Our gifts for Mission & Service create spaces where people can come together as family and feel safe. Bissell Centre in Edmonton is one of these places. The stories in today’s Minute for Mission were first shared on its blog.

Bissell Centre offers people living on the margins food, shelter, and a feeling of belonging. Most people who visit the centre can immediately tell that the people there have a special bond with one another. Diane, a long-time volunteer, describes the connection she feels. “When I don’t come, I miss the people in the Drop-in Centre. They’re always stopping us and talking to us,” she says. “It’s like a family.”

The phrase “like a family” is often used by staff, volunteers, and especially the participants themselves. Here are some of the ways Bissell Centre has shaped people’s sense of family.

Kayla shared that “Bissell Centre has given us a sense of belonging, tradition, and foundation to start from. The staff has encouraged us to grow and always gives us something to look forward to.”

Judy says, “I don’t know what I would have done without all of the staff at Bissell Centre. Look! Now I am sitting in my own home. I consider all of the staff to be my family.”

The community at Bissell Centre has grown and changed for over 100 years, thanks in part to the support you have provided through Mission & Service.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.

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