The three Inn coordinators at St. Stephen’s - Pam Verdonck, Dennis Yurkiw, and Ambrose Comchi - wish to thank all of the dozens of volunteers who provided the requisite labour each month during the past twelve and 2/3 years at St. Stephen’s Inn. They shared the work that involved setting up sleeping and dining areas, cooking and serving the 7 PM supper and 6 AM breakfast and preparing bag lunches. Volunteers were on duty all night and laundered the guests’ clothing during the night. In the morning they took down equipment, cleaned up the church Inn, and laundering the towels and bedding. Other volunteer duties included helping the guests’ children with school homework and providing any other support that was needed, including driving ill guests to a nearby health clinic. During our time hosting Inn From the Cold, our volunteers served nearly 2900 homeless guests.
We also thank the parishioners who donated clothing, toiletries, and other items to be passed on to the guests. Special thanks are due to St. Stephen’s choir members who made significant donations of backpacks, socks, underwear, hoodies, jogging clothing, and toiletries each December for distribution over the following year. In addition, we offer a big thank you to individual parishioners, the Knights of Columbus, and the UCWLC for sizable monetary donations made to support the program. Finally, thank you to St. Stephen’s Council and clergy for their support and encouragement.
Submitted with deep gratitude,
'Ambrose W. Comchi