The Waterloo Wayside Centre
Waterloo Wayside Centre was born out of the hosted outreach programs originally started by Emmanuel in 2008, Wayside is now recognized in the city and region as an organization that supports and builds community where it has the most impact: among the marginalized, seniors and youth. Wayside is well on its way to being an independent organization, drawing volunteers from Emmanuel, partner churches, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo and the broader community.
Programs support by Waterloo Wayside Centre:
The Bridgeport Cafe provides a place for people to meet and enjoy food and fellowship.
The Food Bag Program gives a day’s worth of food to individuals and families once a week.
Seniors Programs: chair yoga, music care, adopt a grandchild.
Youth Programs: Jump Math and Cooking Club.
ShareWear: collects and distributes clothing for those who need it.
The Medical Clinic provides a nurse practitioner during cafe hours for people to consult with twice a month.
More information about The Waterloo Wayside Centre
Vera’s Place is a dry house for women who are recovering from substance abuse. Although Vera’s Place is an independent organization from Emmanuel, it became a reality because the congregation wanted to use a house they owned for the good of the community. Before the house could be used, it needed extensive repairs. This was a community effort, spearheaded by Emmanuel church.
More information about Vera’s Place
We are currently sponsoring a family of four; two parents and two children from Syria. We are doing this in partnership with MacGregor Albert Community Association. We are also helping to settle a Rohingya refugee from Myanmar.
More information about MACAwaterloo
Our benevolent fund is administered by our minister Rev. Jenn Hind-Urquhart and is available to help local people who need a hand up.
The United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund
We are a committed donor to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada. The Mission and Service Fund supports six areas: Global Mission and Service; Community and Justice Work; Theological Education and Vocation of Ministry; Faith Formation; Support to Local Ministries and Conference Leadership.
Local Charities Emmanuel Supports Financially
Supportive Housing of Waterloo provides housing for hard to house individuals. It also helps transform their lives with programs, services and supports that help with addiction, mental health and hoarding issues.
More information about Supportive Housing of Waterloo
St John’s Kitchen is a place in downtown Kitchener for people to gather and share a meal together.
More information about the St.Johns Kitchen
House of Friendship offers services in four key areas: housing, addition treatment,food and low income neighbourhoods.
More information about the house of friendship
Mary’s Place is YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo’s 60-bed emergency shelter for women (16 and older), transgender people, and families who are homeless. Parents of either gender with children who are homeless are welcome to stay at Mary’s Place.
More information about Mary’s Place
FoodBank of Waterloo Region through community partnerships, obtains and distributes emergency food to those in need.
More information on the FoodBank
oneROOF Youth Services provides for the safety, support and overall well-being of youth who are experiencing homelessness, and youth who are at-risk of homelessness, aged 12-25, in Waterloo Region.
More information about oneROOF
MCRS (Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support) supports individuals and families who need help navigating Canada’s refugee claim process.
More infomation about MCRS
Family Relocation Services is an organization that supplies families who are forced to relocate due to unfortunate circumstances, with furniture and other household needs.
United Church Emergency Response is a fund of the United Church of Canada that is used to help people throughout the world who find themselves in precarious situations due to war, famine, hurricanes, earthquakes or other man made or natural disasters.
Food4Kids Waterloo Wellington is an organization that prepares healthy food packages to give to children on Fridays, for those who have limited access to food on the weekend.
More information about Food4Kids
Days for Girls is a global movement that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions to girls who would otherwise miss school during their monthly periods.
More information about Days for Girls
Bridges to Belonging assists people with disabilities and their families to plan for and build a good life in community.
More information about Bridges to Belonging
We donated money to complete a labyrinth being built at Grand Valley Institute for Women.
We donated money to Needlecraft Friends, a group within Emmanuel that makes quilts, prayer shawls, baby blankets, mitts, hats etc. for those in need.
We are supporting a vegetable gardening initiative within Emmanuel.
On the second Sunday of each month, the children of Emmanuel traverse through the congregation, collecting spare change to donate to a local organization. Each year a new organization is chosen and the children learn about the work of organization.
This year we are supporting White Owl Native Ancestry Association. Our donation will help White Owl support youth camping experiences.
Previous years we have supported: Waterloo Wayside, oneROOF, Afro-Canadian/Caribbean Association, Anselma House, Supportive Housing of Waterloo, Marillac Place, Fresh Start, Nutrition for Learning.
Other Outreach Activities
We collect food in the spring and fall for the Wayside Food Bag Program and the FoodBank of Waterloo Region.
We have a sock toss! One Sunday in the year we bring socks to church and following the service we toss the socks at our minister, and a couple of other willing targets. The socks collected are given to the Waterloo Wayside Centre ShareWear program. Our sock toss collects over 1,000 pairs of socks.
At Christmas time, we set up a Mitten Tree. On this tree we collect hats, mittens and scarves. On White Gift Sunday we ask for gifts of blue jeans, underwear, socks and toys. All the children’s hats, mittens and scarves along with the toys are donated to Children’s Needs Distribution Centre run out of Highland Baptist Church. This organization gives toys and clothing to families in need. The other clothing goes to The Waterloo Wayside centre’s ShareWare program for use throughout the year.
A few Sundays prior to Christmas we have a Cookie Sale. People in the congregation bake the cookies, many people buy the cookies, both bakers and non-bakers are happy and everyone has homemade cookies for the Christmas season. In the past, the proceeds from this sale help to support our Mission and Service commitment to the United Church of Canada.
Two Countries One World is a multi-church program aimed at youth. It gives young people an opportunity to travel with other young people and leaders to a developing country to learn more about our world.