Rock-A-Thon Grand Finales a Success

Holy Trinity Rock-A-Thon on St. Joseph Island (left to right): Kathy Clark, Arthena Hecker, Val Brown,
Holy Trinity Rock-A-Thon on St. Joseph Island (left to right): Kathy Clark, Arthena Hecker, Val Brown,

The Parish of St. Joseph & St. George thanks the people of Echo Bay, St. Joseph Island, and the surrounding communities for their incredible generosity and support of our Rock-A-Thon. Our Grand Finales were held on Sunday, January 13th – one in Echo Bay and one in Richards Landing.

We knitted and were given a heap of warm clothing for the St. Vincent Place shelter! I am really excited about being able to bring to them, on your behalf, such a generous load of hats, mitts, scarves, socks, and other warm clothing at this chilly time of the year. Together, we also raised over $300 to share between our local food banks and the shelter!

Echo Bay Rock-A-Thon-(left to right): Liz Christie, Stephen Wells, Janet Arnold and Cindy Huffels.
Echo Bay Rock-A-Thon-(left to right): Liz Christie, Stephen Wells, Janet Arnold and Cindy Huffels.

Many people make use of these facilities and it may surprise you to know that, in 2016, the number of people listed as “living on the streets” or “homeless” in Sault Ste Marie and surrounding area was nearly at the 100 mark. Also, thousands more are “at risk” of becoming homeless because they live in a precarious financial situation. Over 1000 households are on the wait list for decent, affordable housing and thousands again are listed as being in “core housing need”. This means that their current accommodation costs them more than 30% of their income, requires major repairs, or is too small for their family needs.

This Rock-A-Thon was 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 efforts to address the rise in homelessness across the country. Thank you, once again, to all those who gave money, food for the Grand Finales, clothes, and knitting (or crocheting)! I feel blessed to have been a part of this wonderful experience of generosity and caring.

Submitted by Susan Montague Koyle

Lay Incumbent for The Parish of St. Joseph & St. George

Clothing donations for shelter.
Clothing donations for shelter.