Catholic Street Missionaries attend to the needs of the poor on the streets of Vancouver. Volunteers recently spent 24 hours praying and fasting in preparation for their work on the street. (Catholic Street Missionaries photos)

Prayer and fasting prepare street missionaries for outreach to Vancouver homeless

“Don’t forget the poor; be generous to them.”  With those words, Canossian Sister Elisa Grignoli called about 30 Catholic Street Missionaries to reflect on their mission to the poor and homeless before heading out to the streets of Vancouver. With the simplicity her order is known for, she said Jesus’ words from the Gospel of Matthew –...

Project Advance funding helps support outreach to the Downtown Eastside among many other projects and ministries. This year’s campaign is aimed at empowering parishes in being centres of worship, proclamation, and outreach. (Project Advance)

From youth to homeless, Project Advance set to help for another year

For the last 17 years, Project Advance has helped Sancta Maria House maintain its Vancouver facility, where it runs a home for women looking to heal from substance abuse and related problems.

Sleep Out participants prepare to brave the night cold. The event featured what may be one of the last Comfort Coats as the ministry that produces the rugged coats for the homeless struggles to find volunteers. (Nicholas Elbers photos)

After 21 years, a lifeline to the homeless is in jeopardy

For the last 21 years, the Comfort Coats have been made by the Helpers of St. Anne and St. Joachim at Star of the Sea Parish in Surrey In the past year,  Carolyn Wharton and her hard-working volunteers produced 25-30 coats.

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