St Mary's Drop-In Centre

"I have set you an example that you should also do as I have done to you"

John 13

Our Mission Statement

St. Mary’s Drop-In Centre is a ministry of St. Mary’s Cathedral living, in imitation of Christ’s washing of the disciples' feet, His commandment that: “ I have set you an example that you should also do as I have done to you” (John 13). Recognizing the dignity of each individual, through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy (Matthew 25:32 ff), we care for the material, emotional and spiritual needs, of the homeless and those most in need in the city of Kingston.

Drop-In Centre Wish List

With the approach of the cold weather and cooler nights, many of our homeless guests are beginning to ask for sleeping bags, blankets and warm clothing. The Drop-In Centre has a very limited supply of these specific items on hand so we are reaching out to you for help.

Volunteering

News and Updates

The Lord has given us abundant blessings this year. Over the past year, we have served over 6 500 meals, given over 1 000 pieces of clothing, and produced over 22 000 pounds of produce through our Marian Donation Garden. This has only been through the dedicated work of over 50 volunteers who have given their time, talent, and treasure to serve God's most vulnerable children in Kingston.

The pandemic has greatly affected many individuals in the vulnerable sector. We often hear about how our guests mental health and social isolation challenges have been worsened due to COVID. We opened two weeks before the pandemic began, which presented us a unique challenge, but gave us a beautiful opportunity to serve the poor during such a difficult time.

 

We have been able to purchase and set-up shower and laundry facilities for our guests, offering them more dignity while living on the street. Our Italian Nonnas have been coming regularly to cook delicious soup for our guests, stored in our two chest freezers that were donated.

 

How to Support Us

To continue providing much-needed services to the poor in Kingston, we need your support:

  • Prayer and fasting for our mission
  • Volunteer your time to help one of our teams
  • We rely completely on the Providence of God. We do not accept funding from the government so that we always keep our Christ-centred mission based on Catholic social teaching. As such, financial support from the local Catholic community is crucial. Income tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20. You can support us through (please specify that your donation is intended for the St. Mary's Drop-In Centre)

Cheque made out to St. Mary's Cathedral

E-transfer to smarys@cogeco.net

Online at Canada Helps

Food and clothing donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday, 1-4PM at 260 Brock Street:

  • Soup cans, crackers, canned chicken and tuna, pre-sliced cheese and deli meats, white/brown bread
  • Juice boxes and water bottle casesGranola bars, maple cookies/chocolate chip cookies
  • Gently used or new clothing and furniture

Please contact Ann Lyng to inquire if we are in need of something you can donate, or for an expanded list of items we need.

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