In the Spring of 1988, Rev Carlos Lantis, at a Sunday morning service, announced that, at a meeting of the Christian Fellowships in the city, a program was being developed for a Homeless Shelter for Families with Children. Calvary was asked to provide a volunteer to represent the church on the project. Ray Strakosch offered to do that and Calvary has been active ever since. Fund raising programs, like the Walk for Life, helped generate the $3 million dollar budget to get the former Nurses residence of St Luke’s Hospital converted to a homeless residence with 16 apartments, offices for staff and a child care center. The project Opened in January of 1993 and has been in full operation since. to date it has served over 900 families with a success rate of over 85%. Calvary currently hosts the annual Project Life Christmas party, where all of the staff, residents and children enjoy a dinner, meet Santa Claus and the ability for them to select and wrap presents for them to select and wrap presents for all members of the family . The first 4-5 rows of the sanctuary are filled with presents for the children and parents to select and wrap with the assistance of volunteers from our church and Cornwall Presbyterian Church. Calvary also participates in the Back to School backpack program proving the school age children at the project with all of the supplies needed for their school year.
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