The Church of St. Jude sits on the busy intersection of Fanshawe and Adelaide in northeast London. Since 1953, this energetic parish in North London has been faithfully committed to serving its community.
On St. Jude’s Day, October 30, LUSO Community Services surprised and thrilled our congregation by awarding us their Community Award for 2022.
LUSO is a multicultural neighbourhood resource centre that provides necessities and support to those in crisis, especially low-income families, single parents, and newcomers to the area. In addition, LUSO offers breakfast to children during school holidays, and activities to build numeracy and literacy skills.
For several years, the Church of Saint Jude has been a strong partner with LUSO, hosting a monthly mobile food bank, as well as sitting on their strategic Working Group. Throughout 2022, St. Jude’s has provided rent-free space in the church building for LUSO’s Business Office, and for group activities. With this vital support, families in Northeast London have been connected with volunteer and youth empowerment opportunities.
In addition to serving their neighbours through LUSO, the Outreach Committee of St Jude has organized a Saturday community breakfast program for 4 years serving 60 to 70 people twice a month. A low-cost used clothing shop operates out of the church hall and is used by many in the neighbourhood.