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It’s a Treat Patrol!

Organization: Office of the Catholic Youth

Date: April 8, 2011

Location: Streets of DowntownToronto

Facilitator: Dean Penafiel, Assisstant Program Coordinator

About the Organization: The Office of Catholic Youth (OCY) serves youth in the Archdiocese of Toronto. They have developed the “3 C’s” that serve as guiding principles for the work they do. The “3 C’s” stand for Celebrating “life, faith and the many diverse gifts of young”, Connecting “them more deeply to God and to one another, becoming the Church of tomorrow while being the Church of today” and Commissioning “them to go make a difference by putting their faith into action and making Jesus Christ’s mission their own”.

We prepared 80 plus lunches (chicken, tuna, cheese and ham sandwiches with drinks and cookies) and the following day we went on a patrol on the homeless/poverty heavy streets of Toronto and handed out the lunch bags.

The Good Shepherd, the Scott Mission and the Daily Bread Foodbank provide food for the less fortunate people. Similarly, we handed out lunches to the homeless, poor and hungry people of downtown Toronto in collaboration with the Office of Catholic Youth. We took a different approach this time around; we were on the streets, we came to the people. We really got to see how tough living on the streets is. It added another dimension to what we know about homelessness and poverty (You’d be surprised how ‘normal’ these people looked, you could’ve sworn they were middle class). We continue to learn about the difficulties of such circumstances and how it is needed for people, for youth especially, to continue to be empathetic and active on these issues.

We have a house to live in, food to eat, and clothes to wear, let us not be selfish and share our blessings. We gave a meal’s worth of food, it may not be a lot, but to the people we gave them to, it could very well be a matter of life and death. These are small acts of kindness but let us look at the big picture. As I have previously mentioned, these small acts, well, they pile up and they can be of significant change. Working with youth oriented groups give me a sense of security, I know that there are youth out there that are interested in making a difference. When we all collaborate, we can definitely tackle the world’s greatest issues but we have to start small and locally. By doing what we did, we pave a way to a future that is interested in eradicating poverty, homelessness and hunger. Four different organizations now, all interested in eliminating these issues. Despite how our future is portrayed, how we are all ‘screwed’, I believe, I put faith that there is a rainbow after the storm.


Written by Elvin Madamba

May 15, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Posted in Events, Social Justice

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