent we will be raising funds for INDSPIRE, a national registered charity that is dedicated to delivering programs and providing the necessary tools and support for Indigenous youth to complete their education. Watch this spot and the SOSA board for more information.