Thanksgiving is a time of family, celebration and sharing gratitude. And for the 1,496 residents of Port Colborne, Wainfleet and South Niagara who currently rely on the food bank and meal services of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre (ROFC), people in need will share in the celebration of gratitude this Thanksgiving thanks to the amazing outpouring of community and corporate support Port Cares and the Reach Out Food Centre receives.
“We are truly blessed to have such a compassionate and giving community. We receive support from the young children who collect food donations at their daycares and schools to small businesses and major corporations providing food, services and financial gifts. Port Cares relies on all of this kindness to run the Reach Out Centre including the Food bank, community meals and intervention programs,” explains Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director.
While the need to help is daunting, the support is overwhelming Clark Lafleur explains. She notes that throughout the year and especially at festive holiday times like Thanksgiving and Christmas Port Cares and its Reach Out Centre receives an outpouring of support. “We are truly blessed to without even asking have the individuals and companies like the Leon Family and Leon’s Furniture Limited step forward to help. The Leon family through Leon’s Furniture Limited provided a substantial gift to Port Cares to assist the work we do for young children at the centre. They shared with us that they wanted to recognize their gratitude by assisting the less fortunate by sharing compassion, care and comfort to those who need it most. Their gift is directly supporting the food bank and meal program at the Reach Out Centre.”
Approximately 120 to 140 people are anticipated to attend the Thanksgiving Dinner Meal at the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre this Thursday, October 5th with the Port Colborne Fire Department hosting by supplying turkeys, and helping to prepare and serve alongside community volunteers and client helpers.
Not all of the people in our community who require food assistance participate in the ROFC meal program. Many more will receive food support through the ROFC food bank.
“Our clients are truly appreciative of the compassion and support they receive not only at Thanksgiving but year round. They do their best to give back and share their gratitude as best they can when their personal situations improve. This is what Port Cares is truly about – help, hope and opportunity.”
QUICK FACTS :
- More than a third of the people reliant on the ROFC food bank are children.
- Typically 50 adults and children attend the lunch program on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Reach Out Food Centre (ROFC) at 61 Nickel Street, Port Colborne.
- Approximately 100 individuals attend the weekly dinner on Thursday evenings at the ROFC.
- Lunch kits with supplies to make five nutritious lunches are provided to families with school age children through the Reach Out Centre food bank
- On average 17,000 to 20,000 pounds of food is distributed monthly through the ROFC food bank.
- Port Cares Reach Out Centre relies on donations, grants and fundraising to provide services and assistance to people living in poverty.
The first annual Port Cares Trivia Night was a great hit with 94 players all hoping to win the bragging rights as top team.
The Winning team was Low Expectations!
Thanks to the many generous guests we raised $2640 for the food bank. Gratitude goes out to Anne Turner and Rob Leveille for their incredible support as Trivia Hosts. I also wish to thank the Legion for donating the space, Super Mario’s for donating the pizza, Janet Bruce for the cupcakes and Val Capaldi for all of her hard work. See you all next year and if you have any questions regarding any Port Cares events please contact Karin DiBiase, Supervisor of Fundraising for Port Cares at email@example.com
Are you looking for a place to bring your child to play and learn new activities? Over 14,900 children between the age of 0-6 visited our centres in 2016/17 and we have many services to offer you.
Do you as a parent and caregiver want to connect with other parents and learn more about the resources available to you and your child in the community?
Our Port Cares Ontario Early Year Centres are here to help you. There is no cost for any of our programs. Come on out and visit us at one of our 4 sites. You can also reach us at 1-866-933-9633 or OEYC Information .
Port Cares offers parents and youth access to the Niagara Youth Justice Program (NYJ) through our onsite Niagara Youth Justice Manager Heather Ranger, MSW.
This program offers an alternative to formal court proceedings for youth, 12-17 years-old, who have committed minor offences. Over 80 youth were assisted through our program in 2016/17. The NYJ serves the entire Niagara region and accepts referrals from Police and Crown Attorneys.
Youth Justice Committees (YJC) are based on restorative justice principles which gives priority to the accountability and the needs of the youth, needs of the victim, and community wellness and healing. This is done through community conferencing that involves trained community members who meet with persons harmed, accused young people and their parents/caregivers to negotiate an appropriate way for the young person to make amends for their actions.
By offering this program Port Cares provides an opportunity for those who have been harmed and the broader community to have a role in dealing with offences committed by young persons.
This program was established under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.
For more information please contact Heather Ranger at 905-834-3629 ext. 242.
The Port Cares Division, also known as PC Works offers residents of all ages the opportunity to meet with a knowledgeable and experienced employment counsellor to assist with one on one career coaching.
