Informing, Exciting, Inspiring

… The Welcome Home

Our overall experience at The Welcome Home could only be described with three words: Informing, Exciting, and Inspiring. Our experience really helped us to become more aware of why the importance of awareness of poverty is such a big deal, and how we can get involved/help out. During our trip, we learned what the Welcome Home does, in terms of making hampers, donating and giving basic necessities to the poor such as hygiene products, food, jackets, blankets, pillows, and much more. As we learned about this, we came to a sudden realization how important the Welcome Home is to the community, and how much people are in need of them and depend on them. Upon leaving the vicinity, we were able to grasp and learn the importance of what we have, since most people aren’t as fortunate as us, and despite this, we can pitch in to help by doing just the same; giving to our communities, charities, and to anyone else in need. That’s the only way we can fight against poverty.  – Katharine B, Amy H, and Diza A

Help Those in Need

…The Welcome Home

This September our Grade 8 class had the privilege to visit The Welcome Home on our Christian Service Day. During our visit we learned about the 100 year old building, the community programs offered there, and the amazing people who give selflessly to their community. The Welcome Home provides food to the hungry in the form of hampers and weekly dinners. They also help young families by hosting family nights, babysitting, and offer support to single mothers. When we were there, half of the class helped to make rice bags for the hampers and the other half made craft bags for children. The Welcome Home is truly a welcoming place and we were reluctant to leave. We are so grateful for this experience and it was a powerful example of how we can help those in need and in our community.

What We Can Do To Help

… An Eye-Opening Experience For All

by: Meagan M.

The Welcome Home was a life changing experience for me. I found it amazing to see what this non-profit organization does daily. Coming home from that, I will look at my life differently after seeing where some people live, and how hard that must be for the homeless people. This organization does so much for the people, and I got such a warm fuzzy feeling there knowing that I helped someone today.

When we arrived, they split us up into 2 groups, half of the class went and baked muffins for the homeless. Then our group went to bag rice and macaroni into portions that will go into the homeless people’s hampers. I found it astonishing to think about what they do there in such a small building. There are many people that rely on this organization for many things. This organization does amazing things for others like: making hampers to give out weekly, make sandwiches for them, they have a mass weekly, and they also do a family night. They said that every week they get about 40 to 50 people for each of those events. I like to think that they are a non-profit organization doing good in the world, and shaping the lives of those who they have touched. Even though I am not homeless, I was so touched about what Dolores, Liv, and Noel were doing for the people of this community.

Next, the really big thing is what we can do to help. While I was there, even though I did help bag food, I didn’t feel like that was enough. It broke my heart to see Dolores open the cabinets, and see little to nothing in there. I feel like a community like ours would be able to donate food, and even money for places like Welcome Home. To see how those people devoted their lives for others through the word of God made me speechless. I loved the opportunity to go and see what others do for the community. I think that Welcome Home is an amazing place for the homeless and they do great things for the community!