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Meet Kendra Cooke: Social Service Worker

  Kendra Cooke’s story of coming to HOPE House begins with her love of singing. It seems unlikely, true, but upon joining the Guelph acapella singing organization, The Over Tones, she was introduced to the Executive Director of Michael’s House, a fellow member of the chorus. Kendra was in university at this time, studying international […]

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Early Start Family Literacy Fosters School Success

  Meet Brenda MacDonald, facilitator of Early Start Family Literacy program run in partnership with Action Read. Brenda is a teacher with many years experience working with preschoolers. Literacy and books are her passion. She works with children ages 0-6 and their parents or caregivers to foster the skills children need to succeed in kindergarten. […]

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Food For Thought: The Gift of Encouragement

  Tracy Law loves to to cook and to make food for other people. Every other week Tracy provides HOPE House with lunch for 40 people that includes a sandwich in a bag with an encouraging message on it, fruit,  and cookies – 80 cookies, “because it’s not okay to only have one!” Tracy calls […]

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Pam’s Story of Loss to HOPE: “I Get Back Me”

  You know when Pam Urry has arrived at HOPE House! Her presence is big, her laugh is infectious, and people love to be around her! Pam is the founder of the HOPE Stylin’ Hair Salon where she volunteers her time every Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:00pm. She has an incredible story to share, one […]

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Meet Gillian Cornell: Immediate Relief Manager

Gillian Cornell describes herself as a motivator,  connector, and capacity builder who loves engaging people. Born in New Zealand to American parents and a Canadian citizen, Gillian is also a lifelong learner who has worked in international financial, hospitality, marketing, fundraising, and human resource positions. She has a diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Administration, an […]

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Weaving Yarn(s), Weaving Community

The HOPE House Yarn & Yap group is far more than a space to learn crochet. The people who come together to create purposeful works such as baby blankets, tea towels, and warm winter toques are connecting as a micro-community. They inform, support, problem solve, listen, and share their stories with one another. A simple […]

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