Inn from the Cold
Through its emergency family shelter and temporary emergency shelter program, Inn from the Cold is a volunteer society that provides the first important step for ending homelessness for families and others in need. To this end, the Inn offers families a single, stable place to stay every night, where volunteers can come to provide meals and hospitality.
St. James supports the Inn by providing the necessary financial, procurement and volunteer services to prepare, cook and serve breakfast to approximately 20 homeless families on the 3rd Saturday of each month (typically consists of 60 adults and 20 children). Our mission is a simple one premised on Matthew 25:40 "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me." – to give back in some small part the great blessings Christ has given to us by offering the families of the Inn a wholesome, homemade breakfast that they otherwise wouldn’t have. Our ministry’s mandate is to only cook and serve fresh, homemade food. Our typical breakfast consists of bacon & sausages, French toast (sometimes pancakes), hash browns, scrambled eggs, and an assortment of fresh fruit. By giving back and caring for our brothers and sisters in need we hope to demonstrate Christ’s love for all of us.
Currently, due to COVID-19, the "INN" has suspended all volunteer work until further notice.
Bag Lunch Ministry
The Bag Lunch Ministry has three teams supplying lunches for the EXIT Outreach Program in downtown Calgary. EXIT offers a safe place where young people can find shelter, food, medical treatment and counseling services. The aim is to help them “exit” the street life.
Our teams prepare 100 sandwiches, and provide muffins, fruit, juice, milk and snacks on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month. Most of the food costs are paid by the church. We are thankful for food donations by parishioners as well as ‘leftovers’ from parish events.
Wood’s Homes is a multi–service non–profit children’s mental health organization, working with families for over 100 years. EXIT’s building in Inglewood combines all the Wood’s Homes Street Services (counseling, Culinary Arts, Employment Programs, EXIT Outreach).
During the pandemic, the money budgeted for the ministry is being given to The Alex because their program for street kids is still active. Our bag lunch program has been running for more than 30 years.
Chinook Care Centre Hymn Sing
Currently, due to COVID-19, the Hymn Sing is cancelled until volunteers are cleared to enter the nursing home again.
Prior to shutting down to protect the residents' health, on the fourth Sunday afternoon of each month, St James took its turn to offer a time of hymn singing at the Chinook Care Centre. This provided an opportunity for the residents who otherwise could not get out to enjoy a church service. At the moment, until health precautions are lifted, our three groups will stay in a state of hibernation/inactivity until the nursing home gives us the green light to start again.
St. Edmund's Food Bank
The Anglican parish of St. Edmund's in Bowness operates a food bank that St. James is pleased to help support. The need in the community is such that St. Edmund's has been distributing about fifty hampers each month, and continues to do so during the COVID-19 social distancing. Donations of non-perishable food will be gratefully received, and we will ensure that these items are delivered to St Edmunds. Please call the church office and leave a message letting us know you have a food donation. We will call back and arrange a time for drop-off.