Mission Services wants to bring the Hamilton community back to 1956, when it first opened it’s doors.
Executive Director Paddy Bowen says Enos Bearinger’s mission started small, like a mustard seed.
“He was in the downtown core and saw all the indigent men with no where to go coming off the ships in the port”
“He decided he needed to help and so he sold his farm.”
Since that time the organization has grown substantially.
Part of this has been to better address the complexities homelessness following the closure of many institutions according to Bowen.
“We saw this across North America, across Europe”
“Suddenly in city streets…they weren’t just homeless for a short period of time, you had people living with very serious mental illness.”
Mission Services will marking its 60th anniversary and commitment to the community with a sock hop fundraiser that will bring city back to 1956.
It takes place June 25th, tickets are 60 dollars with all proceeds going to youth programming.