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Streets Alive Mission

OFFICE Address:
323 – 4th St. S.
Lethbridge, AB  T1J 1Z9

Phone: (403) 320-1159
E-mail: info@streetsalive.ca

 

RePurpose Donation Centre (Warehouse) Address:
219 12’B’ Street North
(back alley)
Lethbridge, AB

Regular Hours

OFFICE Drop-Off Times:
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm,
Back Door (ring buzzer).

**Closed Tuesday afternoons.**

OFFICE Client Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm,
closed for lunch, front door.

**Closed Tuesday afternoons.**

 

RePURPOSE DONATION CENTRE HOURS:
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm,
Closed for lunch.
**Closed Tuesday afternoons.**
Saturday 9am-12noon.
Back Alley.

Please help us to be a positive influence in the community by dropping off items ONLY when the Donation Centre is open.

 


Foot Fridays

Friday nights – 6:30-8:00pm.
Enter through the front door of the Mission.
The Outreach Team will transport people to the Mission if needed.
If you have any questions, please phone the office at

403-320-1159


Inner Works

Sunday Services at the Mission
{NOTE: Services will only be available ONLINE during the COVID-19 Restrictions}
Service: 11am – watch on our Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/StreetsAlive 

 

Executive Leadership Team
Ken Kissick, CFRE

Hi, I’m Ken.  My wife, Julie, & I are the Founders of Streets Alive Mission. Around the Mission they call me “Pastor Ken”.

I followed Julie to the work of the Mission, and for me it began by driving the bus bringing people from downtown Lethbridge to Victory Church before the Mission got its own building.

Looking back now, we can easily see how this was God’s call in our lives.

My work currently includes public & donor relations, and bringing awareness of the Mission’s cause to the community. It is a joy to be engaging more and more people each year in the work of bringing hope to the hopeless.  The most important part of my role here is to have faith and never give up.

My passion for helping people find hope and then to release them into their destiny couples perfectly with the overall work of Streets Alive Mission.

Some of my memorable accomplishments include:

  • Founding Streets Alive Mission in 1992
  • Established Lethbridge’s first Emergency Shelter/Drop-in
  • Established Lethbridge’s first Men’s Only transitional Housing Program – now operating as Parkside Home
  • Established and operated a 400 kid per week outreach
  • Queen’s Jubilee Medal Recipient (2013)
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
  • Past-President of the Southern Alberta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Addictions Studies Certificate from Mount Royal University
  • Part of the original leadership of what became The Miracle Channel
  • Member of the original leadership team that established Victory Churches International.

What a joy to be involved in such amazing endeavours!

However, my most important accomplishments have to be my marriage to Julie for 45 years now, and helping to raise 3 great kids (now all adults).

Personally speaking, I’m an avid fan of the Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL hockey team, and I enjoy playing Bridge. In my spare time (WHAT IS SPARE TIME???) I enjoy golfing, gardening with Julie, spending time with my grandkids, and watching romantic comedy movies. I love liver and onions, driving school bus, and road trips to the mountains. Waterton Park is a frequent destination, and Ainsworth Hot Springs is my happiest place to be (aside from my home with Julie).

For me, hope comes from little things that God does everyday to make me aware of His Presence in my life, and there are MANY of those things.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

~Galatians 2:20

Julie Kissick

Hi, I’m Julie. I’m the Co-Founder of Streets Alive Mission.

Depending on who is talking to me, I’m also known as Pastor Julie, Boss Lady, Mom, and Wife.

As director of the women’s ministries, and pastor for the Mission, I believe heart ministry is the most important thing I do. Loving people is the primary thing for me.

I’m also the visionary at the Mission. I still carry a lot of vision for the ministries here even after 30+years, and especially for the work I hope to do with women.

Streets Alive all together is an accomplishment that I feel God had me do. I remember when He told me to start the church, the mobile feeding program, Foot Friday, women’s housing, the ASK Learning Centre. I think my greatest accomplishment with the Mission is the grace to be obedient to do what He said.

