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The Salvation Army in London – The Centre of Hope
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The work of the Salvation Army in London spans over 125 years. The London Centre of Hope at 281 Wellington Street is located at the “gateway” of downtown and holds 267 emergency beds. As a ministry the Salvation Army in London hold a unified desire to follow the example of Christ within the community. When they see a need, their goal is to help that person regardless of the circumstances that brought trouble their way. In doing so the Salvation Army in London maximizes the potential of their recovery and healing. The main concern is not with what the Salvation Army serve but those they serve.

Matthew 25:35 “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.”


How The Salvation Army in London gives Hope
Hope can come in many ways to the Salvation Army in London. At the Centre of Hope they have built faith and hope into all they do – from the services to men, women and youth who are absolutely homeless to the families they serve in our community who are at risk of homelessness – there is hope.

Hope in a better tomorrow.

Hope that there are people who care.

Hope that the challenges we face in life can be overcome.


How does the Salvation Army in London help through the Centre of Hope?
Click HERE to link to the following list of services available
  • Spiritual Care
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Residential Services
  • Withdrawal Management Centre
  • Community Services
  • Food Bank
  • Back to School Program
  • Christmas Programs
  • Summer Camp
  • Other Programs
  • Emergency Response
  • Sports and Healthy Homes

In this edition of Christian Life in London, we take a closer look at the Homeless Prevention program offered through he Salvation Army in London Centre of Hope

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM
At The Centre of Hope, clients have access to many resources and supports to help them find permanent housing as well as community supports to assist them in becoming a part of their neighbourhood.

HOUSING ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT PLAN TOOL
The Housing Assessment and Support Plan Tool (Housing Tool) is intended to:
  • Within the ‘Housing First’ model, provide comprehensive information pertaining to an individual or families housing profile, history and challenges will form the basis of providing focused service and support.

  • Information regarding a ‘housing profile’ will enable the service provider the ability to identify the housing goals and objectives of the individual or family and it will also serve to strengthen the awareness of the individual or family regarding their own choices for housing.

  • Information regarding the ‘housing history’ of the individual or family will enable the service provider with the individual or family, the ability to identify challenges to acquiring and sustaining housing.

  • Identifying ‘housing challenges’ enables the service provider to focus resources on the challenges that the individual or family faces.

  • A common Housing and Supports Assessment tool acknowledges that the community has a common commitment to assisting individuals and families within a collaborative framework.

RESOURCE ROOMS
Finding suitable housing can take considerable time and assistance. There are two Resource Rooms available for clients, one for women only and one for men and couples. Through the week, CMHA are on-site to assist clients with mental health challenges to find suitable housing. Centre of Hope staff are also available to assist seven days a week.

The Resource Rooms are supplied with computers, telephones, paper and pens as well as apartment listings. Once a week, London Housing Registry is on site to assist.

HOPE TO HOMES PROGRAM
In 2014, 261 Wellington Street transformed from the former Street Connection building into the From Hope to Home building. Here, clients who are moving into permanent housing can “shop” to find items they need to set up their new home.

These items can include bedding, pillows, dishes, glassware and cutlery as well as cleaning supplies and knick-knacks that make a new home have a sense of personal space and ownership.

Hope to Home

IN THE COMMUNITY
Community Supports include twice weekly community meals, community chapel, Soul Food cooking classes for men and our Spiritual Care team will meet clients in the community for follow up and assistance.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
Emergency Shelter


If you or someone you know need a safe place to sleep that is warm, dry and clean our emergency shelter offers 122 beds for men and 26 beds for women. Our residents are supported by 24-hour staff. While you stay with us we provide three nutritious meals a day, clothing and laundry facilities. Referrals for advocacy and counseling can be arranged as needed.

Chaplain’s offices are located on the residential floors to provide Spiritual Care through prayer, discipleship and mentoring. All residents are invited to attend our Community Chapel Services held here on Sundays and Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.

Emergency Shelter/Youth

Youth from the ages of 16 and up can be accommodated in our emergency shelter and are separated from the adult population. We have specialized staff that are trained in working with youth as well as a chaplain who focuses on youth related activities and programs like basketball, hockey, music and other initiatives.

Transitional Housing

Once an individual is registered in an emergency bed they may request to be put on the waiting list for a private room, as currently our private rooms are at capacity and unavailable.

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The Salvation Army is all about people!
“They are our most important asset. We’re looking for volunteers to work with us and we have a variety of volunteer options for you to choose from. Click on the graphic below to see details on the Volunteer Opportunities.

“We’re also looking for qualified and experienced staff to work with us. A career with The Salvation Army is a rewarding one. You get to work everyday with a group of people who want to give back to their community in a meaningful way and help others. Our dedicated and amazing staff would love for you to join us. Click on the graphic below for more information and employment opportunities.”


Can you help? Do you want to know more about the Centre for Hope?


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