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Community & Family Services (food bank plus more)

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.

 

Bring:

  •  ID for all household members
  •  Proof of household income (OW/ODSP/Employment Stubs   or 3 months of bank statements, must be considered low   income.)
  •  Proof of London Address

Chiropractic Clinic

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Local chiropractors offer a 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: Friday before a Public Holiday

 

Location: The Centre of Hope, Chapel

 

Questions?

Call (519) 661 0343 ext 230

Christmas Hamper Program

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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.

 

2020 Information:

Registration Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

Bring:

 ID for all household members

  •  Proof of household income (OW/ODSP/Employment Stubs or 3 months of bank statements;   must be considered low income)
  •  Proof of London Address

Income Tax Clinic

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The cost of income tax filing is a barrier to some, so we offer a free income tax clinic in March 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.

 

2020 Clinic

Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27

Times: 9:30am – 3pm

Location: Clinic across the hall from Food Bank

 

Criteria:

  • – Must be a London Resident
  • – Household income below LICO rates

 

Bring:

– T3, T4 or T5 slip

– Rent receipts (plus name and address of landlord)

– Final tax notice for home owners

– Government issued ID for yourself and family (couples must attend together)

 – Social Insurance Number

– Receipts for medical expenses; charitable contributions, public transit

– Income tax assessment for 2018 if possible

– Valid telephone number

 

Community Teaching Garden

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

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The Community Teaching Garden provides individuals an opportunity to:

  •  Learn how to create a sustainable food source in an urban environment
  •  Learn how to harvest, prepare and preserve vegetables
  •  Connect with community members
  •  Learn social skills
  •  Discover community resources
  •  Find a new interest or hobby that connects participants to the community
  •  Volunteer on a weekly capacity in the ongoing growth and maintenance of the garden
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  • It also provides fresh produce to our food bank for client access.

 

Contact healthyhomes@centeofhope.ca for details.

Active for Life Recreational Activities

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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.

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  •  Discover community resources
  •  Find a new interest or hobby that connects   them to the community
  •  Learn social skills
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Contact healthyhomes@centeofhope.ca for details.

Healthy Homes Healthy Living and Cooking Workshops

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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:

  •  Cook healthy and inexpensive meals, snacks and desserts
  •  Learn how to preserve/can fresh food
  •  Learn about food nutrition
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Participants will also participate in other learning opportunities such as knife skills, safe food 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

A client with a child

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 Newport, Ontario. Campers enjoy a variety of fun activities such as canoeing, hiking, sports, games, swimming, bonfires and lots of adventure!

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

 

2020 Dates: August 24-29

Registration: Open!

Subsidized Fee: $80/child (offered to families with low income; $250 non-subsidized rate)

 

For Information, email Rebecca at rthiessen@centreofhope.ca.

‘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.

 

To access a backpack of supplies, please contact your child’s school principal, who has access to our program resources. 

 

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Spiritual Services

The Salvation Army offers hope to everyone who comes to us for help and assistance. Motivating us to offer that assistance is the desire to share the love of God through Jesus Christ and be a transforming influence in our community. At the Recovery Community Centre we offer pastoral and spiritual ministry to community members who find themselves in distress. Our chaplains are available to support and bring comfort and prayer to help people through their times of crisis.

 

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How to access these programs?

Contact Us:

Telephone: 519-661-0343 ext. 227

 

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

 

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