The Mission was born out of my own mission trip to Mexico where God broke my heart for poor and disenfranchised people. Shortly after, I was asked to drive the bus picking up people for a downtown service in Lethbridge which was just starting, and I was hooked! I am right where God has called me to be, fulfilling the purpose He has set out for me.

If you ever talk to me for any length of time, you’ll discover that I’m quite passionate about two things in particular:

  • ministering to broken people, especially women, and
  • giving people an opportunity to get to know, and get over their fear of, the community of addicted and broken people in our city.

The Mission is a big part of my life, but truly the most important things I have accomplished have been a long and happy marriage with Ken, the raising of our 3 children, and after that to be “Mom” to the streets.

Both Ken and I received the Queen’s Jubilee Award in 2013 for the social work we are doing in Lethbridge. I also have my Addictions Certificate from Mount Royal University.

I speak all over the place at women’s conferences like in Texas, England, Philippines, Thailand, and India, as well as in B.C. Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. No matter how far I travel, my happiest place is still at Streets Alive Mission.

Personally speaking, I love to knit scarves for my friends when it gets cold in the winter, but I also have a glass studio where I make glass beads. The studio has 3 torches so I can teach others to play with fire. It’s amazingly very fun, and very relaxing (after I got over the fear of hot molten stuff)!

Another favourite pastime of mine is gardening. I love my flowers! They speak to me of creation and life.

What can I say, I also love dogs. I just can’t help myself! They help me find calm in the middle of the chaos of ministry. Always happy to see me, always showing unconditional love, just like God.

When I die, I want my headstone to say, “Julie loved God and loved people.”

What a privilege it is to work with broken people. It is an honour to serve them, and find that we are all the same under our skin.

Something which gives me hope, which we see at the Mission more often than you might expect, is when a life that was broken is now turning around and finding their destiny in Christ. The people I see daily through the Mission really do inspire me!

 

Cam Kissick

Hi, I’m Cam. I’m a Director here at Streets Alive Mission. I am responsible for staffing, programs, building maintenance, etc. The most important things I do are running the facility and all programs within. I’m in charge of basically anything and everything related to the “people” side of the mission.

I have always known more than most when it comes to Streets Alive due to the relationship with my parents, who are the co-founders. I worked for the organization for 3 years, from 99-02. Over the last 5 years or so, I have had a pull in my heart to get back to making a difference in the lives of those within the Mission.

I am a CPI certified instructor on non-violent crisis intervention, as well as a Red Seal ticketed journeyman in the trades. I ran my own company for over a decade. But my most important accomplishment would be my beautiful daughter Isabella.

I have a wide range of passions, but most of all it’s family. They are my passion and my hope.  To see what my parents have been able to achieve, and look into the potential in my daughter’s eyes, has me smiling ear to ear.

My favourite winter activity is hockey. I’m a proud season ticket holder with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and a die-hard Oilers fan. I also play rec hockey around the city.

Truth be told, I can be a bit of a shut in with my X-Box when it gets too cold outside. Games-wise I am a FPS guy. I have some friends I never see and we all seem to get together (online at least) come Oct-March for Call of Duty. We are not good at it, but we get to hang out and catch up with each other while we get destroyed by other much better players.

In the summer, I play a lot of golf and softball. I sit on the board of directors for Lethbridge Mixed SlowPitch Association.

I’d have to say that I am a Marvel guy when it comes to Superheroes. Spiderman probably my favorite, and a close second would be Batman from the DC universe.

As for quirks… My wife says I have the uncanny ability to always get my dishes to the sink, yet be completely oblivious to the dishwasher a foot away. I also have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is; Gardens are not my friends. Thankfully there’s no gardening involved in what I do at the Mission!

Jennifer Lepko

Hi! I’m Jennifer and I’m the Director of Fund Development here at Streets Alive Mission!

