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.
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.
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
"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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