Community & Family Services

Our Community and Family Services Department is the front line defense against homelessness for single adults and families experiencing unemployment or who have low income wages and are living on the edge financially. Our caring and compassionate staff is here to assist and will find a way to help those who need help either through our own programs or through referrals to other agencies.

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Our Programs and Services

Food Bank

Individuals and families who live in London and surrounding area (which includes Arva, Belmont, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Ilderton, Komoka and Lambeth), who need assistance with food may receive a 3-day emergency supply of groceries, based on the size of their family, though our Food Bank.

 

People may access out food bank nine times per year, with no more than one visit in any given month.

 

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Chiropractic Clinic

Chiropractic adjustments are costly and therefore inaccessible for many people. Local chiropractors offer free clinic at The Centre of Hope with first-come first-serve adjustments for all community members.

 

Clinic Information:

Dates: Friday 1:00 – 3:00pm

Closed every Friday before a Public Holiday

Location: The Centre of Hope

 

Questions?

Call (519) 661 0343 ext 230

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Christmas Hamper Program

We provide a Christmas Hamper Program each year in the month of December to all low-income individuals/families in London. Through this program, people can receive a food hamper with everything needed to prepare a festive dinner and toys for children ages 0-12 years.

 
2019 Information:

Registration/Distribution Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

 

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Income Tax Clinic

The cost of income tax filing is a barrier to some, so we offer a free income tax clinic in Mark and April to ensure our clients receive the maximum benefits they are entitled to. The Clinic operates on a drop-in system. If all required documents are presented, your return will be filed while you wait. Returns can be filed for current year only.

Criteria:

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We do not file returns for the following:

 

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This program is in partnership with our Healthy Homes Programs, which connects people with heathy life, skills, physical fitness and healthy food choices.

 

 

Contact healthyhomes@centeofhope.ca for details.

Community Teaching Garden

The Community Teaching Garden provides individuals an opportunity to:

It also provides fresh produce to our food bank for client access.

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Active for Life Recreational Activities

Our Healthy Homes Worker coordinates recreational programs every Wednesday, in partnership with the City of London and Carling Heights Community Centre. Participants enjoy playing baseball (spring and summer) and floor hockey (fall and winter) – they get active, socialize and enjoy a healthy snack or meal.

Contact healthyhomes@centeofhope.ca for details.

Healthy Homes Healthy Living and Cooking Workshops

Healthy Homes workshops aim to promote healthy living through educating participants in an interactive way so that they can take information they have learned and apply it to everyday life.

 

We provide opportunities for adults of all skill levels to come together on a weekly basis in our Community Kitchen to:

 

 

 

Contact healthyhomes@centeofhope.ca for details.

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Participants will also participate in other learning opportunities such as knife skills, safe good handling, budgeting/tips on stretching their food dollar; and planning healthy meals.

 

Participants will leave with items they have prepared and low-cost nutritious recipes

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Summer Camp

We are pleased to offer an overnight summer camp opportunity for children aged 6-15. Our fun adventure camps are located in Jackson’s Point and Huntsville, Ontario, and campers enjoy a variety of un activities such as canoeing, hiking, sports, games, swimming, bonfires and lots of adventure!

 

We offer a subsidized fee for families living with low income.

 

Best First Day Backpack Program

We believe every student succeeds best when equipped with a backpack and supplies on the first day of school, The Centre of Hope partners with the Thames Valley Education Foundation and United Way to bring the backpack program to students.

 

If providing school supplies for your student is a struggle, please contact your child’s school principal, who has access to our program resources.

How to access these programs?

If you or a member of your family is interested in our Community & Family Services, you can reach us:

By Telephone: 519-661-0343 ext. 227

 

Visit Us: 281 Wellington Street. London, ON. N6B 2L4

 

Additionally, you could fill out the form on our Contact Us page and let us know if you have any questions