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Welcoming Arms September, 2019 Newsletter


Announcing New Welcoming Arms Executive Director

We are very pleased to announce that Bonnie Thamm Evans will be joining us as our Executive Director on Monday, June 10, 2019. Bonnie Thamm Evans is a registered nurse who has previously worked in the not-for-profit sector as well as with York Region Public Health. Most recently, she has worked with Youth for Christ at The Shop in Newmarket. Bonnie brings experience, knowledge and skills to fulfill the Executive Director responsibilities. Bonnie lives with her family in Aurora and attends Aurora Cornerstone Church.
Please join us in welcoming her to the Welcoming Arms team!   


Welcoming Arms Promotional Videos

View the first video in a series promoting the ministry of Welcoming Arms. The first video is called Jack and Ruth.



Our Vision.....



Welcoming Arms started operation in October 2006. The concept originated through discussions between a number of the churches in Aurora as they looked at the needs of low income families in the town. Families and individuals were coming to the churches looking for financial assistance to help get them through the month. Typically these people were either unemployed, or on government assistance through Ontario Works or Disability programs. 

The view of the church leaders was that the community could be better served if the churches’ resources were pooled somehow, in this way there could be more leverage gained from the financial and human resources of the churches. From these discussions Welcoming Arms was born.

Who We Are:

  • Aurora United Church  
  • Aurora Cornerstone Church  
  • The Campus Church
  • The Campus Church - Bayview 
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church                    
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  • Trinity Anglican Church

Sudden illness can profoundly affect a person’s ability to earn a living, many who become ill are laid off, or forced to quit work because of the effects of treatment, leaving a family without food and necessities of life. 14% of seniors who live alone are living in poverty. Many of these people come to Welcoming Arms for assistance, food vouchers, YRT tickets, toiletries and a listening ear. Aurora United Church is in partnership with 5 other churches in supporting W.A., through financial assistance, volunteers, and providing toiletries each week.

How Can You Help…

Immediate need for toiletries/household supplies!

Welcoming Arms is a registered charity in Aurora, serving those in need in our community: AUC and six other Aurora churches help support WA programs, to coordinate our benevolence efforts.  The “Bridging the Gap” program offers monthly access to grocery gift cards, transit tickets and toiletries/household supplies, to help visitors who are struggling to make ends meet.   Please consider donating the following by dropping off at the AUC Church Office, bring them to church on Sunday morning or directly at 44 Metcalfe St, Aurora, M-F from 11am-3pm or W from 6:30-8:30pm:  

*Toilet paper 

*Dish soap

*Laundry detergent 

*Body wash 



*Facial tissues 

*Don’t have time to buy or drop off items? 

Have the shopping done for you, by donating:

1) Via cash or cheque to “Welcoming Arms” – 44 Metcalfe St, Aurora, ON L4G 1E6

2) Via e-transfer to welcomingarms@live.ca

3) At www.welcomingarms.ca/donate 

***If you know of someone who could use extra financial, emotional and spiritual support, please link them with Welcoming Arms atwww.welcomingarms.ca or by calling 905-726-1483 

For the latest on how your donations are helping our community, follow us on Facebook and Instagram! https://www.facebook.com/welcomingarms/https://www.instagram.com/welcomingarms_/  - be sure to include the underscore “_” at the end, if searching on your mobile    

Show God’s love by volunteering in our community! 

Welcome Table, Wednesday afternoon/evening - 1x/month, at Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria St, Aurora

Chefs and sous-chefs: enjoy finding creative ways to stretch our food budget; budget cooking and prepping delicious food (with love!); will learn alongside our terrific chefs - available Wed 1pm-6pm

-Dishwashers: strong superheroes who can lift heavy trays of plates and love being part of a fun team; on-the-job training provided - available Wed from 5-7pm

Friends: enjoy listening and caring for people who may be struggling; welcome guests, help those with young children, deliver food plates to guests with mobility issues, keep a watchful eye to support security and hosts to maintain a safe space for all - available Wed from 5-7pm (mandatory interview, then training session on Sept 25 from 6:45-7:30pm)

Security: supervise common areas for potential safety issues and conflicts; confident to calmly step in and bring conflicts to resolution, escort guests out if needed (training provided) - available Wed from 4:30-7:30pm

Martha's Table, Thursday morning/early afternoon - 1-4x/mo, at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 32 Mosley St, Aurora

Multi-talented team members: Stay the whole time or pick a shift to help get soups reheated, make sandwiches, cut fruit, set out food; welcome and serve guests; help clean up, tear down.Shifts can be 8:30am-2:30pm; 8:30am-10:30am, 11am-1pm; 1-2pm 

SOUP-chefs: Have experience and skill in making a mouth-watering, large-quantity soup once a week.  (Prep in advance and arrange to put in the church fridge or freezer, for reheating.)      

Thank you again for your partnership - as we share Jesus’ love and serve as his hands and feet in our community. 



Bonnie Thamm Evans

Executive Director, Welcoming Arms

44 Metcalfe Street, Aurora, ON  L4G 1E6

T: 905.726.1483  www.welcomingarms.ca 

Collectively we can make a difference in someone’s life!

Mission Statement…
“Welcoming Arms believes in the inherent dignity of all people. Reflecting Christ’s love, we seek to help Aurora residents in need to experience a fuller participation in society by providing social, economic and spiritual support.”


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