Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Hope Haven working with Wallaceburg and Chatham churches and organizations to help those experiencing homelessness

Chatham Hope Haven has announced they are working with organizations and churches in Chatham and Wallaceburg to provide food, clothes and personal hygiene products to those experiencing homelessness.

“We know that there are people out there who might not know about Hope Haven, and we need to reach them,” said Loree Bailey, general manager, in a press release.

“We offer food, clothing, laundry, showers, and a hot meal to those in need. We don’t want people to be homeless. When we connect with them, we provide the information they need to access the supports and services offered by community partners and the municipality.”

Bailey added: “We have been providing these services for a long time. We want to find everyone that can benefit from what we have. We know that there are people who may not be comfortable coming to our facility, even though they are hungry. We need to find those people, and we need the help of other groups to do that. There are so many kind and caring people out here doing this work and we are thrilled to partner with them.”

In addition to necessities, they also hand out bus passes so that people in Wallaceburg can get into Chatham to Hope Haven’s downtown location.

“Sadly, homelessness is growing in our Chatham-Kent community,” Bailey added.

“It isn’t just in Chatham. If we are going to really make a difference, we have let people know we are out here for them.”

Anyone interested in helping out with Hope Haven’s outreach is asked to email chathamhopehaven@gmail.com.

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