The Rev. Maggie Helwig is an author and human rights activist. She received a Master of Divinity (Hons) from the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College in 2011, and was ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada in the same year, and priested in 2012.
“I’m the priest of a small Anglican church in downtown Toronto, and although our worship services are suspended, we are continuing our already-active street outreach programming. We run a drop-in on Friday nights, and breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, and we also have a group which cooks for the Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site. It’s been a challenge adapting our programmes to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know that, even running them as safely as we can, it’s not without risk. But people living on the street, whose lives are in ongoing crisis anyway, have now lost almost all the supports on which they depended, and we felt it was crucial to keep things going here.”
Submitted by Maggie Helwig