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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.

 

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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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

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.

 

2019 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.

Criteria:

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

Bring:

  •  Government issued Phone ID – mandatory
  •  Social Insurance Number – mandatory
  •  T3; T4; T5 as they apply for all members as applicable
  •  Renters: rent receipts
  •  House Owners: Final Tax Notice
  •  Receipts for medical expenses
  •  Donations and charitable gift receipts
  •  Income Tax Assessment for year previous to tax year if possible
  •  Special health condition information that may result in extra credit
  •  Public Transit Receipts
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  • We do not file returns for the following:
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  •  Employment/Business/Income/Retail expenses (self-employed)
  •  Someone who is deceased
  •  Power of attorney
  •  Business or rental income and expenses
  •  Capital gains or losses
  •  Bankruptcy/Consumer Proposal
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Community Teaching Garden

This program is in partnership with our Healthy Homes Programs, 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 new skills in growing vegetables
  •  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 them to the community
  •  Volunteer on a daily capacity in the ongoing growth and maintenance of the garden

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 Huntsville, Ontario, and 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.

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.

 

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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?

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