Christmas Kettles

Posted on Nov 01 , 2018 in Family Services

Christmas Kettles

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Will you stand at a Kettle and make a difference this Christmas?

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season. Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

What is the history of Salvation Army Kettles?
In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee wanted  to help the vulnerable in San Francisco, especially during the Christmas season, but he didn’t know where to get funding to do so. He remembered, during his earlier days in Liverpool, England, seeing a large kettle where passengers of boats that docked nearby were able to toss coins to help the poor. Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing, and encouraged the public to “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He collected enough to host a Christmas dinner for the poor. The first time a kettle was used in Canada was in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1906.

What happens to the money raised?
Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.9 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society. This means providing food for families year-round who can’t afford it, assistance with hydro, rent and other basic human needs. At Christmas time, we provide hampers of food for the needy to have a Christmas meal, and toys for children.

What is involved when volunteering at a Kettle?
All you need to do is stand by the kettle with a smile on your face! Chairs are available if you need to sit. One shift is only two hours.

Schedule your shift by calling:
Chatham/Ridgetown/Blenheim – 519-350-4599
Wallaceburg – 519-627-8257

Family Services Locations in Chatham-Kent

Posted on Apr 03 , 2017 in Family Services

Family Services Locations in Chatham-Kent

Chatham
19 Raleigh St.
519-354-1430
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9am-noon, 1pm-4pm

Wallaceburg
600 Lowe Ave.
519-627-8257
New Hours:
Mondays by appointment only
Tues.-Fri. 9am-11:45am, 1pm-4pm

Ridgetown
18 Main St. E.
519-674-3765

Blenheim
24 Talbot St. E.
(basement of Baptist Church)
519-674-3765

Christmas Food & Toy Hampers

Posted on Oct 22 , 2014 in Family Services

Christmas Food & Toy Hampers

Every year we provide assistance at Christmas time through our hamper program.   Anyone who is in need of some help with Christmas are asked to pre-register for a hamper.

Registration from November 1st -30th!
Clients must bring ID and proof of income in order to register
All registrations must be done in person 

Registrations can be done at three different locations:

Chatham     19 Raleigh St.     519-354-1430
Wallaceburg     600 Lowe Ave.     519-627-8257
Ridgetown     18 Main St.     519-674-3765

Blenheim hampers are done through the Blenheim ministerial and they process their own registration.

TOYS NEEDED – in order to brighten a child’s Christmas, we provide toy hampers for children ages 0-12.   We ask for donations of appropriate toys to meet this need.    If you would like to do a toy drive, please contact the local Salvation Army family services offices for signage and bins.

For the older children this year we are hoping to provide them with gift cards.   If you are able to donate a gift card to a food place, or department store that would be appreciated.   Amounts can vary, but should be between $10 – $20.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide during our Christmas campaign.

Housing Support

Posted on Jul 24 , 2014 in Family Services

Housing Support

To help prevent homelessness by providing support and assistance to those in need of adequate, affordable, permanent housing in Chatham-Kent.”

Tenant Assistance

  • Homelessness and Emergency Housing
  • Utility Crisis Fund
  • Affordable Housing Lists
  • Housing Laws
  • Advocacy
  • Landlord Mediation
  • Referrals to Other Agencies
  • 24/7 After Hours Emergency Assistance
  • Winter Warmth Utility Assistance Program

Emergency Homeless Response Line

Chatham-Kent Launches an Emergency Homeless Response Line – 519.354.6628 – on August 1, 2014
People facing homeless crisis situations will be able to call 519.354.6628 for after-hour service Monday through Friday 4:30pm to 8am and 24 hours/day on weekends and holidays. Callers will be screened, diverted to safe alternative housing, or, referred to local emergency accommodations. All callers will be referred to local community supports and services for help in finding stable long-term housing. Here is a fact sheet for the Emergency Homeless Response Line: Homeless Response Line Fact Sheet

Food Bank Items Needed!

Posted on Apr 30 , 2014 in Family Services

Food Bank Items Needed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          List of items currently in need of:

Canned Vegetables
Canned Meat
Pork ‘n Beans
Mac & Cheese (KD)
Pasta Sauce

Always need toiletries: toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant,  feminine products, toothpaste

Drop Off Locations:

Blenheim—Food bank (24 Talbot St)

Chatham—Family Services (19 Raleigh St.)
Thrift Store (456 St. Clair St)
Church (46 Orangewood Blvd)
UCB Radio (40 Centre Street)

Ridgetown-Family Services (18 Main St)

Wallaceburg—Family Services (600 Lowe),
No Frills( 2 Warwick Drive)

 

 

Budget Management

Posted on Feb 18 , 2014 in Family Services

Budget Management

To provide a comprehensive money management structure and skills to help stabilize and maintain clients finances.”

Money Management

  • Budget Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Debt Negotiation
  • Debt Repayment Plan
  • Bills Paid Direct by Trustee
  • Referrals to Other Agencies

Food Bank

Posted on Feb 18 , 2014 in Family Services

Food Bank

Our food banks are located in Blenheim, Chatham, Ridgetown and Wallaceburg.   They exists to meet a practical need of food for clients every 30 days.    Clients are asked to bring ID when accessing food bank.   Income and expenses information is helpful, but not mandated.

Family services provides assistance with the following:

 

  • Food Assistance
  • Fire Victims
  • Travel Vouchers
  • Clothing
  • Essential Furniture and Household Items
  • Free Daily Bread
  • Christmas Food and Toy Hampers - Registration required & done in November.
  • Summer Residential Camp for Children ages 7 – 17.
  • Summer Day Camps (Chatham) – grades JK -8

Family Services Offices:  Chatham 519-354-1430.   Ridgetown/Blenheim 519-674-3765.  Wallaceburg 519-627-8257.

The Food Bank is always in need of donations of food and other items.

We also accept donations of fresh fruits & vegetables.  Also meat is an item that we are in short supply.   Meat (frozen/fresh) needs to be ready to give out.   Our preference is ground meat as it is easiest to give to all our clients.   Please call if you have any questions.

Large donations of fresh and frozen items are accommodated through our warehouse where we have a walk-in cooler & freezer.  All items at the warehouse are distributed to our four food banks as needed by each location.

 

Youth Support

Posted on Feb 18 , 2014 in Family Services

Youth Support

Our Youth Support program exists for youth 16 to 21 years of age.   The purpose is to provide support in many different areas for youth.   While the primarly assistance is around finding safe, permanent housing, this program offers supports with financial issues, family issues, school issues, and others.   Each youth is an individual so most of the services are provided one-on-one to fully meet the needs of the youth.

Youth Support provides assistance in the following areas.

  • Homelessness
  • Transportation to Emergency Housing
  • “Available Housing” Lists
  • Landlord Mediation
  • Family Mediation
  • Ongoing Support
  • Advocacy & Mentoring
  • Life Skills Training in a Group and one-on-one.
  • Referrals

Youth support caseworker can be reached through our Chatham office 519-354-1430 and helps youth in all of Chatham-Kent, meeting youth where they are.