BFF = St. Timothy & St. George
St. Timothy’s Anglican Church has been friend and supporter to LOFT’s St. George House for more than twenty years. In addition to making an annual financial contribution and serving a monthly meal, volunteers make regular deliveries of home-baked cookies and send birthday cards to the residents.
At Christmas time, staff provides them with all the residents’ wish lists and St. Tim’s parishioners sign up to shop for one resident each. Outreach Chair Linda Gilpin says it’s never a problem getting enough volunteers for the Christmas list. There are only twenty-six residents and they get “snapped up in a minute”.
St. George resident Brian March describes the St. Tim’s volunteers. “They are very nice people, well established and great company”. Brian noted that the members of St. Timothy’s consistently make folks feel at home, especially on their monthly visits when they bring their families, and join the residents in enjoying the meal they have provided.
Why do they do it? Because over the years the relationship with St. George House has become “personal”. The volunteers may not know the residents personally, but they know the program and feel a strong connection.
The relationship is not all one-way either. When St. George House has a particular need, they know they can turn to St. Tim’s for help. Sometimes the call goes out for household items like linens and towels or coffee mugs. St. Timothy’s always responds if they can. They help with larger needs as well. Three years ago they paid for a new dishwasher, and last year, when the dining room air conditioning unit finally quit, they replaced that as well.
Linda Gilpin explains. “We see everything that St. Tim’s does with St. George House as a manifestation of the church’s vision of open arms, open hearts, open minds.”