Are you looking for a place to bring your child to play and learn new activities? Over 14,900 children between the age of 0-6 visited our centres in 2016/17 and we have many services to offer you.
Do you as a parent and caregiver want to connect with other parents and learn more about the resources available to you and your child in the community?
Our Port Cares Ontario Early Year Centres are here to help you. There is no cost for any of our programs. Come on out and visit us at one of our 4 sites. You can also reach us at 1-866-933-9633 or OEYC Information .
Port Cares offers parents and youth access to the Niagara Youth Justice Program (NYJ) through our onsite Niagara Youth Justice Manager Heather Ranger, MSW.
This program offers an alternative to formal court proceedings for youth, 12-17 years-old, who have committed minor offences. Over 80 youth were assisted through our program in 2016/17. The NYJ serves the entire Niagara region and accepts referrals from Police and Crown Attorneys.
Youth Justice Committees (YJC) are based on restorative justice principles which gives priority to the accountability and the needs of the youth, needs of the victim, and community wellness and healing. This is done through community conferencing that involves trained community members who meet with persons harmed, accused young people and their parents/caregivers to negotiate an appropriate way for the young person to make amends for their actions.
By offering this program Port Cares provides an opportunity for those who have been harmed and the broader community to have a role in dealing with offences committed by young persons.
This program was established under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.
For more information please contact Heather Ranger at 905-834-3629 ext. 242.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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
Volunteering at Port Cares
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.