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Wondering how you can support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you’d like to support vulnerable people through Wesley, you can make a secure, online donation to Wesley for emergency food and supplies. Learn about the other ways you can help, such as donating items and volunteering at: https://wesley.ca/howtohelp/

UPDATED AUGUST 2020

During August we expanded the Day Centre’s hours to be open on weekday evenings. We’ve also taken on the quarantine process for street-involved people with COVID-19 which the City of Hamilton previously operated. Our children’s team are working to open all remaining children, youth & family programs in September, including Before & After School Care and EarlyOn Child & Family Centres.

UPDATED JULY 6, 2020

On Monday July 6, our Child Care Centre re-opened at 80 Queen Street North. We also launched our Virtual Summer Camp with ‘Camp in a Bag’ that includes crafts and other activities that kids can do at home. Many of our other programs are starting to see clients in person again, such as the First Start Food Training program and Newcomer Services. Meals are also now available at First Start Café by takeaway by appointment only.

UPDATED May 25, 2020

As you know, many of our programs have continued, as they provide essential services to marginalized and vulerable people. Since the COVID-19 crisis, here;s a snapshot of some of our program impacts;


UPDATED May 6, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 at Wesley Supportive Housing has now ended. More details on the current status of cases in Hamilton can be found in the Hamilton Spectator article here: https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/05/05/covid-19-coronavirus-latest-news-hamilton.html

UPDATED May 1, 2020

In response to increased and sustained demand in the community related to the COVID-19 crisis, the Wesley Day Centre will be open for more hours per week in May and June 2020.

The Day Centre will be open every weekday (Monday-Friday) from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and from 12:30 – 5 p.m. on Sundays.

UPDATED April 23, 2020

We are experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 at Wesley Supportive Housing. This is a residential program for individuals living with a dual diagnosis including intellectual disabilities. At this time we are focused on the well-being of clients, families and staff in this program. We are working closely with the YWCA Hamilton — our program partner — as well as Hamilton Public Health.

Testing of staff and clients at Wesley Supportive Housing has yielded the following results:

–        4 clients tested positive; 4 clients tested negative and 1 client pending results (9 clients in total in this program)

–        2 Wesley staff tested positive; 2 YWCA staff tested positive; 1 Wesley staff pending results and 2 YWCA pending results

–        There are additional Wesley staff that have been given negative results

We continue to follow all Public Health recommendations and Wesley Pandemic Policies. We are taking every precaution to contain the spread of this virus and to keep our clients and staff safe. Thank you to all of our staff, partners, donors and volunteers who are helping us respond to this outbreak with donations of personal protective equipment and other critical support.

UPDATED April 17, 2020

Yesterday we learned that a client at Wesley Supportive Housing has tested positive for COVID-19. We are maintaining confidentiality of the individual, however, family members of the clients and the staff who work at this location have been notified, as has, of course, Hamilton Public Health.

Across the agency, we have been working hard to prepare for today and we have a plan in place.

Our primary concern is keeping our staff and clients safe and healthy and so, we will continue to abide by any directives issued by Public Health concerning their well-being.  We are also following our COVID-19 Pandemic Plan for the organization and for the program and working closely with Public Health and our program partners.

We are taking every precaution to contain the spread of this virus and to keep our clients and staff safe. Every resident at that location is now self-isolating. As per direction from Public Health, staff who work at the site are to self-monitor and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which we are supplying. Hamilton Public Health will provide us with additional PPE as needed. We want to thank the staff at Wesley Supportive Housing, the YWCA, the City of Hamilton and the community for their support during this time. The City of Hamilton is keeping track of cases here.

UPDATED March 16, 2020

On Monday March 16, CityHousing Hamilton closed the 3rd floor of First Place Seniors Residence. First Start Café and the Food Service Training Program will be closed until further notice. You can still email firststart.cafe@wesley.ca to inquire about catering.

The Shopping by Bus program is also cancelled until further notice.

UPDATED March 13, 2020

On March 12, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March break, in response to the emergence of COVID-19. This means that Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed from Saturday, March 14 through to Sunday, April 5, 2020.

This means Wesley March break programs, Before and After School Programs, and EarlyON Child and Family Centres in schools are closed during the school closures.

The City of Hamilton has given the direction to close all EarlyON Child and Family Centres that are not in schools. Wesley will also be closing the Child Care Centre, 80 Queen St. N.

Wesley Programs that are closed from March 14 to April 5:

· Beasley Community Centre

· Wesley Child Care

March Break programs at

· Rockton – Beverly Central campus,

· Hess Street School and

· Lake Avenue School

· Beasley Community Centre

Before and After School programs at

· Rockton – Beverly Central campus

· Rockton – Dr. Seaton campus

· Dr. Davey School

· Hess Street School

· Lake Avenue School

· Beasley Community Centre/Simone Hall

· Queen Victoria School

EarlyON Child and Family Centres at

· Lake Avenue School

· Beasley Community Centre

· 155 Queen Street N

· 1900 Main Street West

· Churchill Park Clubhouse

· Bennetto Community Centre

· Grace Haven

· St. Martins Manor

ACERS program at

· Hess Street School

These programs will reopen April 6, unless other directions are received from the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the Ministry of Education or the City of Hamilton.

The City of Hamilton has an overview of municipal planning and risk assessment related to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

For a list of closures announced by The City of Hamilton, please click here.

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