QUEEN’S PARK – Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, spoke today to tell the Ontario Legislature about the plight of the Table Soup Kitchen’s Men’s Shelter in Huntsville and to encourage residents to give locally and support charities like the Table Soup Kitchen Foundation.
Mr. Norm Miller: During the Christmas season, many of us give to those less fortunate. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about the Table Soup Kitchen Foundation in Huntsville which operates a soup kitchen, food bank, exchange store and the only men’s shelter in Parry Sound–Muskoka.
While all of these services are very important, today I want to focus on the shelter. It opened one year ago this month, but its future is already in jeopardy. The shelter is funded exclusively by donations and, right now, they are facing a decision about whether they can afford to stay open after December 31. It is a small shelter with eight beds but, as I said, it is the only shelter for homeless men in the area.
Over the past year, the shelter has hosted 80 men. It offers not only a warm place to sleep, but meals, access to laundry facilities and a sense of community to the men who stay there. The shelter opens daily at 6 p.m. and the men are required to leave by 8 a. m. The foundation would love to be able to offer day programs but right now they’re focused on keeping the doors open.
Many local businesses support this shelter. I want to recognize that just last week the Huntsville Canadian Tire store donated $10,000 to the Table Soup Kitchen. To donate to help save the men’s shelter, visit www.thetablefoundation.ca
I want to encourage everyone to not only shop locally this holiday season, but to give locally and support important local charities like the Table Soup Kitchen Foundation.