Blog

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

March Volunteer of the Month: Mary

Mary has volunteered in different capacities throughout her life.  However, in the recent past, work had become so all-consuming. As happens to many of us, she “strayed for a while”.  Mary shares that she felt its absence. Then Mary’s friend, Sue Rattray, who volunteers in the Clothing Market, suggested she come by HOPE House for […]

Continue Reading

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.   […]

Continue Reading

February Volunteer of the Month: Ted

Ted Drewlo has supported the development of HOPE House from its inception. “I became involved with volunteering after I retired. I was looking for something to do related to HOPE House. I belong to Lakeside Church and I was involved with the purchase of the old United Church and the setup of the HOPE House […]

Continue Reading

Sherwin-Williams Transforms HOPE House

  HOPE House is delighted to share that we were chosen as this year’s Sherwin-Williams “Paint the Community” beautification project! On Monday, January 22nd and Tuesday, January 23rd, their managers from all over Canada swept in and took over our entire café and lounge! With the help of a generous donation of brand new ladders from […]

Continue Reading

January Volunteer of the Month: Mary Ellen

“I was homeless 20 years ago, so I know what it is like not have enough food at the end of the month.”   Mary Ellen from Community Living and HOPE House’s January Volunteer of the Month reflects back on her incredible life journey. Two decades ago, while experiencing homelessness, Mary Ellen accessed The Drop-in […]

Continue Reading