Anticipation builds as the children and youth wait for the muffins they made to bake. Different ages and backgrounds, everyone joins together on this summer day at the London Community Chaplaincy.

“I love the community with the kids. Everybody is like everybody else’s family,” says summer counsellor Ashley deBakker.

The chaplaincy provides advocacy and support for families who face the challenges of living in poverty in two housing complexes in London, Ontario. The summer programs for children and youth are part of the year-round mix aimed at helping children learn while having fun. Drop-in programs allow children to learn crafts, like making beaded animals, and play cooperative games.

“We teach kids so they don’t get left behind in the summertime, so they don’t forget what they learned in school,” says Jorge Bostamaste, Summer Evening Program Coordinator. He is describing the Summer Reading Buddies program, where children are partnered one-on-one to help improve their reading skills.

Sydney Franzmann, Summer Camp Director, describes Alphabet Soup, a summer program for children in grades 2, 3, and 4 to better their reading: “Like school, but in a fun way.”

“United Church of Canada Mission & Service support is key for London Community Chaplaincy,” says Chaplain Pam Cullen, Executive Director. “It becomes one of our main funders for the year.”

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