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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.

Items Needed for Bridging the Gap Program - Welcoming Arms

The Welcoming Arms Bridging the Gap program provides support to low-income/marginalized residents of Aurora. We provide support to over 150 families in Aurora on a monthly basis, which includes toiletries such as:

• Shampoo/Conditioner

• Dish Soap

• Kleenex

• Paper towel

• Liquid Hand Soap

• Deodorant

• Liquid laundry detergent

• Cleaning products (like Vim, toilet bowl cleaner, dish detergent)

We'd be deeply grateful for any donation you would like to make! Items can be dropped off at 44 Metcalfe Street Monday-Friday between 9 and 4pm. Welcoming Arms loves and serves the low-income community of Aurora through various weekly programs, one of which is Bridging the Gap (BTG).

Outreach Ministry Opportunity – Welcoming Arms

BTG provides a safe and informal setting for our visitors to meet on a one-on-one basis with a volunteer, offering opportunities to share their successes and challenges. On a practical basis, we provide grocery gift cards, transit tickets, toiletries and Clothes Closet vouchers.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our team in the Bridging the Gap program.

We are looking for individuals with Administrative and/or Counseling skills.

For more information on the program please check out:


Interested individuals can email welcomingarms@live.ca

Subject line: “Church Name – Volunteer Interest”





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…
• Donate toiletries such as Kleenex, paper towel, toilet tissue, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/brushes, and diapers to be collected weekly to stock the shelves at Welcoming Arms.
• During the 6 Sundays of Lent there will be baskets in the entranceway and in which you can place your donations. These will be part of our offerings each Sunday.
• Consider giving up coffee and using the money saved for toiletries.
• Have your child contribute a portion of their weekly allowance.
• Make this a Family Project!

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.”

Working in partnership with six other Aurora congregations, AUC provides volunteers and financial support for those in need in Aurora. It’s a place of comfort, friendship and hope. Donations can be placed in the Welcoming Arms donation basket in the Trinity Narthex. Thank you for your help.


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