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The Social Justice and Outreach team has been approached by OHEARTS (Oceanside Homelessness Ecumenical Advocacy Response Team Society) for assistance from the Knox congregation in highlighting the ongoing crisis that exists within the homeless community in Oceanside.

In March 2020, the RDN called on partners at various levels of government and community to replace the shelter option at St. Anne’s church that had valiantly tried to meet the need last fall and winter. The shelter at St Anne’s closed as it was not possible in that setting to meet public health requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as social distancing, basic hygiene, and ability to isolate. Almost a year later, few safe shelter options exist for this very vulnerable population. 

OHEART is asking that our congregation sign and submit a letter to remind those with the ability to activate change that the need is more urgent than a year ago. 
The Social Justice and Outreach Team will be hosting a drive-through event to make a letter available for signatures on February 8 between 10-12 at Knox. At the same time, we will be collecting food bank donations. Hope to see you there.

Submitted by Nona Klontz on behalf of the SJ&O team

WHAT: Drive-through event 
WHEN: FEBRUARY 8 from 10 am to 2 pm
WHERE: At Knox United Church 345 Pym Parksville, BC
DETAILS: Show your support for safe shelter options for Oceanside's most vulnerable by adding your signature to our letter and, if you are able, please bring a donation to the food bank.  

REMINDER: All COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed