vulnerable citizens connected.

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We're in this together.

Through your donations, your time, your service, even being an advocate in the community, we thank you for shining your light into the Harbour.

The citizens we serve are homeless, addicted, mentally ill, traumatized and full of shame.

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We’ve all seen the pictures of children in the back seat of a car with their parents overdosed in the front. What is that? How can it be? It hits us full force. It hurts. We ache for those kids.

Many of the adults we serve are the children of yesteryear who never received the help they needed to recover from neglect, abuse, and all types of unspoken trauma. Self-medicating that pain to numb it away was often the only thing they knew how to do because being sober and feeling all that pain was unbearable.

Some escape it, but many do not. We see it every day. The stealing, lying, destroying of relationships for the money needed to numb that pain. By the time their addiction has hit full force, we don’t like them anymore, we’re scared, and we disconnect. We don’t want to help, or know how.

They were the children in the back seat…and they still need us.

Many people ask us how they can help and love the idea of sponsoring a bed for someone in our programs. We have a variety of options to choose from; You may want to sponsor a shelter mat in either our Mats, People’s Place or Winter Inn Shelter. You can also sponsor a bed in our detox program and help those people who are withdrawing from substances. You can also sponsor a bed in our Housing Programs, either at Harbour House or in our Supported Recovery Housing Program. Rest easier tonight knowing you are helping some of our most vulnerable community members with the basic human need of shelter!

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of our community’s most vulnerable had access to Day Support.

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people in our community who are living in poverty received overnight shelter at People’s Place

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people had a safe place to lay their heads last year in the mats program

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people were able to get in from the cold and use our Warming Center from November to April last year

The following is a list of our most critical needs at this time:

All Programs

  • Socks - Men & Women
  • Men’s underwear – medium & large
  • Women’s underwear – small & medium
  • All Toiletries

    shampoo, chapstick, razors, shaving cream, tampons, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, deodorant, nail clippers, shoelaces

  • Sweat Pants/Pajama Bottoms
  • Ladies leggings - small & medium
  • Jeans - Men (32-38)
  • Sweatshirts, Hoodies, T-shirts - Men & Women, all sizes
  • Warm Wear

    Coats, boots, gloves, mittens, toques, long underwear

  • Laundry Soap
  • Gift Cards

    McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, Denny’s, Humpty’s, Grocery Stores

People’s Place & Harbour House

  • Sheets - twin
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

When collecting for Safe Harbour Programs

  • We willingly accept gently used clothing and linens, please ensure everything is clean.
  • If you purchase a shampoo that you don’t like instead of discarding it please send it to us.  Our guests use all kinds.
  • We use Gift Cards when a guest needs a warm place to go and we have no other option.  If they have a gift card for a restaurant they can legitimately be in the establishment for a coffee and a bite to eat.
  • We share a TON of socks!  There can never be enough socks!  Although we provide bins for our guests to throw their dirty socks (we wash them) it doesn’t always happen.
  • Our guests like to layer up as the weather turns colder.  Flannel pyjama bottoms are perfect for that.
  • 100% of anything donated is used directly for our guests.  If we receive items that we aren’t able to use we donate them to various thrift stores in our city who support Safe Harbour when we require specific items.

We serve all walks of life; your generosity is always appreciated!

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