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News at Port Cares

Homelessness is a reality in our community but there is help.

At any given time there could be as many as 100 individuals including families with children who are homeless in our community. They are the families who cannot find affordable housing, and who are struggling with unemployment and poverty. They are the hidden homeless, such as the young person sitting next to your child in school who has been sleeping on someone’s floor or outdoors because they are not safe at home. Or it could be an individual dealing with addiction or mental illness.

Homelessness has many faces. Let us help you or someone you know. At Port Cares we have dedicated staff that will assist individuals facing homelessness and we currently have access to 24 transitional housing units. Together with other community agencies we provide support so individuals can move forward at their own pace and find a place to call home.

Here is a success story we would like to share:  In 2016 our Housing Coordinator Dave advocated for a blind man so he could  to remain in the housing program after his apartment flooded numerous times. “We found him temporary lodging in a motel, negotiated with past and present landlords and established income sources for new apartment costs for moving and last months’ rent. Imagine being blind and on a limited income when everything starts to go wrong. Think about the trust you have to put in someone who states that it will take time when you have just got out of bed in the morning and are standing in water. This individual thanks us almost every day for his safe affordable apartment that he moved into last spring.”

How can you help? Please consider  attending our upcoming Pancake Brunch at our Reach Out Centre on Feb. 7  where we hope to raise funds for our Client Services and Housing initiatives. Thank You.

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Hunger still real in our community and across Ontario

The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) released a new report on November 28th , revealing that over 335,000 individuals — more than one third children — are turning to food banks each month. Despite improvements in the economy, food bank use remains seven per cent higher than pre-recession numbers, and staggering hydro prices and lack of full time  employment are contributing to increased hunger in Ontario.Statistics from Port Cares were included in this report.

More than 1,100 individuals are currently registered at the Reach Out Centre food bank with approximately 500 to 700 of these people receiving service every month.  Approximately one third of the people served every month at the food bank are children under the age of 18.

“We are fortunate because of the care and compassion and giving spirit of our citizens. Port Cares and the Reach Out Centre have been able to provide wholesome and nutritious food because of the generosity of local residents, organizations and businesses who continue to donate to those less fortunate.”


“People in our community are experiencing the same economic pressures as those in other areas of Ontario when it comes to increasing costs for hydroelectricity, transportation and housing.

And increasingly in the colder months, it becomes a very real struggle to put these expenses ahead of feeding themselves and their families,” said Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares.

To donate to our food bank, volunteer or find out how you can help those in need in our community please contact Karin at 905-834-3629 ext.245.


This week is ” Every Plate Full” week across Canada. Please donate to your local Food Banks.

Right now here in the community of Port Colborne there are families and individuals who must rely on the Port Cares Food Bank to be able to feed themselves and the ones they love.

In 2015 we served an average of 615 individuals each month and 218 were children!

Did you know that NO food bank in Canada  receives any kind of support from ANY type of government? Food Banks were created by and are run by community groups, agencies  and citizens who care deeply about the poverty facing many of our fellow community members.

How can you help? Please consider donating your time as a Volunteer or Sponsor a meal at our Food Bank and Reach out Centre at 61 Nickel Street. We also gratefully accept donations of  fresh food and non perishable items in addition to monetary donations.

To learn more please contact our Reach Out Centre at 905-835-1914 or email us at


Did you know that Port Cares is celebrating 30 years of service to our Community in 2016?

We are proud to announce that we have been supporting Community members with access to free services to enhance and improve their lives for over 30 years.

In celebration we will be featuring a different service available at Port Cares on a regular basis so you can learn more about our programs and services and see if we can be of assistance to you or someone you know. It is also a great way for us to look back at how far we have journeyed as a community agency and thank everyone who has been involved with Port Cares for their outstanding dedication and contributions. 30thPortCares_Stacked_Twitter_Rast-01


Port Cares celebrates National Volunteer Week

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week. Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. At Port Cares, we are very fortunate to have several dedicated, wonderful and caring volunteers.  Please join us in celebrating these amazing individuals! If you are interested in Volunteering please contact Shelby Hemingway at

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Enjoy Family Day -Port Cares is celebrating 30 years of serving our Community!

Port Cares began in 1986 and we have been working hard to support families and individuals in need in Port Colborne and surrounding communities. We offer many services to families at the Reach out Centre and at 92 Charlotte Street, which includes our Ontario Early Years Centre. Come on out and explore!

As part of our celebrations this year  we will be featuring one of our many programs each month on our Website, Facebook, Twitter and in the Media and we invite you to explore the many way we can assist you this year.

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Masquerade Fundraising Dinner and Auction Gala raises funds for vital programs at Port Cares.

A huge thank you to our Sponsors, Donors, Volunteers and Guests who attended the 2015 Masquerade Dinner and Auction Gala on November 13th.
You helped us to raise close to $50,000 for vital programs here at Port Cares.

Your  generosity  will assist us to continue to offer  food and crisis  and housing support to individuals and families in need in the year to come.

Port Cares exists to assist those in need regardless of their circumstances and everyone is welcome and on behalf of all of the clients we serve we thank you for your generosity and continued support.


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Thank you for the generous donations of food to our Reach Out Centre and Food Bank this Fall.

food bank image AmandaThe following schools and local community groups have all held food drives  this Fall to help fill the shelves at the Food Bank. Thanks to their efforts we are able to continue to provide 3 hot meals a week and provide over 700 individuals from our community with food from our Food Bank every month. Thank You!!!!!


St John Bosco Catholic Elementary

St. Patrick’s Catholic Elementary

St. Therese Catholic Elementary

Lakeshore Catholic High School

Port Colborne District 6 Police Service

The Port Colborne Scouts

The Port Colborne Lionesses

The Bridge Boys

The Wellandport Sportsmen Club

Bethel United Church

Central United Church

First Lutheran Church

St James/St Brendan Anglican

The Jericho House

Brethren in Christ Church

The New Apostolic Church

Port of Grace Church

Morgan’s Point United Church

Christ Church Wainfleet

First United Church

Whiskey Run Golf Club

Country Boys Club