Support for SARA for Women was given by St. Matthew Anglican Church. The congregation of the church was asked to donate their loose change weekly during March and April. This collection of coins ended up weighing nearly twenty-five pounds! When counted the offering came to $519.05. SARA was presented with a check.
The work of SARA for Women in Abbotsford and Mission is based on the acronym that stands for: S= Support; A= Acceptance; R= Resources; A= Action. These four words are the guidelines of the services given by the organization. The work is for the safety and security, the support and guidance, needed by women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Emergency shelter is available every day and night. Counsellors and Advocates are ready to work with women in need of psychological and legal care. This part of the Fraser Valley has this safety net in place because people do care.
The Anglican Church Women (ACW) of the St. Matthew parish were given a presentation by Kathy Moodie on the work of SARA for Women at the February meeting. This led to the congregation being asked to bring in their coins during Lent (Five weeks in March and April). On Sunday, 7 May 2023 at the Parish Worship Service, Moodie was presented with the check for the work of SARA for Women. Parishioners are grateful that the organization exists and that they could make a small gift of appreciation to the need for women in crisis. Even small coins help.
The Rev. Art Turnbull. 604-850-8782
Social Justice Spokesperson for St. Matthew Parish