On March 11, I accompanied Mrs. Aguilera and her Gr. 12 Social Justice Religion class students to the Scott Mission in Toronto for Christian Outreach. Very early in the morning, we met at the Milton GO station and took the train to Union Station, transferred to the TTC subway and got off at the Queen’s Park stop and finally, got a ride on the streetcar, and made it to the Scott Mission in good time.
Once we arrived, we met with Alexandra, the volunteer coordinator, and she divided us into groups: some of us doing dining room duty (helping to prepare the hot meal and serving it to the patrons) others of our group were assigned downstairs in the distribution centre (organizing groceries and handing it out to the families), while a few students helped to select various clothing items for the Sweet Repeats Boutique.
The students were amazing volunteers and represented our school very well. Everything’s free at the Scott Mission and it’s one happening place. It’s even a shelter for men who need a place to sleep, take a shower and do their laundry. Alexandra led us on a tour of the shelter.
After our shift, we made our farewells and headed to the Eaton Centre food court for lunch. And then, we got on the GO bus and returned to Milton.
Serving others was key as the students demonstrated three of the Focus on Faith Social Justice themes: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, Community and the Common Good and Human Dignity. Way to go, BR!
Some photos of the trip.