2nd VP Community Services End of Year Update

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Hello Happy Guilders

It is time for an end of the year wrap up.

This year started with a new approach to sew days — more frequent days that were easier to set up and get something on the go.

Trapunto was our most perfect host, as the geographical location was great and the classroom area easily accessible and bright. A huge thanks goes out to Trapunto for hosting our sew days. These are some of the quilts we worked on during our last sew day.

We started out our guild year by donating 6 quilts to Lurana Shelter Society in October.

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Lurana Shelter Society and Lurana Shelter are named after Lurana White, the Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement. Lurana White was a woman of vision who advocated activities to support women during a time in history when they did not experience equality.  The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement have been providing services in Edmonton, Alberta since 1928.

Lurana Shelter has been an important ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement since 1993. While some programs may be similar to others offered in the community, they are also very different. Lurana Shelter Society’s programming model is holistic in its approach. We believe in treating the whole person psychologically, socially, physically and spiritually to bring about optimal wellbeing through our program.

I invite you to go to their website: http://luranashelter.com and read about their services and programs.

Our second donation of the fall was to St. Vincent de Paul in November, 9 beautiful quilts we sent to them.

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Serving Christ by Providing Assistance to People in Need

What we do

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a charitable organization entirely run by volunteers. We provide assistance to those in need through distributing items donated by the public.

We respond to 1200 SSVP Hotline calls for help each month, going out in pairs to visit people in need. Once needs are assessed, basic necessities are then delivered.

We bring the love of Christ to serve the poor on a person to person basis. Those in need are always treated with dignity and provided with support as they struggle in crisis situations.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served.

No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: “Charity is infinitely inventive.”

I am particularly impressed by the list of events they participate in, and am very glad they work in our world. Go to their website to read more: https://www.ssvpedmonton.ca/home

Our last quilt donation of the year will be is Give Me Shelter.

At that same time your librarian, Sandra Plouffe and I will also donate our GiveMeDiginity collection for the year.

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Each year, thousands of women and children flee domestic violence to find shelter at one of the Edmonton and area Women’s Shelters. Many women leave quickly with their children taking nothing more than the clothes on their backs in a desperate attempt to get away. Having somewhere safe to stay is vital to these families.

No one should be forgotten during the holidays.

Join Global News for this year’s Give Me Shelter campaign to help make the holidays a bit brighter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

For 16 years, the Global News Give Me Shelter campaign has provided thousands of much-needed items and Christmas gifts for women and children who are the victims of violence in our community, as well as thousands of dollars in donations.

The donations are shared among these 5 amazing women’s shelters supporting families in need:WIN HouseWINGS of ProvidenceA Safe PlaceLaSalle ShelterLurana Shelter

When I have pictures to post, you’ll be the first to see them!

Fall Retreat

Community Services participated in the Fall Retreat in September this year, and brought home many heart blocks!  That was such a fun retreat!  Thank you, Christine Orr and all your team!  

Quilt Raffle!!!

We made and raffled a quilt to raise a large donation for CampHeHoHa.  What a help you all were to sell the tickets and complete this project.

Community Services Gets Out and Gives!

On December 11, 2019 our guild participated in the GlobalNews Give Me Shelter campaign by donating our community services quilts and GiveMeDignity undergarments collection.

Board members, Past President, Kathy Strawson, and Librarian, Sandra Plouffe acted as Santa’s Helpers this year and gave our donation.   A huge thank you always goes out to them for stepping up.

I loaded Kathy’s car on the evening before the event, and do confirm that the entire back seat was occupied with underwears, and the entire trunk was full of donated quilts. Thank you all again for contributing! Well done, once again!

Thank you, sincerely, guilders, for contributing and donating. We have had a really good start to our guild efforts so far this year. I look forward to the rest! I will be announcing donation projects coming up, as soon as I can.

Have a wonderful Christmas season, everyone!