The Kingston Street Mission is excited to announce that our drop-in centre is open at our new location 218 Concession St. Our drop-in centre is open nightly from 8pm-11:30pm with beverages, hot food, clothing, etc. available.
*Negative Covid-19 rapid test must be completed at the door prior to entry.
Our Mission is to bring visibility to those feeling invisible, hope to the hopeless, unconditional love without judgement encompassed in compassion and humility.
Established in 1998 and formerly known as the Kingston Street Truck Mission, the Mission originated through the work of church groups, and with the donation of a truck by an anonymous Kingston Police officer who saw a need in the community. Parked beside St. Andrews church, downtown Kingston, the truck opened nightly in the cold months of the year to offer a warm place, friendship, refreshments, emergency clothing, blankets, etc. In approximately 2012, due to growth of the service and mechanical problems with the truck, the Kingston Street Truck Mission moved into Gill Hall in St. Andrews Presbyterian church and became what is known today as Kingston Street Mission.
Kingston Street Mission remains a non-profit, donation-based, and volunteer-run organization, open during the cold months each year. At Kingston Street Mission, it is our belief that everyone should be treated equally, and with kindness and love. We continue to offer a safe haven out of the cold, refreshments, friendship, and no-cost access to clothing, blankets, toiletries, and more. A minimum of 3 volunteers are on site each night, with Covid-19 safety protocols implemented.
Often, outside of mission hours volunteers may be seen on their own time, on the
streets downtown offering blankets, clothing, toiletries, and other items based on need, engaging in conversation, handing out Bibles and more. Volunteers may also assist guests of the Mission with obtaining help in crisis, as well as attending appointments (assistance outside of Mission hours is at the volunteers' choice and discretion).
The Mission also holds events throughout the year such as opening- and
closing-of-season BBQs, and music nights with local musicians who volunteer their
time. Additionally, one night each year a birthday celebration is held with cake, ice
cream and decorations, to ensure each guests' birthday is celebrated within the year.
Volunteer with us!
We are always looking for more volunteers! By volunteering you will be making a difference in the community and positively impacting peoples' lives. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our drop-in centre, please contact us for more information.