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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 as the COVID-19 pandemic becomes a factor in this region, you can make a secure, online donation to Wesley. A COVID-19 Response Fund has been set up to direct these donations to our efforts in this regard. Learn about all the ways you can help at: https://wesley.ca/howtohelp/

Our essential supports for vulnerable populations and people experiencing homelessness, including the Wesley Day Centre, have remained open throughout this crisis

Donations of hygiene items, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food are needed! If you are able, please drop off donated items in Hamilton Food Share bins at your local grocery stores, such as Fortinos (50 Dundurn St S, Hamilton) and Metro at Fennell/Upper Gage (967 Fennell Ave E. Hamilton). Please contact info@wesley.ca if you have a large donation.

Please note, all regular volunteer opportunities have been cancelled until further notice. We are  currently looking for skilled volunteers to help in the isolation centres for the homeless. Contact volunteer@wesley.ca if you are a retired health care professional, student (ex. medicine, nursing, physician assistants), foreign trained doctor or have related professional experience.

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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