A Little Bit About Us

Who are we?

The Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre Inc. is a provincially incorporated not-for-profit organization and is a registered charity through the Canada Revenue Agency. We have an active Board of Directors and our day to day operations are managed entirely by volunteers.

Our Beginnings

The Soup Kitchen, located on the lower level of George Street United Church, opened at the Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre with financial support from Kathleen Pratt Legrow. Since its inception in January 2002 the Centre has served over 120,000 meals.

Addressing the Need

Thanks to the patronage of our corporate sponsors, fundraising efforts, our volunteers, and government program support, the Jimmy Pratt Centre offers three main programs:

  • The Cenovus Breakfast Program  provides a “hot breakfast” every Monday morning from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Our Seniors’ Inclusion Program every Wednesday which offers seniors a fitness program, a meal, and some social time at 11 AM
  • Our signature Friday Soup Kitchen which provides a hot lunch every Friday and runs from 10:30 AM to 12 PM.

Other Programs

As part of our regular supports we continue to offer a Computer Access Program based on information gathered in a comprehensive needs analysis. Many patrons suggested that this service would be a valuable addition by providing Internet access for job searching and communication utilizing email.

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Meals Served Weekly
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The Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre is an incorporated body and registered charity dedicated to the support of individuals needing help to manage the challenges of everyday life. We are committed to realistic values. You can read more about our vision and mission here.

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One of the major keys to the successful operations and programming at the Jimmy Pratt Centre continues to be our sponsors. Volunteers that originate from these sponsors work at the Centre on a weekly basis and form the nucleus of our overall volunteer program operations and management.

That is not to say that that we are not in need of financial support, far from it, our sponsors provide both. They offer volunteers and considerable funds to ensure that the Centre can meet the various goals and objectives that continue to provide the formula for success.

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From Facebook

What We Do Video!During February our Centre was fortunate to have a free Community Service video aired on NTV randomly for the entire month of February. While these promos were only 15 seconds, they are proving to be a powerful media tool and we have had a tremendous response. We invite you to view this video and see for yourself the fantastic work carried out by our volunteers in support of the vulnerable population in the downtown core of the greater St. John’s area.If you would like to help by becoming a volunteer or making a donation of products such as gloves, hats, or socks or, a small financial donation we would greatly appreciate your support.www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMjCV7Ex3x4www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK5ZmuXYxeA ... See MoreSee Less
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The board, volunteers and patrons gratefully were presented with a cheque for $10,000.00 from the A. Harvey Group of companies on Friday December the 17th, 2021 to assist in the continuation of its programming for those residents of the greater St John’s region facing difficult challenges to everyday life. Shown in the picture from left to right are Blake Cryderman (JP Team Leader), Lori Janes (Browning Harvey Ltd.), Annette Woodfine (Browning Harvey Ltd.), and Anne Marche (JP Board Chair). ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to the latest spike in new Covid cases, the 15th Annual Holiday Wassail concerts have been canceled. Both shows were scheduled for this Sunday, December 19th. Refunds will be issued. For further information call the Folk Arts Council, John Clarke, at 697-5755. ... See MoreSee Less
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Christmas Vegetable HampersThe Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre and George St Church are once again this year, offering fresh, local, Vegetable Hampers at Christmas time.Hampers include 13 pounds of locally grown vegetables including Potatoes. Cabbage, Carrots and Turnip.Pick-up dates are set for December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. at a cost of just $20.00 ea. and would make a wonderful gift for friends and family at Christmas.To place your order please contact:George Parsons – 685-0066 or The Church Office – 726-8775There will be ticket prize draws for sellers and purchasers.One Hamper, 1 ticket - Each 5 hampers 1 extra ticket ... See MoreSee Less
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From Twitter

Our regular Friday soup kitchen was non-stop last week
as our Mac 'N Cheese and Moose Soup is always a crowd pleaser. 79 patrons were served.


Labour Days are busy too at our soup kitchen! We don’t take a break on Labour Day... our Cenovus Breakfast Program is as busy as ever. 60 patrons were served breakfast.

Members of our program may particiapte free of charge, but if any members would like to bring a friend, we ask that they pay $50.00 to help offset the cost of food and transportation.
We look forward to seeing you! (3/3)

The morning schedule includes fitness activites and games. A lunch will be provided, and followed by an afternoon of entertainment provided by Brian Finn, and then card games. (2/3)

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Your generosity enables the Centre to deliver much needed services to the community facing hurdles and barriers to everyday life. Please consider making an online donation or contact our office to learn more about options in support of the many services offered at the Centre.