UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 –
Joint Media Release from: Chad Roglich, Chair, Wesley Community Homes Inc. and Howard Williamson, Chair, Wesley (Wesley Urban Ministries Inc.)
Message: Wesley Day Centre to Remain Open at 195 Ferguson Ave. North past March 31, 2020
We are very pleased to announce that our two organizations have successfully found a solution to the previously announced Wesley Day Centre closure at 195 Ferguson Ave. North. The Wesley Day Centre now has an extended 3 month lease at 195 Ferguson Ave. North for April – June 2020, with a continued month-to-month lease arrangement based on the needs by both organizations.
This decision has been thoughtfully made keeping in mind both the tenants of Wesley Community Homes and the participants accessing Wesley Day Centre. We look forward to continuing this strong, ongoing and collaborative partnership to benefit the people we serve and support.
“The Board and staff at Wesley Community Homes are pleased to have come to this mutually beneficial agreement. We look forward to this continued partnership as well as the work ahead to add new affordable social housing units.” Chad Roglich, Chair, Wesley Community Homes Inc. said.
Wesley, the local social services non-profit in Hamilton, Halton and Brantford, will continue its search for a permanent Wesley Day Centre location. Wesley Community Homes, the local social housing provider, will continue planning for its new affordable housing units at the 195 Ferguson Ave. North location.
UPDATE DECEMBER 9, 2019 –
We are pleased that the City of Hamilton announced on Dec. 6 that they have secured a site for an amalgamated CTS (consumption & treatment services) and wraparound services/day centre. This is very encouraging news and we are waiting for confirmation of details from the City. We are also finalizing details for a temporary day centre location. This location will be in place until the CTS opens. We thank the community for the support as we confirm these details.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2019 –
We are pleased to announce that we have received one-time funding from the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Community Foundation and the United Way Halton & Hamilton to keep the Day Centre open past the announced August 23, 2019 closure date. We also continue to rely upon the generosity of our donors and are thankful for their ongoing support.
Our landlord, Wesley Community Homes, has confirmed that our lease at 195 Ferguson Ave. North is ending March 31, 2020 and will not be extended.
We are working closely with the City of Hamilton to find a future location for an amalgamated Day Centre and Consumption & Treatment Services (CTS). The new location needs to be a dedicated and accessible facility, ideally zoned as medical, and in the areas flanked by Queen Street (west), Barton Street (north), Ferguson Ave (east) and Main Street (south) and not on the proposed LRT route. If you have information on a possible location, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 905 528 5629 ext. 248.
UPDATE SUMMER 2019 –
As you’ve likely heard, the Wesley Day Centre is in a tough situation. The lease for our drop-in day centre at 195 Ferguson Ave has not been renewed, and the closure of that program has been announced. Hundreds of marginalized and vulnerable people in Hamilton currently access crucial and barrier-free services at the Wesley Day Centre.
A motion was passed during a City Council meeting on July 11, 2019 and we are pleased to say that Council has directed its staff to negotiate an agreement with Wesley so to access the necessary funds to continue to operate the Day Centre past August 23, 2019. City of Hamilton staff will work with Wesley to find a new location, which would possibly also include a CTS (consumption and treatment service) program. An update on progress towards a new site will be delivered to City Council in November and we will continue to update this page as we have new information to share.
Thank you to everyone who signed the open letter, attended the Save the Wesley Day Centre rally, sat in the gallery at City Council for an Emergency & Community Services meeting, tweeted, shared, or simply hoped for the best for marginalized people and the Wesley Day Centre over the past few weeks.
If you know of a location that would work as a new permanent location for the Wesley Day Centre, please contact email@example.com
If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so here.
If you have any questions about making a donation or our funding needs, please contact Andrea Buttars, Resource Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 905-528-5629 x 248
*NEW* City of Hamilton and partners push forward with day centre plan after second no from landlord – Teviah Moro – Welland Tribune ( synd. Hamilton Spectator)
Hamilton teaming with Wesley to try to save its Day Centre – CBC Hamilton
Wesley Day Centre gets possible reprieve from Hamilton City Council – The Hamilton Spectator
Hundreds rally to support Wesley Day Centre – The Hamilton Spectator
June 26: Wesley Day Centre, Aberdeen traffic and other letters to the editor – The Hamilton Spectator
Take action this week to save the Wesley Day Centre – Raise the Hammer
Wesley Day Centre community hub forced to close – CBC Hamilton
Don’t close the Wesley Day Centre – Raise the Hammer
Wesley Day Centre saved my life, Hamilton man says – The Hamilton Spectator
Wesley Day Centre: Hub for Hamilton’s most vulnerable closing – The Hamilton Spectator
Wesley Day Centre: Calls mount to save downtown Hamilton community hub services – The Hamilton Spectator
Hope in depths of opioid addiction found at Wesley: Hamilton doctor – The Hamilton Spectator