The Mus­tard Seed: grow­ing hope in Medicine Hat

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The Mus­tard Seed part­ners with two lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to serve those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing poverty.

The Mus­tard Seed is pleased to an­nounce its part­ner­ship with povertyal­le­vi­a­tion agency, the Cham­pion Cen­tre, as well as River Val­ley Com­mu­nity Church’s Oa­sis Café, and is bring­ing its ser­vices to Medicine Hat this Septem­ber.

Com­ing to­gether with the two lo­cal agency’s to cre­ate what will now be known as The Mus­tard Seed Medicine Hat, the or­ga­ni­za­tion hopes to build on the good work al­ready be­ing done to help those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing poverty and home­less­ness in the com­mu­nity.

“Both the Cham­pion Cen­tre and Oa­sis Café have been piv­otal sup­ports for in­di­vid­u­als fac­ing poverty in Medicine Hat,” says Stephen Wile, The Mus­tard Seed CEO. “We are blessed to con­tinue this min­istry as part­ners and look for­ward to a fu­ture full of op­por­tu­nity.”

The Mus­tard Seed is a Chris­tian non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been car­ing for men, women, and chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing poverty and home­less­ness since 1984. The Mus­tard Seed pro­vides a safe haven where we sup­port the whole per­son through de­liv­er­ing ba­sic ser­vices, hous­ing, well­ness ser­vices, em­ploy­ment pro­grams, and part­ner with the com­mu­nity to ad­dress the root causes of poverty. Bring­ing 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence to Medicine Hat, The Mus­tard Seed looks to pro­vide in­di­vid­u­als with ac­cess to much needed re­sources such as em­ploy­ment pro­gram­ming, health and well­ness ser­vices, as well as ad­vo­cacy and hous­ing sup­ports.

“River Val­ley Com­mu­nity Church is thrilled to en­ter a min­istry re­la­tion­ship with The Mus­tard Seed,” says Larry Enslen, the church’s Lead Pas­tor. “We’ve be­lieved that out­reach to our com­mu­nity of Medicine Hat should in­crease and be more ef­fec­tive, but we’ve lacked the ex­per­tise and re­sources The Mus­tard Seed will bring to our city.”

To cel­e­brate its ar­rival in Medicine Hat, The Mus­tard Seed is host­ing an open house event on Mon­day, Septem­ber 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. at River Val­ley Com­mu­nity Church Al­lowance Cam­pus (503A Al­lowance Av­enue). The pub­lic is in­vited to come and en­joy light re­fresh­ments while learn­ing more about the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the changes it will bring to the com­mu­nity. For more in­for­ma­tion see: the­seed.ca

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