OUTREACHThe Outreach Committee is the group at KRU that reaches out to the community, country and the world. In particular, some areas of concern are the local food bank, Amnesty International (which writes letters appealing for the release of political prisoners around the world) and environmental issues.
This committee has been actively involved with sponsoring and assisting refugess for years. We often work together with other churches trying to find accommodations, furniture, and clothing for refugee families. We also try to get to know these families and welcome them to our church community.
OUT OF THE COLD In Toronto, this program started in the early 90s. It was a response by faith groups and social agencies to the growing problem of homelessness in our city and governmental lack of action in the area of creating affordable housing. The program was meant to be temporary, but government inaction continues and the Out of the Cold program has become an institution. Every night of the week, churches, synagogues, mosques and social agencies serve an evening meal, provide a bed for the night and serve breakfast to the homeless of our city. Volunteers from KRU assist with the guests who use the program at Easminster United Church, every Friday, from November 1st to March 31st.
BEACH INTER-FAITH OUTREACH COMMITTEE This committee is made up of a number of faith groups in the east end of Toronto. These include Beach Synagogue, Beaches Presbyterian Church, Beaches United, Calvary Baptist Church, Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Kingston Road United Church, St. Aidan's Anglican Church, St. John's Roman Catholic Church, St. John's Norway Anglican Church, and Toronto United Mennonite Church. The committee works diligently to assist those in need in our area. The main activity is hosting drop-in lunches to provide a nourishing meal, friendship and support to folks in our community who are lonely and in need. Kingston Road hosts lunches every Friday, except during the summer. Donations of food, first aid products and personal care items are always welcome. The committee meets monthly to oversee the lunches.
EAST END REFUGEE COMMITTEE For many years, this group has been actively involved with sponsoring and assisting refugees. From fundraising, locating and setting up accommodations, driving people to appointments, and arranging for ESL and other educational supports, this is an busy group sponsors one family every two years on average.
INDIGENOUS GROUP This group is committed to supporting Aboriginal initiatives. It meets on an informal basis to discuss Aboriginal issues and plan educational events for the congregation.