My job is to make connections with people, build partnerships, and seek out funds to support the amazing work of Streets Alive Mission.

I am  passionate about people and advocating and supporting vulnerable populations, especially empowering women, and the fight against sexual and domestic violence.

My family is also something I’m extremely passionate about. I’m blessed to have amazing parents, brother, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. I have a remarkable husband who truly completes me, and three incredible children (Journee, Kariya and Jayger).

As cliché as it might sound, I really do believe that my most important accomplishment is being a Mom.

Over the course of my career life in non-profit work, I have obtained many diplomas, certifications, and completed hundreds (thousands?) of hours in training and courses, in pursuit of more and better methods of helping people.  I love continuing education and learning. I believe education, in all aspects, can help bring perspective. I enjoy providing training and presentations as well as curriculum development.

Outside of my work at Streets Alive Mission, I am the co-founder of  Kids Speak Out, a non-profit organization with the goal to collect and publish stories. The publications will be shared so that people with similar experiences will know they are not alone, and that victory can be had. Kids Speak Out gives an opportunity to see societal issues through the transparency and innocence of a child’s heart.  Stories bring perspective and insight to hard issues we are facing in society today.

 

I enjoy travelling, when I’m able, and I have travelled to every province in Canada, numerous States in the US, and Mexico. I also love a cruise (pre-Covid). As much as I love to travel, I truly love to return home. Lethbridge will always be home.

My favourite Super Hero is Wonder Woman, of course.  I grew up with Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, and I saw her as strong, smart and determined. That’s pretty fitting for the kind of work I do on behalf of women and underprivileged populations.

My faith gives me hope even in the most difficult times. My motto in life is, “Be Kind Always!” We can never have too much kindness in the world!

God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
~ Psalm 46:5

Pieter van ewijk

Hello! I’m Pieter, and I’m the Director of Administration and Finance.

I am responsible for writing, reviewing, updating & implementing Policies, Procedures, & Systems; Financial Analysis and Budgeting; Human Resources, and I also wear the ‘Volunteer Coordinator’ hat.  It’s much more interesting than it sounds!

I am most passionate about people. And structure. And Budgets. Definitely Budgets. 

All kidding aside, I am very much a people-person, and I think that’s why the Human Resource function has landed on my desk as well. Often misunderstandings and issues come from mis- or missed communications, and I try to work on issues before they become bigger issues.

Romans 12:16 is how God brought me to the Mission: “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” — I think it is me God has brought to a low position.

I’m thrilled to be at the Mission, developing systems for the team, and bringing more structure as we continue to move from ‘mom & pop’ to an extensive organization with 6 sites/campuses [Mission, Genesis Connect for Women, Segue I & II; Parkside & Libertas].

Prior to coming to Streets Alive, I managed a Saputo Cheese factory for almost 5 years, and I also managed the Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum for nearly 4 years. I hold a Diploma of Technology in Operations Management from BCIT, and I used to have a cheesemaker’s license. How many cheesemakers do you know? 

I have a slight accent, so people often ask where I’m from. I grew up in Westbroek, near Utrecht, in the Netherlands. I have traveled quite a bit, visiting 9 out of 10 Canadian provinces and about 20 US States, as well as vacationing on Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) in the Caribbean.

My wife, April, and I have a number of adopted, biological and foster children in our home (the actual number varies). My happiest place to be is either in my basement reading a good book, or riding my motorcycle. Speaking of books, April and I have over 10,000 books (the actual number grows)!  I’m also writing a book about Canada’s Third Prime Minister: “POWER BROKER, The Life and Politics of John J.C. Abbott”.

One person I really admire is Großadmiral Karl Dönitz. And the Apostle Paul. He got it. He really got it.

It’s not a motto, per se, but something I try to remember is: “Each day is a new day, do the best you can.”

After getting stuck in Ecclesiastes 1:17 for a while: “Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.”

Colossians 1:27 gives me hope: “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

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