The Kingston Street Mission follows, as a mission statement, the Bible verse Matthew 25:34-40:
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me..."
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 2013, 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 the Kingston Street Mission.
The Kingston Street Mission remains a non-profit, donation-based, and volunteer-run organization, open Oct-April each year. At the 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, blanket, toiletries, etc. A minimum of 3 volunteers are on site each night.
Often, outside of mission hours volunteers may be seen on their own time, on the
streets downtown offering clothing, blankets, etc. to individuals, engaging in
conversation, handing out Bibles. 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.