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*HOPE House is a registered charity in Canada with 90% of our funding comes from individuals and businesses such as you. All donations over $10 will receive a charitable income tax receipt. Our registered charity number is 827120908 RR0001.

There are people in Guelph who need your help right now. Any donation goes a long way:

  • $25 will provide 500 cups of hot coffee
  • $50 will provide hygiene products for the Food Market
  • $150 will provide the ingredients for an Edu-Kitchen class
  • $250 will provide a 6 months supply of diapers for the Food Market
  • $500 will provide 70 families fresh produce for a week
  • $1,000 will buy fresh eggs, fruit, and vegetables for our Food Market
  • $5,000 will provide 100 individuals with a weekly hot breakfast for 6 months

Pledging $20 a month will ensure that our clothing market will have seasonal basics such as coats, warm socks, pants, and shoes all year round.



Immediate Relief Programs

Food Market – At HOPE House we believe in both the power of food and the power of choice. Our Food Market allows community members the dignity of choosing their groceries through our innovative choice-based, bucks-based system. Much like going to the grocery store with a budget, community members walk through the aisles selecting the food and hygiene items which appeal to their needs.

HOPE Stylin’  – This program encompasses a free clothing bureau and a minimum cost hair salon operated by volunteer salon professionals. Hope Stylin’ is able to offer our community members pride in their appearance that may have previously been unavailable. Knowing the confidence that comes when people feel good about their appearance, this program allows our community members to empower themselves and feel great about how they look!

Café – Our daily café is a welcoming place that offers a light selection of food to provide nutrition and warmth for those in need. Hot coffee, tea and water are always available in the café for anyone who would like to drop in—come in and see us anytime!

Community Breakfast – Every Wednesday morning volunteers led by Community Living prepare a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, sausage and pancakes for approximately 80 -120 people. All are welcome!

Harvest of HOPE –  Crops grown at Ignatius Farm are used to supply the Food Market with fresh produce throughout the summer and fall months. Each year, we harvest more than 50,000 lbs of fresh produce, and because we cannot use it all, the surplus is donated and delivered to other local service providers through our HOPE in Motion delivery vehicles. This ensures that people accessing different service points throughout the city can get good-quality, farm fresh produce.

HOPE in Motion –  We bring large quantities of food and daily necessities into HOPE House for our community members using our cargo van and cube truck. We also help deliver HOPE to other service providers by sharing any overflow we have. It’s all about partnering with others so that HOPE can be multiplied throughout the city.

Ongoing Support Programs

Social Work Services - Our social workers respond to the needs of HOPE House community members on a daily basis. They offer a variety of services including system navigation, crisis prevention and intervention, referrals, and healthy living education. 

Circles® – Circles® is designed to help families living in poverty set goals and move towards independence. Through intentional, reciprocal relationships formed between low-income and middle-income families, we create a “circle” of support so that families looking to lead themselves out of poverty have the social and educational resources available to them to make this a reality.

Creative Outlets – We offer a number of arts based programs for community members to express themselves, develop self advocacy, build community, and learn new skills

  • Creative Connections offers non structured arts based activities in a welcoming and mutual support environment.
  • Chords of HOPE is our in house rhythm band. Community members reap the many benefits of music as they gather together in song. 


Ongoing items needed to keep our Food Market stocked for our clients:

New Hygiene Items Food Items Clothing Items Household Items
  • Deodorant
  • Body wash
  • Body lotion
  • Womens feminine products
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Makeup
  • Denture supplies
  • Toothpaste
  • Diapers: Size 3, 4, & 5
  • Baby products
  • Adult absorbent briefs
  • ChapStick
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Meat
  • Tuna
  • Pablum
  • Ground coffee
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs (graded)
  • Cold cereal
  • Juice
  • Oil
  • Ensure
  • Alternative nut butters
  • Canned whole tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned or dry beans
  • Gluten-free products
  • New womens underwear (all sizes)
  • New mens underwear (all sizes)
  • New socks (all sizes)
  • Mens jeans (all sizes)
  • Mens shoes: size 12+
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap

  *Corporations interested in donating product at least monthly please consider becoming a Giver of HOPE.   

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