"Rock-A-Thon" to Address Local Homelessness

"Rock-A-Thon" to Address Local Homelessness
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The Anglican Parish of St. Joseph & St. George will be "rocking" (in rocking chairs) for a cause.

From now until the grand finale event on January 13, members and friends of the two congregations in Echo Bay and Jocelyn Township will be knitting warm hats, mitts, scarves, and socks as well as collecting money for St. Vincent Place and local food banks.

Media release: The initiative is in support of “Welcome…Home,” a national youth project of The Anglican Church of Canada and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to raise awareness and support of efforts addressing the rise in homelessness across the country.

According to numbers gathered in 2016, there were 72 homeless people living in Sault Ste. Marie and Area, with an additional 11,815 people living at risk of homelessness. These numbers are expected to have worsened. “Homeless” people are often stereotyped as alcoholics, drug addicts, or wayward youth. However, an increasing number of senior citizens and others have become reliant on food banks and shelters to survive.

After the Christmas rush of giving, places responding to people in these circumstances fall by the wayside in January and February. The parish is looking to people in the area to help make the “Rock-a-thon” a success. Financial donations can be mailed to Box 61, Richards Landing, ON, P0R 1J0. Please make out cheques to the ‘Parish of St. Joseph and St. George and indicate “Rock-A-Thon” on your cheques.

Posters and money donation containers are in various locations in Echo Bay and the communities of St. Joseph Island.

The grand finale event will be held in two locations on Sunday, January 13: St. George's Church Hall, Echo Bay, 11:00am - 1:00pm, and The Town Hall, Richard's Landing, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Members of the community are welcome to join in or drop off any items they have knitted.

The “Welcome…Home” project was launched at the Canadian Lutheran and Anglican Youth conference (CLAY) held in Thunder Bay during August of 2018, and continues until CLAY 2020 in Calgary.

Submitted by Susan Montague (Lay Incumbent for the Parish of St. Joseph & St. George)