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Hope + Ham for Easter Dinner

by NightShift

NightShift's Easter Celebration Meal was absolutely wonderful! Because of the generosity of our sponsors, and people like you, about 130 friends from the neighbourhood, stuggling with poverty and homelessness, enjoyed a delicious ham dinner with all the fixings, and a special Easter treat bag that included a Bible, chocolate treats and more. Together with wonderful…

The other side of the mountain

by NightShift

George is one of our regulars. Most nights we see him at our outreach meal, helping volunteers, joining new faces for dinner and carrying on conversations with the friends he’s made over the years at NightShift. Born and raised in Fiji, George came to Canada when he was 16 and completed high school here. After…

Love Starts with Soup

by NightShift

For most people, the holidays mean spending time with loved ones. Christmas time highlights family gatherings, the blessings of being together, and sharing unconditional love. For Richard, thoughts of family gatherings and feasting over the Christmas table bring up memories of his Mom, who passed away in 2005. She was, he says, "a saint, my…

Peace Starts with Soup

by NightShift

For people struggling with homelessness and poverty, finding peace and goodwill, even at Christmas time, can sometimes seem impossible. The last few years, Mark has had a lot to deal with. He was let go from his job as a point-of-sales system supervisor, without cause, in 2015. Although he doesn’t know for sure, Mark suspects…

Serving up our thanks to First West Foundation

by NightShift

Pictured, Kenneth D’Sena (Envision Financial), Susan Byrom (Executive Director, First West Foundation), Jeff Dyck (Director, First West Foundation), MaryAnne Connor (NightShift Street Ministries), Michael Voros (Envision Financial), Sue-Lynda Bate (First West Foundation). When you’re serving a community meal every night, year after year, your mobile kitchen is going to take a toll no matter how…

Beauty from ashes

by NightShift

Sometimes, beauty grows from the ashes of pain and tragedy. Breathtaking, inspiring beauty like that found in Bonnie, a woman who has become a friend to staff and volunteers at NightShift Street Ministries. Finding light in the darkness that once surrounded her life, Bonnie wants to connect with other people who are struggling with some…

Free Night Market brings joy

by NightShift

You know the excited feeling that comes from finding a piece of clothing that fits just right, comes in a colour you love, and is exactly what you need? The icing on the cake, of course, is if the price is right. You just grab that item and run for the check out, heart pounding…

More Than Soup – Contest

by NightShift

Our More Than Soup Contest provides a way to fundraise and build awareness about what NightShift is doing to reach the homeless, hurting and vulnerable people on our streets. The idea for the More Than Soup Contest was inspired by one of our favourite fundraisers, fitness trainer and friend of NightShift, Carl C., who holds…

Popcorn and hope at NightShift’s Movie Night

by NightShift

As normal as popcorn and a movie Men and women fill the chairs, the lights are dimmed. The delicious aroma of hot, buttered popcorn fills the air as people sip root beer floats and wait for the movie to begin. This isn’t another night out at the local multiplex. This is Movie Night at NightShift,…