Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We Need to Move

I am increasingly feeling the need to move. To move into the neighborhood where many of our clientele come from. We need to be "in" the community in a more present way. Where there is a need for food, there are many other needs that can only be met by "presence". For example, companionship. People to talk to. A place to go and not be stuck in your own spiraling world.

If we are to love the poor, we need to spend more time with them. They need to become an integral part of "us".

We need a building in Amabay. We need about $1,000,000. The investment, although huge, would be overshadowed by the difference we could make. I believe that with all that I am. The question is, are we up to the sacrifice?



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Principal feedback

Yesterday as Don was doing the lunch deliveries to the various schools, he ran into one of the principals. The principal shared with Don how much the lunch program was appreciated. He explained that the behavior and attitude of the kids who were receiving lunches had changed significantly with a full stomach. The kids are more attentive and have a better attitude toward school and those around them.

We are thrilled to hear these stories and want to pass them on, so that we can be encouraged by the evidence that we are making a difference in our community.

On another note, I just spoke with Marcy from Christian Week publication and they are doing a story on our work in the community. It should be out in the next few weeks.



Thursday, October 16, 2008

We did it!

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving. Ours was busy, but fun. Last week I put out the meat slicer challenge. When Syl suggested this I thought it was a good idea, but, I wasn't sure how well it would go. To my pleasant surprise, we had the money raised by supper the same night. I found a 2nd hand slicer in a little hole in the wall restaurant equipment store on Notre Dame east. We picked it up for $400. The owner dropped the price when I told him what we were doing with it. We used it for the first time this week and it was awesome. He also fixed our coffee maker, which is a very important part of our ministry.

Thank you to those who contributed to this challenge. You have made a difference.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Meat Slicer Challenge

With the increase in school lunch production we have been looking for ways to cut costs. We are in this for the long haul. We need to purchase a meat slicer, in order to severely cut costs of cold meats every week. It costs about $25 to $30 a week in cold cuts. We can buy large hams or roast beef for much less, and it is healthier. We need to raise $450 for a used restaurant quality meat slicer.

If you can help, please send me an email at and send a check to;
On Rock Ministries
5000 St. Charles
Pierrefonds, QC
H9H 3G1

Thank you to those who partner with us in this work. Together, we can make a difference.



Friday, October 3, 2008

Update on School lunch program

Two days ago, we had 80 lunches a week to prepare. As of today we are at 95 with two more schools exploring their need. It looks like we will be doing over 100 lunches a week. This is a huge increase over last year.



Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lunch Time

It is hard to believe sometimes, that in our day and age that kids, go to school hungry. Surely with the amount of money we accumulate and spend in our affluent society, there are enough sandwiches for kids in school to go around. Well, that is not the case. As of this week we will be making 80 lunches a week to be distributed in 5 schools, and I expect that number to grow.

This will be a challenge, last year we did about 40 a week. However, how do you say no? One Mom has kept her kids home from school because she can't give them lunch. I can't imagine what that feels like. The humility and embarrassment of not being able to feed your kids. We are not talking about providing ipods here, but the basic needs for survival. If you can help by donating food or cash, or delivering lunches(Monday mornings before 11am), please contact me.

We are committed to making a difference in our community. You can help. Together, we can make a difference.