Education

Dr. Dignity – HOPE House Advice

Hi Dr. Dignity,   I like your advice. I have a question. I saw that you talked about how to get help with food if someone was having a hard time buying it. That was helpful information to have so thank you. Do you have any advice on how to eat healthy with a small […]

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Dr. Dignity – HOPE House Advice

Dear Dr. Dignity,   I would like to access the emergency food resources at HOPE House, but I don’t even know where to start. Do I need to make an appointment? Do I need to bring any documents? I have a job, but it’s only part-time, do I still qualify? Help please!   Sincerely, Parker […]

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Dr. Dignity – HOPE House Advice

Dear Dr. Dignity,   What’s up with your name?   Regards, Toni Dear Toni, Here at HOPE House, Dignity is one of our 3 core values, along with Compassion and Encouragement. We acknowledge the inherent Dignity and worth of every human being. But what does that mean?    When we say Dignity is inherent, we […]

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Overdose Awareness Day: Remembering Those We’ve Lost

The staff and community members at HOPE House support and love folks who are dependent on substances.   Today we attended Overdose Awareness Day, just a 20 second walk from our location in the heart of downtown Guelph. Overdose and addiction affects us all and the ripple effect is tremendous. The quality of speakers and […]

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Meet Wendy Noll: Welcoming Streets Peer Outreach Worker

Meet Wendy Noll, the Welcoming Streets Peer Outreach Worker for the downtown core in Guelph. Wendy has been working in the field of addiction personally and professionally for over 20 years. As part of the mental health outreach team in Hamilton, she did the van needle exchange program. She also worked some weekend contract work […]

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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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The Reality of the Christmas Season

Imagine a family—a family struggling in poverty—who have to sacrifice any kind of celebration so that they can make sure their most basic needs are met. They don’t have presents under their tree—if they have a tree at all— no turkey dinner waiting for them to be shared together. All these families have is a […]

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Getting to know our Board: Gord Barr

From HOPE House’s very inception in 2012, Gord Barr has been a friend of HOPE House, actively serving as the Chair on the Board of Directors. In this role, Gord passionately pursues fundraising opportunities and advocates for HOPE House by spreading the word to the community. He believes that HOPE House has provided a vehicle […]

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Mapping Communities

Last week we had the honour of hosting over 20 children, aged 7-11, from the Go Program Kids Camp here at HOPE House. We took the kids on a tour of HOPE House to show them what we do, we made muffins in record time and then did some activities based on the struggles our […]

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