Teens find home in former rectory
A former rectory in the Salt Spring Island, B.C., parish has been given new life as a group home for local teenagers.
The idea came from Anglican parishioners who approached the local community services department in 1995 with plans to broaden their church’s outreach program. Funding for a co-ordinator and to run the program came from the provincial Ministry for Children and Families.
The teens will have to go to school or work, share chores and pay about $350 a month in rent. Alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited. The youths will have to be considered “at risk” to themselves (not the public) in some way in order to gain admission to the home. Diocesan Post
Retired priest beats Burning Foot walk
A 76-year-old retired Anglican priest has completed his ninth consecutive walk in what some call North America’s toughest pledge trek.
Rev. Jim Veitch completed the Vancouver Island walk of 63.5 kilometres over a gravel logging road, better known as Burning Foot Country. Of the 742 people who registered for the June event, 673 started it and 544 completed it.
Pledge money is raised for designated charities and the St. Saviours Pro Cathedral in Nelson. Mr. Veitch says he has always enjoyed the challenge of the walk. He holds a number of trophies for being the oldest person to finish. High-Way