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The mission of Village of Hope Niagara is to alleviate food insecurity, enhance nutrition, and strengthen independence with those who struggle financially and emotionally. Through involvement with our direct assistance, positive programs, and resource referrals we are making a difference in our community.
Compassion first is the mantra of our charitable agency. Extending a hand up when someone in our community asks for help is our primary mission. Empathy motivates our assisting a community member in crisis. The desire to help one another is at the cornerstone of the programs and services we offer.
Lincoln residents are encouraged to register with Village of Hope Niagara if they are finding themselves unable to provide for their own food needs on their current income. Village of Hope Niagara maintains a well stocked space of fresh, and refrigerated fresh fruits and vegetables (locally donated, and from our Community Garden while in season), as well as nonperishables, breads and baked goods, and personal care, and household cleaning products items that they may be needing. This service is offered throughout the year, and delivery is available for those where transportation is an issue.
Emergency Shelter-Utility Program
Village of Hope Niagara works closely with, and advocates for registered clients to ensure stability of shelter and continuity of utility service at all times. Keeping clients in stable shelter with utility access connected saves them money, and maintains a good credit rating.
Back To School Campaign
Village of Hope Niagara works to reduce obstacles to the success of children in families enduring financial stress. The children of our neighbours in need, despite circumstances, have the same aspirations for their futures. With your support, we do all we can to lower the hurdles that would hinder their way. A sponsored child will have their school supplies, lunch containers, and healthy snacks, for their year ahead. Our Back to School program assists children returning to school in need of assistance, they do not need to register for the food bank, and only minimal basic information is required. An internet subsidy is also available to those families where it would be of benefit.
Budgeting-Income Tax Preparation
Village of Hope Niagara believes strongly that we need to work together to make a difference, all clients are encouraged to attend budgeting sessions throughout the year, and complimentary income tax preparation. This has proven successful for many registered clients.
Village of Hope Niagara will provide assistance for those needing help to navigate the system from Niagara Region Healthy Smiles Program, to applying for Social Assistance our qualified staff and volunteers are here to help
"Thank you Village of Hope for the hours you spent with me on the phone and in person. I was on the brink of eviction till I came to you. Through you speaking with my landlord, helping me to budget and paying money towards my rent, my family will be staying in our home of 8 years. Never will I fall behind again. Vineland is our forever home."
Meal Planning-Cooking Classes
Registered clients are encouraged to sign up for meal planning and cooking classes scheduled throughout the year. Instruction on preparing salsas, jams and preserves are just a few of the culinary preparations Village of Hope Niagara sponsors. Clients receive professional instruction on safe food handling and storage, as well as go home with a treat for their families.
Season of Hope Program
All registered clients receive a Season of Hope Hamper with everything they need to prepare a traditional turkey supper. The hamper also includes gifts for each individual. In December, Village of Hope Niagara serves up a traditional dinner for our community of clients. Thanks to the many volunteers who serve, cook and provide an evening of Season of Hope celebration to those who struggle in our community. Santa also makes an appearance, and provides a new gift for every child.
Food 1st Program
A collaborative effort between Village of Hope Niagara, Health Links and Community Support Services in which targeted clients at risk of repeat emergency medical services receive a personalized fresh food box on a weekly basis. This service is provided indefinitely.
Each time client families access the Food Program they receive Village of Hope NiagaraDollars, which can be redeemed for clothes, shoes and coats at our Village of Hope Niagara Thrift Store Centre.
It Takes a Village Program
It Takes a Village revolutionizes the way in which Village of Hope Niagara significantly impacts the lives of community members in need. Utilizing a network of community partners, It Takes a Village meets the most pressing needs of Village of Hope Niagara clients across the Niagara Region. On a proactive basis, Village of Hope Niagara reviews client needs and depending upon the need, a community partner is contacted. Consultation occurs at Village of Hope Niagara, and a solution that best meets the needs of the client results. This collaborative effort between Village of Hope Niagara and community business partners and donors, positively addresses emergency, beyond-budget needs.
Safe at Home Program
Village of Hope Niagara provides furniture and household items to families, seniors and individuals registered as clients, facing times of crisis in their lives and find themselves without the basic necessities to furnish their homes.
Birthday Wishes Program
Village of Hope Niagara clients are invited to come in to our centre the week of their child’s birthday and choose two new gifts, plus party supplies. They will also receive a voucher for a birthday cake from Culp’s Vineland Foodland.