The Hope Centre

The Hope Centre is committed to assisting and strengthening our community by attending to the basic needs of its vulnerable citizens. We also advocate to change the social structures that create their poverty, homelessness, and compromised health and well-being. This is achieved through the dedication of our staff, volunteers and available programs, which are designed to create positive opportunities …

ABOUT US

The work of The HOPE Centre is much more than charity. With your help, we provide a full continuum of services and supports to individuals and families who are struggling with poverty related issues.

Mission Statement: The Hope Centre is committed to assisting and strengthening our community by attending to the basic needs of its vulnerable citizens. We also advocate to change the social structures that create their poverty, homelessness, and compromised health and well-being. This is achieved through the dedication of our staff, volunteers and available programs, which are designed to create positive opportunities and provide stability for those in need. To this end, we are committed to helping our community’s disadvantaged citizens support themselves and their families and persevere with a sense of dignity and purpose.

For over thirty years, The HOPE Centre has helped to build and to strengthen South Niagara by providing residents with basic needs through such popular programs as the The HOPE Kitchen, Food Bank, Coats for Kids & Families, Christmas Hamper. Moreover, through advocacy and referrals, The HOPE Centre has helped many members of the community deal with such problems as housing.

” To build and strengthen our community by responding to the needs of its people “

Going about it… Our programs are designed to create positive opportunities which help people help themselves. Hope is an individual’s virtue, and personal empowerment is the dynamic that fuels all The HOPE Centre’s activities. Our approach to delivering one-on-one services plus our involvement in community development and advocacy work are guided by some core beliefs. Among them are: 1. Self-determination 2. Uniqueness of Individuals 3. Diversity of Communities 4. Dignity 5. Respect 6. Citizen Rights and Responsibilities.

Moving at a pace best suited for (each individual), our clients are able to acquire skills that may be applied to a specific goal or life in general. For example, the opportunity to socialize and to learn to better communicate during drop-in hours is open for everyone. Some clients are exploring returning to work while others consider upgrading their schooling. At The HOPE Centre they may register (free of charge) in a Literacy and Basic Skills class that can prepare them with necessary tasks such as writing a resume, filling out a job application, or completing an entry level exam.

OUR HISTORY

The HOPE Centre was formed in 1974 (originally known as Welland Community Resource and Action Centre – WCRAC) by a group of concerned citizens and organizations who recognized that there were a number of people who were falling through the cracks of the social welfare system. Originally housed at All Peoples United Church, The HOPE Centre was entirely run by dedicated volunteers and offered food assistance, childcare, and advocacy.

The early success of these volunteers gave birth to such agencies as:

  • Women’s Place
  • Niagara Regional Youth Homes
  • Community Legal Services
  • All Peoples Day Nursery
  • Niagara Peninsula Homes
  • Canal View Homes
  • McLaughlin Community House and Tenants Association

The HOPE Centre also works closely with other agencies such as:

  • The United Way
  • Harvest Kitchen
  • The Salvation Army & St. Vincent De Paul (Christmas Hamper Progam)
  • Niagara Catholic School Board (Onsite Literacy and Basic Skills Program)
  • Canadian Tire Foundation for Families (Jumpstart Program)
  • Kacey Lynn Committee (Kacey Lynn Fund)
  • YWCA Off site Transitional Housing

There are many other agencies not listed above that The Hope Centre & Hope House work hand in hand with.