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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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July Volunteers of the Month: Judy & Nancy

Judy and Nancy have been friends for a long time, since their senior year of high school…”now we get to spend every Tuesday morning together laughing and having fun and giving back” Judy grins. Judy attends Lakeside Church, so knew about HOPE House and felt a “nudge” to volunteer here. She started volunteering about a […]

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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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May Volunteer of the Month – Kawkaba

With a smile of pride and happiness lighting up her face, Kawkaba graciously hands over a donation her family put together in benefit of Ramadan. With her daughter in law Abida on the phone to ensure we’re understanding each other, she explains that she is Muslim and that she makes this donation on behalf of […]

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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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