Our outreach program offers community-based information, resources, and support to low-income individuals in Centre Wellington, Wellington North, Minto, and Mapleton Townships. The focus is on supporting those most in need in the community while promoting self-sufficiency and community involvement.
In each of our support programs, we work under the vision that we reside in a community where every member has the opportunity to succeed. To make that vision reality, we provide resources and support for community members. Our Outreach and Support programs do this by working alongside individuals and families to help them address the needs that pose the most significant challenges to their ability to move forward and remain successful in our community.
Each year, our Emergency Rent/Utility Bank is used by individuals and families to assist with rental and utility arrears as well as deposits. The funds provided are paid directly to landlords and utility providers. Ultimately, this financial assistance works to prevent both disconnection and home eviction for residents in our community.
Information & Referrals
We provide regular and/or ongoing assistance, as well as mid-to-long-term, depending on the level of need and vulnerability. The delivery of aid to our households offers ongoing case management, life skills training, and system navigation of services. With all these supports in place, the desired change is that our families can maintain their housing, find appropriate housing, gain knowledge of available resources, and increase their overall understanding of all agency supports.
Our transportation program provides transportation services to low-income individuals and families in our community who have no other means. We also offer transportation to the Newcomer Program in Drayton.
We currently have 24 volunteer drivers supporting this program! Our transportation continues to help individuals with health, legal, educational, and employment programs throughout the county. These vital appointments support families and allow them to benefit from support provided by other agencies.
Please visit our transportation page to become a driver or request a ride.
Government Advocacy & Information
Our outreach workers can help you access government programs and complete necessary forms such as:
- SIN forms
- Child Tax Credit
- Rent-Geared-to-Income housing applications
- And many others
Homelessness & Support
We can help you find resources for appropriate and affordable housing and, if necessary, emergency housing. The CRC is recognized as a Door Agency in our community; we provide additional programming to assist people at risk of homelessness to remain housed.
Our community outreach workers will determine if the family or individual is experiencing homelessness in one of the following ways:
- Emergency Sheltered
- Provisionally Accommodated
- At Risk
Once the client has been guided through the appropriate steps and it’s deemed appropriate, the staff will then administer the standard assessment tool and offer a case management approach.
Please use the contact form below to get started.
Through our partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency, we have trained volunteers who can complete income tax returns. Participants who meet eligibility criteria may have their income taxes return prepared, completed, and filed at no cost. Having taxes completed and up to date is key to ensuring access to social assistance programs that, in turn, help keep families and individuals housed.
Children and youth have access to local pools for the entire swimming season. This enables them to remain physically active while out of school! They can also participate in this activity with family and friends, allowing them to maintain social connections throughout the summer.
We provide children and youth with a new backpack for back to school! These backpacks include supplies appropriate for their grade level, JK-12.
We feel that having children start school with the necessary supplies to improve their educational outcomes is essential. Research shows education is one of the keys to success in breaking the cycle of poverty, so we aim to have youth begin their school year similar to their peers with new school materials.
Winter Wear Program
Our winter wear program helps bridge the gap for low-income families by removing the burden of purchasing big ticket items like winter clothing, when budgets are tight. We provide winter wear to children 4-18 years who are low-income and living within Centre Wellington & Wellington North. Our winter wear program solely relies on donations and grants. The goal of this program is to provide children living in poverty the equal opportunity as other children in their community and to feel included.
We partner with the Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington to provide low-income parents with gifts, donations, and grocery cards over the holiday season. This dramatically reduces financial stress regarding purchasing gifts for children and paying bills, increasing families’ food security, improving parents’ self-esteem and providing positive holiday experiences to youth.
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