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Joanna’s Breakfast Program

The Mission started with one table and a few chairs, all dilapidated, and donated to us by a church. For the first few years, the whole community would fit around this one table. The friendships started at this table have continued to be part of our lives ever since. Since those early years, we have added ten more tables. They are now round.

  Table fellowship has always been a key element of the life of St. John’s. Over the years, the focus has been on different meals at differing times of the day.

  The breakfast program was started a number of years ago by Joanna, one of the members of our community, who noticed that people were on the street, cold and hungry in the early hours of the day.

  The first years, we were open only during the winter season, part of the 'Out of the Cold' initiative of the city. Now we continue the breakfast program all through the year.

  Breakfast is served Tuesday to Saturday, starting at 5 a.m. At this time, it is the only place in the city where people who have spent the night outside can come in for warmth and food at these early hours. We can serve up to 120 people per day, and some wait outside as early as 4:30 a.m. to get inside. Many people who come at this time of day, are living in tents or on the street.

  We have a social worker and trained staff, as well as volunteers, who are available to help with any issue that people may seek help with. That trust, built over the many years, allows us to reach out to people, who for the most part are outside of any social programs.

  We are always looking for community volunteers. Those who help out always mention what a positive experience it has been for them to meet the people we serve.

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