About Us

Our mission is to assist the most vulnerable citizens in Welland and the surrounding area by providing food and housing stability and to empower change increasing future resilience to poverty and increasing their capacity to be self-sustaining through counseling and training.

We advocate for changing the social structures that create poverty, homelessness and compromised health and well-being. This is achieved by the dedication of our staff, volunteers and through the available programs and services, which are designed to create positive opportunities for individuals and families.

For over forty years, The Hope Centre has helped to build and to strengthen Welland and the surrounding area by providing residents access to our Community Lunch Program, Food Bank, Housing Stability programs and many other services. 

We build and strengthen our community by responding to the needs of its people

Hope is an individual’s virtue, and personal empowerment is the essential element that fuels The Hope Centre’s approach to delivering one-on-one services. Our involvement in community development and advocacy work is guided by our core values: Stability, Direction, and Empowerment.

Our History

The Hope Centre was formed in 1974 (originally known as Welland Community Resource and Action Centre – WCRAC) by a group of concerned citizens and organizations who recognized that there were a number of people who were falling through the cracks of the social welfare system.


Originally housed at All Peoples United Church, The Hope Centre was entirely run by dedicated volunteers and offered food assistance, childcare, and advocacy.

The early success of these volunteers gave birth to such agencies as:

  • Women’s Place

  • Niagara Regional Youth Homes

  • Community Legal Services

  • All Peoples Day Nursery

  • Niagara Peninsula Homes

  • Canal View Homes

  • McLaughlin Community House and Tenants Association

The Hope Centre also works closely with other agencies such as:

  • The United Way

  • Harvest Kitchen

  • The Salvation Army & St. Vincent De Paul

  • District School board of Niagara (Onsite Literacy and Basic Skills Program)

  • Canadian Tire Foundation for Families (Jumpstart Program)

  • Kacey Lynn Committee (Kacey Lynn Fund)

  • YWCA Off-site Transitional Housing

There are many other agencies not listed above that The Hope Centre works hand in hand with, and it is through this mutual support and that of our community that we are able to provide the programs and services that we do.