NEW HOPE CENTRE HELPS FAMILIES
In our community, there are families who struggle to make ends meet and fall short. The New Hope Centre offers a number of services to assist these families. Staff provides a friendly atmosphere where all are made to feel valued and welcomed. Privacy is assured as each client meets with a community worker in an office.
Rent takes the largest portion of the budget in low income households. As a result these families don't have enough money for food. The New Hope Centre Meal Program operates every day of the year and serves 75,000 meals annually. Many families rely on this affordable program to meet their nutritional requirements. Lunch is $1.00 and dinner $2.00 per person. Children under the age of 5 eat for free. For those without the financial means to pay, the Centre provides meal tickets.
Our Emergency Food Hamper Program distributes 3,000 food hampers each year and the majority are given to families. In addition, the annual six-week Hamperville Program operated by The Salvation Army & Loaves and Fishes distributed 2,450 Christmas food hampers in 2013. Thanks to the generosity of many and the hard work of 400 volunteers, 2,229 families had food in their cupboard at Christmas.
The New Hope Centre's laundry facilities is open to the public two days a week and a number of families access this service. The fee to wash and dry a load of clothes is $1.00. Laundry soap is provided without charge.
Other services are available through the Centre. There is a Voucher Program for those in need to obtain clothing and small household articles at the Bowen Street Thrift Store. If addiction is an issue for a family member, a drug/alcohol counsellor is on-site to assist with referrals to residential treatment facilities. The Giving Back Program offers a number of services provided by professionals who volunteer their expertise and time.
The New Hope Centre's ability to provide programs and services to families and individuals alike is possible because of the generous support of our community.