On May 4, 2014, over 80 people attended the Fontbonne Ministries Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at St. Paul's Basilica Parish Hall. In a beautiful parish hall decorated with colourful balloons and flowers, Fontbonne Ministries volunteers gathered with staff and Sisters. Together, they enjoyed a meal and celebrated the volunteers' contributions to different Fontbonne Ministries programs.
During the event, Sister Thérèse Meunier voiced her gratitude to Fontbonne volunteers.
On Saturdays, Hanna (standing left) is the Coordinator for Fontbonne Ministries' Saturday Drop-In at Mustard Seed. For the last three years, she has arrived early in the morning with volunteers and staff. They prepare snacks and coffee, set up tables and get ready for visitors. By 10 a.m., the participants arrive. They sit down for muffins and hot drinks while a volunteer plays the piano. Some gather over a chess board, others read the newspapers, some work on crossword puzzles together and some just sit and talk.
With food bank use at record highs and 10-year waiting lists for affordable housing, many Ontarians are falling through the cracks of Ontario’s social safety net — social programs that exist to prevent poverty and help those in precarious situations. When a group of knitters discussed these problems, someone joked that they should knit a social safety net themselves, and a beautiful idea was borne.