All proceeds from the St. Andrew’s Christmas House Tour go towards supporting St. Andrew’s Church & local Oakville charities including Kerr Street Mission, Community Living Oakville, & Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Halton Particular Council In Support Of The Halton Fresh Food Box Program.
For more than two decades, KSM has been providing essential programs and services for people that are in distress or struggling to provide the basic necessities for themselves and their children. Today Kerr Street Mission is a gathering place and a hub of care for the community.
Child & Family Care: Building a Community of Healthy Families
Kerr Street Mission is committed to helping families as they try to rise above their circumstances. We engage people through food and meal programs that ensure basic needs are met. We connect people with services and programs that can help them get to a healthier situation. We inspire people by providing practical care, compassion and community. And we come alongside people to support, encourage and guide.
Youth Development: Equipping Youth for Success
Kerr Street Mission is committed to helping youth learn, develop and prepare themselves for life after high school. We engage youth in constructive activities and a safe, welcoming environment. We connect youth into positive peer and adult relationships. We inspire youth by providing opportunities, experiences and responsibilities that will help them see their world differently. And we come alongside youth to support, encourage and mentor.
Community Living Oakville (CLO) was founded over 60 years ago by heroic parents who dreamed of a better life for their intellectually handicapped daughters and sons. CLO brings full citizenship to the most vulnerable members of our community, supporting over 400 individuals in Oakville. The organization is dedicated to providing stimulating day programs and housing for people with a developmental disability whose families are no longer able to care for them. Other vital services CLO provides include much needed after-school programs for children with a developmental disability, as well assupported employment options for adults to acquire skills that would assist them in finding a job in the community.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul ( SSVP), founded in 1833, is a community based charity that supports families in need, regardless of their race, denomination or background. By visiting homes in the community, our volunteers are able to assist families-in-need, those struggling to support themselves and those who are ill and alone. We listen with compassion and refer families to local resources and agencies. We help with essential needs such as securing food, furniture, and clothing but we also advocate access to benefits such as the Canada Learning Bond, Recreation and Camp subsidies, emergency dental assistance, and further education.
The Halton Particular Council (HPC) oversees the four “conferences” ( groups) of SSVP in Oakville. One goal of the HPC is to provide better access to fresh fruit and vegetables for families-in-need right here in Oakville. We work in partnership with the Halton Fresh Food Box program; and thanks to the support of the St Andrews House Tour, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul will open more drop sites for the Halton Fresh Food Box program, thus providing low income families in Oakville a monthly box of nutritious produce provided by local farmers.