Welcome In Drop-in Centre - Guelph, Ontario
It is 5 a.m. in the morning and in Guelph, Ontario, Christine Leyser IBVM is opening the doors of the Welcome in Drop in Centre. This ritual has taken place on a daily basis since 1983 when Sr. Christine and a group of local volunteers opened the doors for the first time. The Drop in Centre provides nutritious meals, friendship, support and guidance to hundred’s of Guelph’s neediest residents everyday. The Welcome in Drop in Centre is a haven and a caring community for homeless persons, those suffering from mental illness, isolation and economic marginalization.
The success of the Centre is largely due to the over 80 community volunteers who provide a myriad of services. The Drop in Centre has a close association with several other community services. A volunteer responds to approximately 70 calls daily from people in need of transportation, medication, emergency transit money, food or clothing. Volunteers link those in need with Outreach Workers from the Community Mental Health Centre, Homewood, Canadian Mental Health Association, St Vincent de Paul Store and the Community Alcohol and Drug Agency. Volunteers also arrange for transportation, accommodation and provide in home assistance for the elderly.
“Seek to do good and do it well.”
- Emergency housing is an urgent need for many who come to the Drop in Centre. The Stepping Stone is an emergency shelter, a home that provides peace and safety, a place to rest and staff to listen. Staff at the Stepping Stone attend to needs for emotional support, clothing and referral to other community agencies.
- The Dwelling Place provides a supportive home where life skills are fostered and gifts are nourished. The length of stay depends on the need of each individual.
- Elizabeth Place, established in 2003, is a shelter for women and children. The house offers a homelike atmosphere and is within walking distance of the downtown area of Guelph.
- Yorkhaven developed in 19991, is a non-profit hosing development of 14 townhouses and twenty four single suites. Yorkhaven offers permanent low rental accommodation to the population that uses the Welcome in Drop in Centre. Two IBVM Sisters, Christine Leyser and Donata Dean are happy residents of the Yorkhaven community.
- Donata Dean IBVM and residents of Yorkhaven.
- Donata Dean IBVM and friend enjoy the garden at Yorkhaven.