Many of you have been asking how you can help Headwaters Health Care Centre. We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness and willingness to support our hospital and community during this challenging time.
One way you can express your gratitude for our hard working staff and COVID-19 Assessment Centre volunteers is by making an online donation in their honour or to COVID-19 Response at www.hhcfoundation.com.
It’s important our community has access to the best care, close to home, and we need you now more than ever.
We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Ministry of Health’s website at www.ontario.ca/covid to learn what you can do to flatten the curve. Follow Headwaters Health Care Centre on Facebook and Twitter @HeadwatersHC to see our regular updates surrounding COVID-19. The Foundation Team is currently working remotely – please visit www.hhcfoundation.com under the Contact Us page if you need to get in touch with anyone on the team. We thank everyone for their support so far.
CHOICES Youth Shelter is a non-profit organization providing temporary supportive accommodations and services for youth 16-24 years of age who are experiencing homelessness. Since 2001, CHOICES has kept our most vulnerable youth safe while helping them to transition to a brighter future. CHOICES offers the only emergency shelter for youth in Dufferin County.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CHOICES has implemented several changes to continue providing a safe environment for youth experiencing homelessness and the hard-working, dedicated frontline staff who support them:
• Increased operating times and staffing levels to keep the shelter open 24/7 with staff onsite
• Readjusted accommodations in accordance with Public Health guidance
• Repurposed space for isolation and quarantine rooms
• Purchased Personal Protective Equipment for staff
• Significantly increased cleaning and health-related expenses
We need your help
These changes, while necessary, have further exacerbated our existing funding shortfall as donations have fallen over the last year and puts the shelter’s continued operations in jeopardy. While Dufferin County generously provides significant funding, CHOICES depends on Grants and Community donations for over 50% of our budget. CHOICES is reaching out to our supporters and friends in a special appeal for donations to help us address these challenges.
How the donations will be used
All proceeds raised go directly to shelter operations such as paying front line staff and purchasing extra protective equipment and supplies, making a positive impact on both residents and staff.
How you can help
Please donate today to help keep youth experiencing homelessness in Dufferin County safe. Any amount of support would be greatly appreciated.
Funds can be donated via our GoFundMe page.
Thank you to our community, friends and Dufferin County for your continued support.
Choices Board, Staff, Volunteers and Residents.
We are doing our best to respond as appropriate following the recommendations of public health and ministry authorities, and in adherence to our internal policies and procedures, and our strong agency values. To protect our clients and staff, we are currently not permitting visitors at our Orangeville, Bolton and Shelburne sites. Groups and workshops – existing and forthcoming – have been cancelled until further notice. Counselling appointments have been rescheduled to take place virtually, where possible. We recognize that this is a time of high stress and anxiety for many. Our person-centred approach to serving our community remains. We are here for you.
Our 24/7 Crisis/Support Line will continue to be answered as usual. If you need support, please reach out.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
The unwavering support of our community continues to provide hope and comfort to us all, and the families that rely on us, during this exceptional and evolving time.
We are currently, and unfortunately, unable to accept donations of any items at Family Transition Place. Monetary donations may still be made through our website at https://familytransitionplace.ca/ and are very much appreciated. Thank you.
While our office and our three ReStores remain closed to the public at this time, we have launched an online shopping experience on our Fergus ReStore Facebook page. New items are posted regularly. Payment can be made by calling 519-787-0887, and contactless curb-side pick up of items is available at the Fergus ReStore location. We are unable to accept donated items at this time, but please consider storing your items until we can reactivate our acceptance policies. Please check our website and social media for updates. www.habitatwdg.ca @HabitatWDG @ReStoreFergus
During these uncertain times, a monetary donation of any amount helps Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph and our ReStores to continue to be an active part of our community, by helping families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. www.habitatwdg.ca/donate.
Headwaters Pet Food Bank
Are you struggling to feed your pets during Covid-19?
Hi Amanda from Headwaters Pet Food Bank here.
We are still open but no longer mobile. If you are in need of pet food you are welcome to pick up from our Orangeville location at 10 Stewart Court on Monday, Wednesday or Thursdays 12-3 as & when you need pet food.
Feel call ahead to have your food put aside.
Access is still once a month.
Our office and our three ReStores are closed at this time, and we are unable to accept donated items. Please check our website and social media for updates. During these uncertain times, a monetary donation of any amount helps Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph and our ReStores to continue to be an active part of our community, by helping families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. www.habitatwdg.ca/donate.
In just a few short weeks, our world has changed. The impacts of COVID-19 have been swift and far-reaching. But this situation has also reminded us what is truly important. In simple terms, the most important gifts we can give others are compassion, respect, and genuine caring. That’s what hospice care has always been about.
Our wonderful and dedicated Bethell Hospice Care Team continues to provide outstanding care to our residents and their families, and has looked for additional ways to ensure the best possible support in these challenging times. Our Clinical Team facilitates Facetiming between residents and those unable to visit, and brings around a ‘compassionate care cart’ of coffee, tea and cookies to visitors on a regular basis. Our Social Work Team is providing limited in-person support, but extensive virtual support to our residents and their families. The team has also created and distributed ‘comfort kits’ for our residents and visitors to offer activities, resources and extra support.
Amid COVID-19, the health and safety of our residents, visitors, staff and volunteers has been our highest priority. So too is the health and safety of our event participants. In accordance with the best advice of our federal and provincial Medical Advisors of Health, we will unfortunately need to postpone our Hike for Bethell Hospice. Through the days and weeks ahead, we also anticipate further changes to our fundraising event schedule. We are, of course, concerned about the impact these changes will have on fundraising, but we know it is the only responsible course of action in response to the current global health crisis. For the latest updates on our event schedule, please visit our website at foundation.bethellhospice.org
We look forward to brighter days ahead, and are confident that, together, we will weather this storm. We are incredibly grateful for your past support and your belief in the importance of Bethell Hospice in our community, and we know you will be there for us in the future. Please know how grateful we are for your compassion and your generosity.
Stay well, and stay safe.
Like every organization in Dufferin County, we at the Orangeville Food Bank have recently had to adjust to the changing needs in our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, we were able to anticipate a surge in demand and rapidly create Dufferin Food Share in partnership with several amazing organizations, including the Salvation Army, St. Mark’s Anglican Church, the Café at the Centre, Westminster United Church, the Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Grand Valley Food Bank.
As we continue to meet the needs of all those affected by the economic impact of the pandemic, we also continue to work in the background implementing our strategic plan to ensure we continue to be a sustainable community supported agency able to meet the needs of a growing community. To this end, we realized that our building for the last several years was simply not large enough for our needs, and in 2019 we initiated the process to find a more suitable location. The Board and Executive Director worked with local realtors and ultimately found a building close to our current location and certainly more ideally suited for our purpose. After securing financing, we are in the process of purchasing the property and are currently working with several partners to develop a design and begin renovations.
What does this mean for the Orangeville Food Bank? It means we will be able to improve how we deliver service while, longer term, reducing our operating expenses. More importantly, what does this mean for our clients? It means that every client will continue to be able to access nutritious food in a supportive and dignified environment and we will be able to store more of it safely to meet the increased demand.
The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on every facet of our nation and we at the Orangeville Food Bank are focused on meeting the needs of our local community today while preparing to continue to care for our community in the future. In the coming weeks and months, we will share more information about this project but for now we will, along with our Dufferin Food Share partners, continue to be a neighbour helping neighbours.
This list was compiled from businesses who answered our “roll call” on Facebook and provided additional information. Members: If your name isn’t on this list, please click the link below to email us, providing the above information, and we will add your name as soon as possible.