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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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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The Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre will be holding their AGM on February 29th at 7:00 PM in the outreach centre. We will be holding an election of directors and providing activity reports, along with our Financial Picture. Guest speaker will be Ken Kavanaugh on the subject of organizational development and the upcoming workshop.The meeting is open to the general public and of keen interest and those interested in volunteerism and community supports. For more information please call the JP Centre at 726-8781. ... See MoreSee Less
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A repost from Barry Fordham - StHNL:We, Sharing the Harvest NL, StHNL, received a request a couple of weeks ago from George Parsons, Programs Coordinator with the Jimmy Pratt Outreach Center located in the George Street United Church in St. John’s. They operate a “soup kitchen” that benefits and feeds their clientele. I know because I worked there for a couple of years.George informed us that they were not successful in obtaining a not for profit (charity) moose license this year. The kitchen depends heavily upon securing a supply of moose, not only for meals but saving on the expense of buying beef.One of the conservation groups that we work with, and I am the cofounding president, is the St. John’s Long Beards, the first chapter of the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation, CWTF in NL.One of the group’s designated hunters, Mark Froggatt, successfully harvested a moose for the Long Beards, who in turn, donated the moose to StHNL.It was a no brainer for us. We contacted George and told him the good news. The Jimmy Pratt Outreach Center received the moose. We hope that this makes a difference, actually we know that it will. ... See MoreSee Less
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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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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.