Friday March 16, 2012

Federal Gov't News

Inspiring Social Responsibility

MP Strahl takes Ruth & Naomi's message to Ottawa

Released by Robert Pearsal, Asst. to MP Mark Strahl/Voice file photos


MP Mark Strahl chats with Chilliwack councillor Chuck Stam on opening day of Ruth and Naomi's shelter.


hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, stood in the House of Commons today to celebrate the grand opening of Ruth and Naomi's Mission.


"Mr. Speaker, last month, I was pleased to join over 400 people at the grand opening of the new Ruth and Naomi's Mission building in Chilliwack.

"Ruth and Naomi's Mission got started eight years ago, when Ann and Ted Stoker felt called to reach out and help the homeless, and others struggling to makes ends meet.

"They wanted to address their physical and spiritual needs by providing them with a warm meal, a safe place to sleep and to show them that they had value as individuals.

"After outgrowing their temporary facilities, Ann and Ted and many others took action. They didn't start writing grant applications. They didn't look for a handout from government. They brought people together from dozens of local churches and businesses, raised money, found volunteers and overcame the various obstacles that they encountered along the way. The result is a beautiful new facility that will serve our community for years to come.

"Congratulations to everyone who played a part in making this dream a reality. May God richly bless you and those whom you serve."


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