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Hope can make a world of difference for someone staying in a shelter any day of the year – but especially during the Christmas season. Our caring and compassionate volunteers, donors and staff do so much to bring comfort and joy to those who have nowhere else to go.

Last week, I had a conversation with Luc.  He has been staying with us for the past 3 months, trying to find work and save up enough money to pay for his first and last months’ rent at a new apartment. Luc told me that it’s the acts of kindness that touch him the most – like people dropping by the shelter with donations of winter gloves or bringing in Christmas baking to share with people who come to The Mission for meals. For him, the spirit of Christmas glows warm and bright here at The Mission every day because he knows that, with your support, he can make it through this difficult time in his life.

We also recently celebrated with the men and women who have just completed the Food Services Training Program in our kitchen. Our friend Steve tells me that not only does he have a job now that he’s completed the program, but he has renewed hope for a better life.

Thank you for supporting the people who come to The Mission. Your gift of hope helps them find their way.

Have a blessed Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!