St. Paul, Uxbridge’s outreach committee has financially supported North House for several years. North House provides housing support for people in North Durham who are at-risk or are in crisis. When North House approached churches and other volunteer organizations in Uxbridge for funds for a proposed move to larger premises, St. Paul’s proposed a motion at its vestry to use money from its investments to assist it. The motion passed and on April 24 at the church’s Easter carol service, Joy Freemantle, chair of the outreach committee, presented a cheque for $10,000 to Mona Emond, the executive director of North House.
The new premises will enable North House to provide laundry and shower facilities as well as food and a place to meet for those who are homeless or precariously housed. It also hopes to provide a warming place in winter and a cooling one in summer.
“It is wonderful to partner with and support the work of North House as they reach out to the homeless and precariously housed in Uxbridge,” says the Rev. Canon Mark Kinghan, incumbent. “This is very much part of our vision of ministry at St. Paul’s as we seek ways to engage with our wider community.”