Everyone needs a helping hand every now and then!  Here are local outreach programs and services dedicated to helping those in need of Food, Housing, Mental Health and Addiction Support and Family Services

Food and Housing Support
Women’s Services
Family Services

Food and Housing Support

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul ( SSVP), an international lay Catholic organization founded in 1833, is a community based charity that supports families in need, regardless of their race, denomination or background. By visiting homes in the community, our volunteers are able to assist families-in-need, those struggling to support themselves and those who are ill and alone. We listen with compassion and refer families to local resources and agencies. We help with essential needs such as securing food, furniture, and clothing but we also advocate access to benefits such as the Canada Learning Bond, Recreation and Camp subsidies, emergency dental assistance, and further education.

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The Good Shepherd Centres

Inspired by the Hospitality of St. John of God and rooted in Catholic teachings, Good Shepherd provides person-centred health, housing and human services in the Greater Hamilton and Toronto (ON) areas to all people in need. Good Shepherd aspires to provide programs and services and an employment environment that promotes equity, inclusion and social justice.

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Burlington Food Bank

OUR MISSION – To provide nutritious food to the hungry of our community in a dignified and timely manner

We do that by:

– Providing emergency food to Burlington residents
– Providing vital information to families struggling with finances
– Supplementing our fresh produce by growing our own vegetables in our community gardens
– Extending our reach across Burlington through the generosity of corporate donors
– Assisting local agencies meet the food needs they have in providing for their clients

Once food is received, it’s sorted and placed into our storefront helping people every month.

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Open Doors

Community Meals

In-person dining on Tuesdays has resumed. Hospitality hour in the Family Room is offered from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Curbside meal pickup is available between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. Dinner is served in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm.

Clothing Store 

We are currently offering fall clothing for the whole family. The store is open on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am until 12 noon. Clothing donations may be dropped off at the main (north) doors of the church on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm.

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Food for Life

While the type and amount of food that Food for Life redistributes may differ from our beginnings in 1995, our core values and focus remain remarkably unchanged. We continue to proudly be a volunteer-powered, grassroots-driven organization led by a small staff. Food for Life employs just 22 full-time staff yet utilizes approximately 400 volunteers from the community to mobilize our mission. Food for Life thrives on the spirit of teamwork with an unparalleled network of support from individuals, corporations and foundations in the Halton region – we are defined by our collaboration. Through our trusted alliance, Food for Life is able to turn every $1 donated into the $7 of GOOD food.

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Compass Point Food Market

Every Story is Different

We all go through difficult times when we need some kind of help and support from others. Our goal is to make the Food Market a welcoming space for those who attend and for those who volunteer.

Together we all play a part in creating a warm friendly environment, so we respectfully request that everyone is patient, and considerate of others and communicates with respect.

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The Compassion Society

Our mission is to respond to the needs of individuals and families struggling in our community by providing necessary items such as fresh and non-perishable food, hygiene/self-care items, clothing, multiple seasonal gift programs, and referrals to local resources and social services.

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The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

We are an innovative partner, mobilized to share hope wherever there is hardship, building communities that are just and know the love of Jesus.

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Wellington Square

Community HUB and Lunch

In this time of fear and uncertainty, we believe that compassion is as important as ever. As a community we are choosing to share what we have with those around us who may be scared, hungry and alone.

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Women’s Services

Shifra Homes

Shifra’s Residential Program is like no other shelter or maternity residence. We provide a safe, nurturing and caring home environment for young, homeless and pregnant women throughout pregnancy, delivery and beyond.  We also provide our residents with the tools they need to succeed beyond their stay at Shifra, including life skills training, financial literacy, wellness programs and more.

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Martha House

Martha House is a secure and accessible, 40-bed emergency shelter for individuals and their children who are homeless and fleeing violence and abuse. Programs & Services; safe, short-term accommodation in private family-style units, safety planning and emergency transportation to the shelter, if needed, referrals and advocacy for legal, medical, financial, employment, housing and community services.

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Mary’s Place

Mary’s Place is a 20-bed emergency shelter for individuals 18 years and older. Mary’s Place provides safety, support and emergency accommodation to clients who are dealing with homelessness, poverty, mental illness and/or violence. Programs & services; emergency accommodation and safety planning, referrals and advocacy for medical, legal and other community services, assistance in establishing permanent housing.

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Halton Women’s Place

Halton Women’s Place is an organization providing shelter and crisis services for physically, emotionally, financially and sexually abused women and their dependent children and is dedicated to ending violence against women and their children.

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Project Rachel

It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.

You are not alone…

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Family Services

Retrouvailles – A Lifeline for Troubled Marriage

Do You Feel

  • lost and alone?
  • frustrated, hurt, or angry with your spouse?
  • like you are constantly arguing or fighting?
  • like separation or divorce is the answer?
  • that you have no time and/or desire to communicate?
  • that talking only makes things worse?
  • that you don’t know how to change or where to turn?


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Mental Health and Addiction Services

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism.

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Emotions Anonymous

The EA membership is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic statuses, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally.

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Mental Health and Addictions

1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life, and everyone will be affected either personally or through a family member, friend, or co-worker. Mental illness can affect the way people feel, think, and behave and may make it challenging for them to cope with the demands of everyday life. However, mental illnesses can be treated and people can improve their health and well-being.

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ADAPT (Halton alcohol, drug and gambling assessment, prevention and treatment services)

ADAPT is a non-profit, community-based, outpatient addiction, assessment and treatment agency funded by the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the United Way to provide a range of services throughout the Halton Region. At ADAPT, we offer you drug addiction treatment, alcohol addiction treatment, gambling addiction treatment and more.

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COAST – Get help and stay safe in a crisis

If you are in crisis, we can help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call us anytime at 1-877-825-9011. TTY: 1-844-646-1700.

Our crisis professionals will speak to you by phone to provide support and help you make a plan to stay safe. We may also provide ongoing telephone support and connect you to others who can help. We call this our Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST).

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