Back-to-Work Attire

By David Kirk McCleary, Outreach Pastor

Posted on January 9, 2013

Supporting the good work being done in our city starts with simply taking a look through our closets. For the months of January and February, St. Paul’s will be collecting lightly used professional attire to help support the work of one of this city’s oldest Christian missions, Yonge Street Mission.

We are collecting new or used suits, dresses, belts, shirts, blouses, jackets, pants, shoes and socks that would be appropriate for a job interview or working job.

Yonge Street Mission is dedicated to helping those living in poverty in our city. Through their work they offer hope as they seek to change lives.

They offer people living in poverty:

  • Health Care
  • A hot meal and a place to rest during the day
  • Skills development programs during the course of a day
  • Mentoring
  • Counselling
  • Compassionate support as they seek to change
  • Help to find affordable housing
  • Help writing a resume and searching for a job
  • Interview preparation and work appropriate clothing

Once a person living in poverty has made the courageous decision to seek gainful employment, Yonge Street Mission Employment Services helps with their job search and interview preparation. But it doesn't stop there. Yonge Street Mission provides them with clean, professional clothes for those job interviews.

So at the start of this New Year, a “new” set of interview clothes could open a door to a new life and a fresh start that could turn the harsh realities of poverty into a distant memory.

We will be accepting donations for the next two months. Just bring those freshly cleaned items to St. Paul's and deposit them in the basket in the front foyer.

At the start of 2013 we look forward to a year full of God’s presence in our lives. Thanks to Yonge Street Mission’s compassionate encouragement and support, people living in poverty can choose to change their lives at the start of 2013.