CWOP (Caribbean Workers Outreach Program)
Every spring hundreds of workers leave their families in Jamaica and come to Norfolk County to provide much-needed labour on our farms. Crops such as apples, peaches, tobacco, celery, onions and strawberries require planting, weeding, pruning and harvesting. Many workers stay six or more months. The money that they send home to their families makes a difference. (housing and education)
Many years ago, St. James realized that there was a need for these workers to have spiritual support, and who better than someone from their own country. St. James, with support from the United Church of Canada, formed a group called the CWOP, (Caribbean Workers Outreach Program), which includes members from other area churches. CWOP plans a program and brings a minister from Jamaica for 6 to 8 weeks. These ministers visit the men at the farms in the evening, as well as providing Sunday night services at St. James. Workers as well as members of our local churches attend. Refreshments after the service bring everyone together.
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