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How the Port Cares Employment Division can help You!

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.” 

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Hoedown a success for the Reach Out Centre & Food Bank!

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.


Port Colborne Hockey Alumni Golf Tournament gives back to community

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!

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How our Learning Centre can benefit you.

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.

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Port Cares Salutes our Volunteers

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

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Easter Food Drive yields 900 pounds of food and $4594 for the Reach Out Centre

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.

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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.

SoupFest 2017 rocks the Italian Hall

Thank you to everyone for the fantastic response to SoupFest 2017. We had close to 250 guests and students in attendance and the soups were simply fantastic. We have already raised over $4000 from this event (plus $5000 in in-kind donations) and we could not have done it without the support of our generous donors and sponsors.

We would especially like to thank:  

The teams from Port Colborne High School; Lakeshore Catholic High School; Niagara College; and the Port Cares Reach Out Centre. The people’s choice award went to the Port Cares Team for their Beef Taco Tortilla Soup.

A huge thank you also to the Port Colborne High School Band for playing such amazing music and to our sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible.

Thanks to your support we will be able to utilize the proceeds from this event to continue to provide over 12,000 meals to individuals and families in need in our community.


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Got your SoupFest tickets yet? Join us April 6th and help stop hunger in our Community.

Did you know that on average so far in 2017 we have distributed 44,920 pounds of food  in the first 2 months alone? Or that on average we see 156 kids under the age of 18 at our food bank each month? Or that we provide close to 1000 meals every month to those in need in our community? Want to help out?

You can help us by coming out to SoupFest  on April 6 th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian Hall  at 223 Bell Street in Port Colborne. Tickets are $15.00 for all the soup you can eat plus cookies and coffee, great music and prizes.

Meet the teams who are making this event possible and come on out and give them your support!

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Port Colborne High School Culinary Program with Julie Wiersma

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Lakeshore Catholic Culinary Students with Chef Joe Fabiano

Niagara College

Niagara College Culinary Students with Chef David Gibson



Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre Team


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Port Colborne High School Band with Derrick Stickney

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!

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Why do we do SoupFest? Read how your donations helped this family.

Every year the community comes together and shares a meal at SoupFest in April to raise funds for our Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank. Here is why we do it and how you have helped a family in need.

Success Story:

“I am a disabled single father with 2 school age children living in rural f Wainfleet with transportation issues,fixed household income and limited resources. It is an ongoing struggle to afford to cover expenses and meet the needs of my 8 year old son and 9 year old daughter. School lunches come at a great cost but thankfully because the Port Cares Reach Out Centre offers me regular access to the food bank, lunch program for my kids and community meals my family does not have to go with our meeting their basic needs. Through the Trusteeship program I am receiving help managing my fiances and covering my bases so that I have some piece of mind knowing that I do not have to go it alone; it is like a safety net, I know that some one else is looking out for me that way.”

” I would not want to imagine how difficult life would be without the Reach Out Centre and the wonderful helpful people who go out of their way to help me and my family. I know that when I don’t know where to start with something that comes up ,I can go there and get help. “

( name withheld to protect the privacy of the father and his family)



What does Hunger look like in our Community? Please support SoupFest on April 6

Hunger exists even in our community right here, right now………….

At Port Cares we provide families and individuals with a hot meal when they need it, three times a week and support them through our food bank. We also provide school lunches so local children do not have to go to school hungry.  All of this is done through the generosity of local individuals, and businesses who donate money, food and time to our Reach Out Centre at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne.

Did you know that NO Food Bank in Canada receives any kind of government funding? Everything we do is made possible by donors like you and we thank you for your tremendous support.

Did you know that on average we see 200 kids under the age of 18 at our food bank each month? Or that we provide close to 1000 meals every month to those in need in our community? Want to help out?

You can help us by coming out to SoupFest  on April 6 th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian Hall  at 223 Bell Street in Port Colborne. NC sudent

Students from the Culinary Programs at Port Colborne High School, Lakeshore Catholic High School, Niagara College, and a volunteer team from our own Soup Kitchen at the Reach Out Centre will be cooking up delicious soups for you to enjoy!

The Port Colborne High School band will also be performing, and there will be lots of food, door prizes celebrity guests, and a 50/50 draw for your entertainment. All for the price of a $15.00 ticket.

So don’t bring lunch that day and come on out and support their efforts instead, as they are all working hard to help us raise funds to help the most vulnerable members in our community. Thank you for your support!


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