Mental health support at the Friday Night Community

Over the summer months we have had some new friends join us for the ‘Afternoon Hub of Kindness and Purpose’.  This past Friday we had two younger friends come early, as their mother suggested they take the bus down to get out of the house and to eat a healthy lunch.  They did not have any food in the house for the kids to eat.  We love that we can provide this safe space for folks to come to play games and connect in with friends, enjoy a healthy snack, or put their feet up and have a nap.

We are excited that our mental health speaker series will be starting up in 2 week’s time.  We partner with the Joseph Brant Mental Health Consumer Advisory Committee to offer these monthly sessions following the dinner that benefit many people in our community.  Please save the dates (flyer below).  Denis Olivier, mental health consultant, returns in September to talk about battling stigma, and in October Dr. Selchen, chief of psychiatry, and Tony Wright, manager of psychiatric services will give us a Joseph Brant mental health service update. 

As the school year approaches, we have begun to collect snacks for the children’s lunch program.  We provide 5 juice boxes and 10 snacks for close to 60 children, which equates to over 600 snacks per week.  Our most needed items are fruit cups, apple sauce and pudding cups.

We also have some children who require supplies for back to school.  Most needed items include lunch bags, thermoses, pencil cases, scissors, and calculators for the high schoolers. 

Most Needed Items: 

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding cups, peanut free granola bars, individually packed cookies and crackers, etc.)

*yogurt & sour cream size containers and black take out (no thin or clear plastic please)

*lemonade & iced tea crystals

*decaf coffee

*salad bar toppings (beets, pickles, seeds, Craisins, dressings, etc.)

*gently used/newer running shoes of all sizes for men/women/children

*women’s walking/running shoes sizes 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11, 12

*size 9 ladies’ sandals

*men’s walking/running shoes sizes 9-12

*kids shoes size 13, 1, 2, 3

*twin bedding

*Queen duvet and mattress cover

*diapers and pull ups of all sizes

*curtain rods

*toaster oven (gently used)

*fans for hot apartments

*school supplies

Quietly gone from our Friday Night Community

We were saddened by the loss of one of our Friday Night Community friends earlier last month.  We waited on details to share with our community, but unfortunately none have come available.  Angie’s family connections were limited, and it appears that her friends were mainly acquaintances, some who she ate with on Friday nights.  We were able to find one picture of Angie sharing a meal with her table mates, who are understandably quite concerned about this loss.  

Some folks who come in our doors are looking for friendship and a family who will accept and love them for exactly who they are.  They may come with a history of broken relationships and other challenges of which we will never know, and this can be displayed through difficult behaviours.  But we are called to love and care for others, ‘the least of these brothers and sisters of mine.’

As the school year approaches, we have begun to collect snacks for the children’s lunch program.  We provide 5 juice boxes and 10 snacks for close to 60 children, which equates to over 600 snacks per week.  Our most needed items are fruit cups, apple sauce and pudding cups.

Most Needed Items: 

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding cups, peanut free granola bars, individually packed cookies and crackers, etc.)

*yogurt & sour cream size containers and black take out (no thin or clear plastic please)

*lemonade & iced tea crystals

*decaf coffee

*salad bar toppings (beets, pickles, seeds, Craisins, dressings, etc.)

*gently used/newer running shoes of all sizes for men/women/children

*women’s walking/running shoes sizes 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11, 12

*size 9 ladies’ sandals

*men’s walking/running shoes sizes 9-12

*kids shoes size 13, 1, 2, 3

*twin bedding

*Queen duvet and mattress cover

*diapers and pull ups of all sizes

*curtain rods

*toaster oven (gently used)

*bunk bed set

*fans for hot apartments

Families growing together with the Friday Night Community

For the last 7 years, Friday Night Community families have had the opportunity to explore, play, and grow in friendship and faith at Ryerson Family Camp.  This past week 34 children and 19 adults were blessed to have this opportunity.  Highlights included trips to the beach, canoeing, cook out, adult dinner, mud pit, teen adventure and worship services.  One of our younger friends drew this picture as a reflection of her week at camp, and as a thank you to one of her favourite counselors.  Thank you for your ongoing support which allows us to offer these life changing experiences.  

One of our six year old friends drew this picture below which was a token of her thanks, and a reflection of what came to mind when she thought about her time at family camp.

Most Needed Items: 

*yogurt & sour cream size containers and black take out (no thin or clear plastic please) *lemonade & iced tea crystals *decaf coffee *salad bar toppings (beets, pickles, seeds, Craisins, dressings, etc.) *gently used/newer running shoes of all sizes for men/women/children *women’s walking/running shoes sizes 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11, 12 *size 9 ladies’ sandals *men’s walking/running shoes sizes 9-12 *girls tops sizes 14-16 or women’s small *kids shoes size 13, 1, 2, 3 *women’s summer clothing sizes XL, 2X-5X  *girls summer clothing sizes 6-12 *boys summer clothing sizes 6-14 *twin bedding *Queen duvet and mattress cover *diapers and pull ups of all sizes *curtain rods *toaster oven *TV stand, bunk bed set *BBQ, gently used lawn furniture *gently used card tables *fans for hot apartments

Caring and dedicated leaders at the Friday Night Community

Friends big and small, old and young come in our doors to enjoy fun times together.  Our children’s area is a place where children come to connect and play with friends.  The younger ones adore the adult and youth leaders that come to spend quality time and love on them.  We are blessed to have a team of dedicated and caring leaders who mentor and care for these younger friends.  Please pray for our team who leaves for Ryerson Family Camp tomorrow with 35 of our Friday Night Community children and their caregivers to enjoy a week of fun, friendship and faith formation.   

Most Needed Items: 

*yogurt & sour cream size containers and black take out (no thin or clear plastic please) *lemonade & iced tea crystals *decaf coffee *salad bar toppings (beets, pickles, seeds, Craisins, dressings, etc.) *gently used/newer running shoes of all sizes for men/women/children *women’s walking/running shoes sizes 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11, 12 *size 9 ladies’ sandals *men’s walking/running shoes sizes 9-12 *girls tops sizes 14-16 or women’s small *kids shoes size 13, 1, 2, 3 *women’s summer clothing sizes XL, 2X-5X  *girls summer clothing sizes 6-12 *boys summer clothing sizes 6-14 *twin bedding *Queen duvet and mattress cover *diapers size 4-6, pull-ups size 4-6 *curtain rods *toaster oven *TV stand, bunk bed set *BBQ, gently used lawn furniture *gently used card tables