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Services

The Welcome Aboard Drop-In Centre is open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday in The Bridges.  Here we offer a wide variety of services and programs to help clients experiencing homelessness, and those living in poverty in our community. These services include:

Anyone is welcome.  Please join us for our weekly community breakfast held on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

Cambridge Shelter Corporation operates a 40 bed year round emergency shelter for men and women aged 16 years of age and over and has three emergency shelter units for families experiencing homelessness.  There is no criteria for admittance beyond being homeless.  Clients of the shelter are expected to act respectfully and to sign the Client Code of Conduct.   While staying at the shelter, a variety of programming is available to them.  Programming includes:

FAMILY ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE AT THE SHELTER

PROGRAMMING AVAILABLE AT THE SHELTER FOR PARENTS

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AVAILABLE

*Please speak with Janis about any of these activities. When you have found permanent housing, we will connect you with your area neighbourhood association and help you to find furnishings and other household items.

The average length of stay for families in the emergency shelter units is three months.  Families are connected with a wide variety of services through our Family Caseworker.  She also enrolls children in school, and immediately begins searching for appropriate, affordable housing where they can make a smooth transition back into our community.

Approximately one-third of the families we shelter are refugees from many different countries including Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Israel, Rwanda, Costa Rica and Ghana.  Since many face issues related to culture, language, trauma, and employment, we  recently commissioned a needs assessment entitled; ‘Provision of Services to Newcomers in Cambridge and North Dumfries.’

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