Dear Friends,
Our community meals and group activities at Sanctuary have been closed a long time. Our staff team have felt the pain of the closure and we know that many of you have felt it too. Thank you for your patience during this time.

As indicated in previous communications, the Sanctuary staff had several long days of meetings during which we were addressing issues connected to the sustainability of Sanctuary for the long term. We are pleased to report that those meetings feel like they were helpful for us and we’re eager to reopen.You may be wondering what kinds of decisions were made that will affect how you will experience the community of Sanctuary. Here are a few of the key changes which will begin effective Tuesday, August 8th:

Weekly Group Activities
Women’s Gathering – Monday afternoons from 2:00 – 5:00, upstairs in the auditorium. Studio Sanctuary (Art Time) – Monday afternoons from 1:30 – 4:30, downstairs as before.
Community Lunch – Tuesdays from 10:30 – 3:00. This is replacing the Wednesday Community Lunch. This means that our basic weekly schedule looks like this:

Sunday
5:00pm – 7:30pm Community Time for Worship

Monday
1:30pm – 4:30pm Studio Sanctuary downstairs
2:00pm – 5:00pm Women’s Gathering upstairs

Tuesday
10:30am – 3:00pm Community Lunch

Thursday
4:30pm – 9:00pm Community Dinner

Responding to Violence
For some time now, we have been experiencing regular and even escalating violence. As a community, we want the environment and time that we share together to be safe and respectful for everyone.  We want to be more proactive in creating a place of greater safety. Some changes that you should see include lower tolerance for violent acts, increased responsiveness to victims of violence and increased staff presence during drop-ins.

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We recognize that there will still be challenges for us as we re-open. We can’t pretend that we have got it all figured out now and everything will go smoothly. But we are hopeful that these changes will help to make things more safe and sustainable for this community that we love.

If you would like to discuss any of these changes with us, please feel free to approach any one of us when we reopen and we will be glad to talk with you. In a few weeks, we will also have a time for community to join in a Conversation Circle to discuss these changes.  We will make announcements of the time/date when that will happen, and we invite you to come to that if that would be helpful for you.

Thanks once more for your understanding of this situation and for being part of the  Sanctuary community. We look forward to seeing you again, beginning August 8th!

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