Here is your chance to see Christianity in action, at the front lines, where the power of Christian faith is the power to create change. This is not about charity, but about transformation.
NightShift Street Ministries is a not-for-profit, Christian multi-denominational society working with poor, vulnerable and under-resourced men and women in the community 365 days a year, because every day matters.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where does NightShift serve?
The NightShift administration offices, outreach training and warehouse facilities are located at 10635 King George Boulevard in Surrey, British Columbia. Our mobile kitchen and clothing vans serve nightly (7-8:30 pm) from the car park between MCC and the building we share with Sisters Thrift Boutique and The Care Centre. On Tuesday and Friday nights our Care Bus is available to bring street level nursing and counselling to those in need.
2. How did NightShift get started?
During a snowstorm in early 2004, MaryAnne Connor first opened the doors to bring into the warmth people in need, those suffering from neglect and hardship on the streets of Surrey. Ever since that first wintry night, when Mac and her friends served their first peanut butter sandwiches and hot coffee, teams of NightShifters have been coming out on a nightly basis to continue to provide basic needs and offers of friendship. What began as an emergency shelter in the early days has grown into a Christian, multi-denominational street ministry that provides a place for individuals, churches, businesses and organizations to serve the poor and homeless people in our community. Together we provide outreach, care and recovery programs.
Meals are prepared by local churches, outreach teams or donated through corporate sponsors and served by volunteers. Our street outreach teams offer friendship, prayer and hope as they hand out a change of clothes, blankets and personal care kits each night to people in need.
4. What is the NightShift mission statement?
At NightShift it is our utmost goal to treat street friends with respect and dignity, regardless of individual circumstances. Our mission is to love unconditionally and help others find hope and purpose.
5. How does NightShift fund its operations?
NightShift Street Ministries is a registered, not-for-profit society (#85203 8942 RR0001) that has been serving people in Surrey, BC (Canada), since January 2004.
Operating entirely without government subsidies, NightShift relies on the commitment of individuals, churches and other groups and businesses who give freely of their time, expertise and finances – because they choose to, not because they have to.
We deeply appreciate all support and provide income tax receipts for eligible donations after the end of the fiscal year (Dec 31) in which the donation was received. Online donations can be made through Chimp (button on the left) or via PayPal:
6. How can I get involved with NightShift?
7. What is Sisters Thrift Boutique?
When NightShift expanded its feeding program to also provide a clean change of clothes and warm blankets to those in need, we were soon inundated with generous donations of clothing from our supporters. Now our volunteers at Sisters accept and coordinate these donations and manage the distribution primarily for people living in poverty or on the streets in our community or further afield. Clothes suitable for resale are displayed in our store or online Thrift Boutique and all net proceeds go to NightShift.
8. What is The Care Centre?
This is the name of our counselling centre, where our licensed professional counsellors offer support on a sliding-fee scale. The Care Centre provides confidential and affordable access to tools, resources and inspiration for one-on-one, couple or group counselling of all ages, regardless of background, financial status or spiritual belief.
Counselling is the backbone of our Continuum of Care project of which the Care Bus is an example of bringing healing to those caught in the cycle of poverty and addictions, and support to those seeking a way to exit the streets.
9. Are those NightShift t-shirts and caps for sale?
Yes, as long as stocks last!
Contact the office to see if you’re in luck.