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.
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.
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.
“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)
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.
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!
Thank you to our generous donors, guests, volunteers and staff for their support of our 5th annual Pancake Brunch. Over 233 meals were served, which is 100 more than the last year. Over $2000 was raised and these funds will go towards housing initiatives and client services at Port Cares. A portion of the sales of the toques will also go the the national “Raising the Roof ” campaign to raise awareness and find solutions to homelessness nationwide.
Thank you again to everyone involved in making this event possible. Because of your kindness we can continue to seek solutions and offer assistance to the 100 individuals in our community that are facing homelessness every year. If you know some one who is in need, please contact our housing coordinator David Anderson for assistance at our 92 Charlotte Street location. 905-834-3629.
Volunteers raise the roof with pancake brunch
On Tuesday Feb.7th over 220 people gathered to support the 5th Annual Pancake Brunch at the Port Cares Reach Out Centre to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness in our community. Guests and volunteers sported the classic “Raising the Roof” toques in support of “Toque Tuesday”, for the national “Raising the Roof”campaign. We would like to thank our generous media sponsors Giant FM, Country 89 and Niagara This Week as well as Tender Cuts for supplying the sausages, the pancake batter was from ADM Milling and other supplies were courtesy of E.D. Smith, the Lakeshore Catholic High School Rowing team,Port Colborne High School, Sobeys and Tim Hortons.
Thank you to all of our guests who enjoyed the delicious meal and the hardworking volunteers and staff without whom this event would not be possible. We would especially like to thank Mayor John Maloney, Mayor April Jeffs, Radio personalities Chuck Lafleur, Brian Salmon, Chrishon and Rob, as well as Shaun Slat from Tender Cuts and Board member Cathy Boggio and ex-Board member Florence MacDonald for serving up the delicious food prepared by our staff and volunteers.
For more information please view these articles published by the local media.
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.
There are many ways to help those in need in our community through Port Cares.
Any gift of your time or a donation of food, a toy or a monetary contribution will all go towards making the Christmas Holidays a brighter and more wondrous time for families and individuals in need in our community. To find out more on how you can help please contact Karin at 905-834-3629 ext. 245.
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.