Monthly Archives: April 2014

What does poverty really look like?

Poverty has many faces and someone in your family, your neightbourhood, your commmunity could be affected. To learn more please watch this video and read the article published by the St. Catharines Standard on April 25th ,2014.

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“There’s a woman who can’t read or write. Another who has a degree in nursing. And a guy with two college diplomas.

There’s a double transplant recipient. A cancer survivor. A guy born with cerebral palsy.

And a former psychiatric patient and alcoholic.

There’s a husband and wife with a 15-month-old son. A 2 1/2-year-old boy who breathes through a hole in his throat. And a six-year-old boy who collects stuffed animals and plans on living with his mother forever.

There’s a writer. A woman who works the night shift at a gas station. And a single mom who works four days a week in a factory.

People who might otherwise have nothing in common, all sharing one life event.

Poverty.

Together, they are the faces of poverty.”  St.Catharines Standard.

 

 

Loblaws Extra Helping Spring Food Drive was a Success – Thank You!

Port Cares would like to thank Loblaws, Brent and Jenny’s No Frills, Larry Simpson of Claire’s Delivery, and the people in our community who donated food or money for making this year’s Loblaws Extra Helping Spring Food Drive a great success! A total of 1,317 lbs of much needed food was collected along with approximately $560 in cash donations. All of this will go directly to the Reach Out Food Centre.

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 Featured from left to right are: Marlene Scott,Donor; Tessa Taylor,Volunteer; Andrea Birrell ROFC Manager; Gloria Paterson, Special Events Coordinator.
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Featured from left to right are : Leane Carpenter, Port Cares Finance Manager and Volunteer; Donors Colin Dodds and Arianna Dodds and Andrea Birrell ROFC Manager.

Spring Food Drive and Easter Celebrations at Port Cares.

Please keep our Spring Food Drive in mind as you enjoy the Easter Holiday. Bring your donations to Brent and Jenny’s No Frills in Port Colborne on Saturday April 19, 2014 from 8 am to  5:00 pm. Help us fill up a truck with food for the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank.

The items most urgently needed are: Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Hamburger Helper, Tinned Juices, Pasta (excluding spaghetti), Crackers, Soups, Peanut Butter, Diapers, all sizes, Infant Formula, Baby Food

With help from Donors like you this food drive will be a success and we thank you for your support. Thank you also to Claire’s Delivery Service, our hard working volunteers and to Brent and Jenny’s No Frills for this opportunity. Call 905-834-3629 for more information.

Last week Port Cares held an Easter Party at the Reach Out Food Centre. 42 Children and their parents enjoyed a fun filled afternoon with treats, food and crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny.Thank you to the following sponsors for making this event possible:

Ingredion, Murdochs Tire, Marshville Chocolates and The Mill Greenhouse.

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Port Cares News April 2014- Focus on Homelessness and Transportation

Port Cares is participating in a three year research project with Raising the Roof on:homelessness

“Although Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, child and family homelessness is a serious and growing issue. More than 37% of Canadian households are having difficulty maintaining housing and more and more families are relying on emergency shelters. Between 2005 and 2009, the estimated number of children using those shelters grew from 6,205 to 9,459.”  To learn more visit www.raising the roof.org 

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Transportation that is affordable and accessable is critical for everyone in our community, especially those who must rely on it for work and school. Let your voice be heard and complete the online survey  at www.niagararegion.ca/survey until April 30. Paper copies are also available at Port Cares.

Regional Transit Survey Media Release

Regional Transit Survey Perspective  

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Food Drive! Help us feed the community on April 19th, 2014.

Brent & Jenny’s No Frills will be holding the ” Loblaws Extra Helping Spring Food Drive ” on Saturday April 19, 2014 from 8 am to  5:00 pm in the parking lot on the corner of Hwy 3 & and Hwy 58 in Port Colborne. Bring your food donations to this location and help us fill up a truck with food for the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank.

The items most urgently needed are: Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Hamburger Helper, Tinned Juices, Pasta (excluding spaghetti), Crackers, Soups, Peanut Butter, Diapers, all sizes, Infant Formula, Baby Food

With help from Donors like you this food drive will be a success and Port Cares thanks you for your support. Thank you also to Claire’s Delivery Service of Port Colborne for the use of their truck, our hard working volunteers and to Brent and Jenny’s No Frills for this opportunity. Call 905-834-3629 for more information.

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2014 Soup Fest was a success! $ 5673.00 was raised for the Reach Out Food Centre!

On April 3rd the Italian Hall was filled with the tempting aroma of delicious soups served up by the students from Port Colborne Highschool, Lakeshore Catholic High School, Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and the Port Cares Food Service Associate Program. Guests enjoyed a variety of soups including: corn chowder, red lentil, hearty vegetable, pasta fagioli, scotch broth, cheeseburger,chicken wing and chicken noodle. There were door prizes and gifts from local buinesses and Jazz music was provided by Port Colborne High School to the delight of the crowd.

The trophy for the most popular soup went to the students from the Port Colborne Highschool for their delicious Chicken Wing Soup. 2014 recipes and donors

               Soupfest 2014 winner                                                       2014 Winning Students from Port Colborne Highschool

See our photo gallery for more pictures -courtesy of Heidi Grzesina

This annual fundraiser is in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre and this is why your support is so important:

“In the month of March 390 households were provided with food from the Reach Out Food Centre Food Bank.  29 of these were seniors and 76 were single parent families.  This once a month allotment provided food for 515 adults and 216 children in the Port Colborne/Wainfleet communities. At the Centre people are also given access to resources, information and skills training. ” Lynda Reinhart, Executive Director

Port Cares wishes to thank everyone who attended this event and all of the  participating students, staff and volunteers who made this event possible.

A special thank you also the following sponsors for their support. 

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