We can help with resume writing, interview skills and all aspects of the job search. We also offer computer skills training, upgrading and works shops. Training such as Safety, WHMIS, Fork Lift, Smart Serve, First Aid and other training opportunities are offered onsite here at Port Cares.
We would like to share a good news story about Mr. Bell who worked with Julia Norris, one of our Employment Counsellors. We thank him for sharing his story with us.
“Overall, the whole office was helpful. In the computer room tracking down addresses and phone numbers, copying resumes and just plain helping folks out that aren’t really that good with computers. I would also like to mention that over the past number of years I’ve used the various different services available at the Port Cares office and always had good results.”
Thank you to Cathy and Larry Boggio for yet another outstanding event in support of the each Out Food Centre & Food Bank. This year the theme was Hoedown and over 130 guests joined in the fun and together they raised a whopping $15,000 for the Food Bank. The huge barn was donated by Henderson Farms & guests filled their boots with a fantastic BBQ thanks to Tendercuts; corn from Sobeys and beverages courtesy of Larry Boggio and Young’s Catering. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening filled with music and fun….all for a good cause. Thank you Cathy and Larry Boggio for your amazing support and to everyone involved in making this event possible.
On a beautiful day on May 27th 54 golfers gathered at the newly renovated Port Colborne Golf and Country Club to play in the 1st Annual Port Colborne Hockey Alumni Golf Tournament. The tournament was a success with many fun golf holes and a BBQ Pig Roast dinner.
Event organiser Trent Thompson and son Jordan Thompson were pleased with the turn out and support. ” Tom Vanderlip and the staff at the Port Colborne Golf and Country Club were great and the support from local sponsors was amazing.” Thanks to their sponsors, donors, volunteers and the many golfers who participated, they raised $3500 for the Port Cares Reach Out Centre and Food Bank. Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares and Fundraising Supervisor Karin DiBiase expressed their gratitude for this wonderful donation.
Stay tuned for an even bigger event next year on June 2nd, 2018 with celebrity golfers and more!
At Port Cares we recognize that there may be times when some of us need help to full-fill our personal and career goals when it comes to education.
Do you want to finish your High School Diploma, pursue a College or University education, or learn basic Computer skills? If yes, our Learning Centre Team can help you get on the right path to realizing your goals. We offer personalized, confidential assistance, and you can work at your own pace at no cost to you.
May be you are like Emily, who is pursuing her dream of finishing her High School Diploma by participating in upgrading classes right here at Port Cares. We thank Emily for sharing her story.
Of her experience with Louise MacIntyre from the Learning Centre Team she writes: “I would like to thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for me throughout my school process. You’ve helped me not only to make the first steps in changing my life, but have also given me more confidence in doing so. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor through this process. You are truly amazing.”
Give us a call at 905-834-3629 ext.241 or visit us at 92 Charlotte Street and we will work with you to help you reach your goals.
Volunteers make this community a caring and special place. Without the many Volunteers who donate their time, compassion and energy to Port Cares we would not be able to offer many of our services to those in need. Our Volunteers help out in the food bank, and community kitchen, they collect food and participate in fundraising events and more.
This week marks National Volunteer Week and we could not do it without them. We will be holding a volunteer appreciation event at our Reach Out Centre this week to thank them for their efforts.
We also want to take this opportunity to recognize all of the amazing volunteers who donate of their time and expertise to the many organizations who make this community a great place to live.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Karin DiBiase at 905-834-3629 etc. 245 or visit
Volunteering at Port Cares
On April 15th local Port Colborne Fire Fighters and Emergency personnel teamed up with Sobeys owners Grant Jennings and his wife Carrie Lasovich to hold their 2nd annual Easter Food Drive. The event was a huge success despite the rain. Fire Fighters and Emergency Personnel led by Fire Chief Tom Cartwright; Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bendia and Fire Prevention Officer Scott Lawson held a BBQ and boot drive. Combined with the efforts of Sobeys staff they raised $4594,and close to 900 lbs of food thanks to the many generous donors. Entertainment for all ages was provided by a visit from the Easter Bunny, and Jack and Morgan Mitchell from Music and Performance Niagara.
We are fortunate because of the care and compassion and giving spirit of our citizens. Thanks to this Easter Food Drive Port Cares and the Reach Out Centre will now have more food available to distribute to those in need. The generosity of local residents, organizations and businesses who continue to donate to those less fortunate in our community is heartwarming and very much appreciated.
A huge thank you to everyone at Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services, Sobeys and to all of the generous donors who made this event possible.