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Lego Saved My Life

Lego saved my life.   I know, it sounds absurd. Little plastic bricks made in Denmark? The kids toy?   But Lego really has saved my life.   I discovered Lego as an adult in the midst of a mental health emergency. I spent 6 weeks in Grand River Hospital’s Psych Ward because my depression, […]

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Meet Jackie Keenan: Gift in Kind Coordinator

“What stands out is probably being brought up in a single parent household. Experiencing poverty impacted my life”.   So starts the story of Jackie, our Gift in Kind Coordinator and the newest member of our team here at HOPE House. Previously, Jackie was a Child and Youth Worker who worked in residential treatment with […]

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Walkers Raise $75,335 During Coldest Night of the Year!

The energy was tangible as over 250 people gathered together in the Guelph Armoury on the evening of February 24. The regiment bustled about, assisting with sound and chairs, working tirelessly to ensure that the Coldest Night of the Year event went off without a hitch.    Dozens of volunteers greeted teams of participants while […]

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Trauma and the Role of Community

  Trauma can be defined as an event or events that when witnessed or experienced evoke horror, hopelessness and fear of imminent bodily harm and/or death.  These events include circumstances such as:  sexual assault, domestic violence, war, torture, and child abuse.   A traumatized person experiences many aspects of profound harm, but perhaps the most […]

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HOPE House public statement of commitment to Indigenous inclusion and safety

  HOPE House operates and advocates on the belief that poverty, food insecurity, inequality, health and community are all interconnected. We offer services and programs that challenge the stigmas surrounding poverty and allow our clients to maintain their dignity and choice, while simultaneously providing them with tactile, long-term skills developed in a community environment.   […]

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