About Us

Mission

Our mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ by: investing in people, inspiring hope, and transforming lives.

Learn More About Our Four Areas of Service:

Community Support
Youth Justice
Youth Employment
Youth Addiction

Vision

We envision a community where all people are empowered to experience hope, connection, and positive change.

Core Values

Holistic
Professional
Affirmation
Interdependence
Character
Transformation

Jesus Christ is at the centre of everything we do to invest in people, inspire hope, and transform lives. Read our Statement of Faith.

History

Changing the lives of vulnerable people was a calling that defined Rev. Arman Wright’s lifelong work. From his service as Pastor at York Road Baptist Church in Guelph to his 15 years as Chaplain at Guelph Reformatory, to the founding of the Chapel of Hope.

In 1965, Arman had a new vision – the reintegration of men and youth in the prison system back into society. He shared this vision with the faith community in Waterloo Region, and the community quickly responded! Ray of Hope was formally founded in 1967.

In 1972, Ray of Hope gained a firm foundation when construction began on its first facility, Hope Manor (now called Ray of Hope Secure Custody) – a safe, supportive space for youth working to change their lives.

From these humble, but visionary beginnings, Ray of Hope has grown into a thriving organization that provides a wide range of life-changing services—and precious hope—to hundreds of vulnerable men, women, families, and youth each year.

Today, Jesus Christ is still at the heart of everything that Ray of Hope does in partnership with our amazing community. We’re committed to honouring Arman’s vision and carrying on his legacy in everything we do.

Leadership

Executive Leadership

Meet the passionate, purpose-driven people who guide Ray of Hope’s mission each and every day.

Executive Leadership

Meet the dedicated and diverse members of our Board of Directors. They provide strategic oversight to guide our work and further our mission.

David McKee

Retired Lawyer, formerly Vice-President and Associate General Counsel, Sun Life Financial. Serving as President

Sandy Hughes

Instructional Designer, University of Guelph, Educational Consultant, McMaster University. Serving as Vice-President

Marlene Brubacher

Senior Accountant, Accountable LLP. Serving as Treasurer

Ken Smith

Proprietor, Heritage Design

Theo Lariviere

Constable, Waterloo Regional Police Service

Shawn Matches

Firefighter, City of Kitchener Fire Department

Del Brubacher

Owner/President, Mardel Electrical & Mechanical Ltd

Lisa Devall-Martin

Director of Operations, Learning for Humanity, Retired WRDSB Elementary School Principal

Lisa Devall-Martin

Melissa Bowman, Local Outreach Coordinator, Nexus Church

Orvie Bowman

Chief Financial and Investment Officer, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Warren Griffin

Partner, Giesbrecht, Griffin, Funk and Irvine LLP

Scott Starra

Owner/Operator, Massage Addict