Category Archives: Current Programs at Port Cares

Current Port Cares Programs and Activities

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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Our Community garden is thriving and we welcome you to enjoy it.

Our Community Garden is a wonderful teaching garden located on Davis Street in Port Colborne where fun and practical workshops about alternative gardening methods are offered to everyone of all ages. We offer hands on opportunities for families to grow their own food, cook it and share it at a family meal on Tuesday at 11 am in our nearby community kitchen. Family Meal

Children as young a preschoolers are learning about their environment in our garden. We also offer cooking circles on Monday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm after school. Our farm to table cooking circles use fresh food grown by the children in their own plots in this multi use garden. Youth in the Kitchen   Kids in the Kitchen

We encourage you to come and share a meal at our Reach Out Centre with fresh food that has grown in our community garden. Or simply come for the rest in our peaceful garden and healing circle. Contact Brian at 905-835-1914 for more information on how you can join in and grow your own vegetables.

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We are here to help you…………….

Did you know that here at Port Cares we offer a full range of confidential and supportive advocacy and referral services to people in need? We offer crisis intervention and outreach, referrals to mental health and addiction counselling, access to legal professionals, assistance with housing and emergency relief for utility payments.
At Port Cares if you are in crisis or in need we will take care of you.
Please contact us at 905-834-3629 or drop by our 92 Charlotte Street location in Port Colborne for support.CS image 1

Port Cares now offers a Youth Justice Program to help young adults and parents.

Did you know that Port Cares offers a Youth Justice program for young adults and their parents in our community?

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The NYJC is an alternative to formal court proceedings for youth, 12-17 years-old, who have committed minor offenses. The NYJC serves the entire Niagara region and accepts referrals from Police and Crown Attorneys. Call 905-834-3629 ext.242 to learn more.

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Our Ontario Early Years Child & Family Centre is a great resource for you and your children.

Ontario Early Years centers provide a one- stop opportunity for pre and postnatal supports, parenting resources and programs, playgroups, as well as linkages to community resources.
We have strong relationships with Niagara Region Public Health, Strive, YMCA to name a few community partners.
Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centers are a place to build something meaningful for the service of the family and are open to all parents and children (age 0-6). Visit us at 92 Charlotte Street in Port Colborne or call 905-834-9071 for more information.
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Our Food Bank is here for you!

Did you know that our Food Bank  is open to all residents of our community in demonstrated need? We have served over 494 individuals on average every month so far this year and we gave out an average of 14,800 pounds of food per month!  We are here to help you with food, clothing, counselling, access to other services and much more!

Our Food Bank is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.   Visit us at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne to learn more or call us at 905-835-1914.


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Did you know that we offer a free school lunch kit program?

Port Cares offers a free Lunch Kit program to children in our community through our
Food Bank. We distributed an average of 200 kits per month for the current 2015/2016 school year! That equates to 1000 lunches. Both elementary and high school students can access this program. So, if you are a parent and need help to make sure your child has enough food for school lunches please contact us at 905-835-1914 or visit us at 61 Nickel Street. Eligible Parents can receive 1 kit per week per child.

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This program is only made possible by donations from community members like you. Special thanks go to the Branscombe Family Foundation, Ontario Association of Food Banks, Wayne Elliott of RAW Materials Inc. and the BIC Church Port Colborne.

If you are able to donate please drop off donations to 61 Nickel Street. Thank You!
Together with your support NO child in our community should be going to school hungry and we thank you for your generosity.