Meals in the Fellowship Centre:
The Fellowship Centre of St. Paul's Social Services serves our guests hot lunches Mondays and Wednesdays each week (except for Statutory Holidays), starting at 11:30 am and running until 12:30 pm. Our meals consist of a choice of homemade soup and freshly-made sandwiches, with the frequent addition of fresh fruit salad or other varieties of in season fresh salads. Visiting clergy and members of our Compassionate Presence volunteers are in attendance on a regular basis to lend a listening ear if that is the need. The total number of lunches served to our guests each month is in the range of 600 to 650. Items of clothing (coats, boots and sweaters) and toiletries are also distributed. With the help of our generous donors, our volunteers and the London Convention Centre, our guests enjoy a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings at Christmas.
St. Paul’s Social Services Food Bank:
The Food Bank is open 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday (Holidays Excepted). St. Paul's Social Services provides an emergency three-day supply of food including fresh eggs, milk powder, peanut butter, canned fish and fresh produce. This service is available in coordination with the other two major food banks in London; the Salvation Army and the London Food Bank. In 2017, our Food Bank served nearly 12,000 individuals and families. Additionally, hygiene products, baby food and formula, mittens, scarves, hats, shopping bags and layettes are provided to clients, according to availability. Fresh produce comes from individual gardeners, community gardens (both faith-based and corporate gardens), Farmer's Markets and the London Food Bank as well as the London Food Coalition. Without the help of these wonderful growers and donors, we would not be able to give our guests the fruits and vegetables we all need, year-round.
Supported by the donations of Churches in our community and by the generosity of individual donors, the Christmas Share program provided gift card packages valued in total at over $11,000 to 200 recipients in 2017. Our Christmas Share is by referral and the aim is to help those who may not have access to other Christmas programs. Knitted goods and toiletries were also given out to our guests in the Christmas Season.
The Let's Talk Program:
A recently established program called Let's Talk; (supported by a grant from the City of London) takes place in the Fellowship Centre two evenings a week with the aim of helping Syrian refugees and other newcomers to Canada to improve their conversational English. It attracts up to 18 participants of all ages and has the support of volunteers with backgrounds in English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as retired educators and a published author. Their many skills are brought to an informal group (tea and snacks are provided) that meets and learns in an atmosphere of intercultural community. Let's talk takes place Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm. There is no charge and all are welcome.