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. Fully Occupied with a waiting list.
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 to be announced.
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.
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 August 2017 marked the first anniversary of the rebirth of OWECC. The Chaplaincy under the leadership of Steve Zink has been offering three main programs: a study/support group at Regina Towers, a martial arts program for youth in different locations and individual pastoral counselling. In addition Steve conducts special services in response to requests (e.g. A Blue Christmas service). Steve is also a part time Baptist minister so he can only offer the equivalent of two days a week to the Chaplaincy. However, in 2018. the board hopes to expand some programs with the help of volunteers.
Refuge N.O.W. 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 1089 the committee has sponsored many families. Recently, the sponsorships have been joint sponsorships with the Federal Government, with the committee funding 6 months of sponsorship. However, the committee is entirely responsible for finding housing and linking the new family to essential services, including health care, English classes and financial services. We also provide guidance and moral support. The committee has recently completed a sponsorship of a Syrian family, a couple with 5 children. We are now planning our next sponsorship. 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 this vital work. Want to help? Please contact the Church Office.
FAMSAC has moved again this time to Unit 8 2006 Robertson Road. Due to the difficulty of getting delivery people we encourage clients to come and pick up their food orders. The clients have adjusted readily to this new initiative and appreciate being able to choose the food items including fresh produce and dairy products. Deliveries are made to those who are unable to get transportation to the site. In 2017 FAMSAC supplied 880 food orders and distributed 220 Christmas hampers. Due to the generosity of individuals, businesses, clubs, churches, etc. FAMSAC is in a stable financial position. Donations amounted to over $20,000 from these various organizations. The O.C. Transpo project provided an abundant supply of food items, plus $1400 in cash. Many schools in the area have food drives which has also helped to stock the shelves. FAMSAC welcomes anyone who offers assistance. If you would like to help please sign the form at the Information Desk.
A new initiative between BCUC and Jami Omar Mosque called Interfaith Bridge Building was started in March 2017. Jami Omar had had a relationship with BCUC many years ago when the church permitted the Moslem community to pray in the gym whilst their mosque was being built. Since then the Imams and some members of the mosque have been present at the Christmas Eve service. They have also made a generous donation to BCUC as thanks for giving them a place to pray. It is hoped that we will have three events per year including an annual meal together. We also plan to have some educational events. Last year we invited a medical doctor and a researcher to talk about substance abuse in youth and Imam Owais and Rev Kim Vidal gave a presentation on Family Values in Christianity and Islam. If you would be interested in joining the organizing group please leave your name at the church office.
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.