St Simon's supports:
The Church of St Simon-the-Apostle supports a number of Community Outreach iniatives including:
A few years ago, some of the churches and organizations in this neighbourhood started meeting to talk about ways we could work together to help the community.
In September 2010, the After-School Program was launched by City Hope, St Andrew’s United Church, Rosedale Presbyterian Church and St Simon’s. Featuring homework help from trained volunteers (retired teachers and senior students), and an opportunity to take part in the Reaching Out Through Music Program and other arts and recreational activities, the program runs out of St Simon’s after school every school day.
Some of the funds raised by St Simon’s through the Our Faith, Our Hope campaign supports this program.
St Simon's Shelter began in 1989 as a one night a week program operated and funded by the Church of St Simon-the-Apostle and staffed by church volunteers from St Simon's and other churches and synagogues.
In 1990 the program began operating, again one night a week, as the first Out of the Cold shelter. In 2000 the City of Toronto negotiated with the Church to make the operation a seven days a week, 16 hours a day program under the auspices of Out of the Cold and renovations began in 2001 to accommodate this program. For year 2002 the Shelter operated under the name of Homeless Support Services Inc.
In August 2003 the City approached the Church to assume financial and operation responsibility for the program. As such the Shelter commenced operation on September 1st 2003 as an agency within the Church of St Simon-the-Apostle.
On September 16, 2004 the Shelter was incorporated as an organization without share capital under the laws of Ontario.
St Simon's Shelter provides emergency accommodation, food, residential support services, personal needs allowance, in-kind services and other community services as needed.
The Church of St Simon-the-Apostle supports St Simon's Shelter in a number of ways including hosting the residents Christmas dinner and contributing to Christmas resident backpacks.
For more information on St Simon's Shelter visit their website at stsimonsshelter.ca
St Simon's supports the annual FaithWorks appeal of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. Since 1996 FaithWorks has provided more than $24 million to non-profit groups offering help and hope to those in need throughout south-central Ontario and around the world. For more information on Faithworks visit their website at www.toronto.anglican.ca/about-the-diocese/annual-and-legacy-giving/faithworks/community-ministries-and-partners
Food donations are given to St James Town Food Bank.