Community Support

With the help of dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners, Ray of Hope works to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of vulnerable people in Waterloo Region.

Ray of Hope Community Centre

659 King Street East
Kitchener, ON

The Ray of Hope Community Centre is at the heart of everything we do to help vulnerable neighbours. It offers a place of safety and support to people struggling with poverty, hunger, and homelessness.

At Ray of Hope Community Centre, our staff, volunteers, and community partners:

Nourish Hunger:
A hot, nutritious meal is served to Community Centre guests seven days a week.

Through our Marketplace food hamper program, guests can also choose foods that meet their families’ unique needs and preferences. The Marketplace program is open on a first come first served basis.

Nurture Health:
We connect guests with crucial services to promote their mental and physical health, from community nursing to addiction support groups.

Provide Safe Haven:
The Centre offers a safe, supportive meeting place, hot showers, and laundry services to guests.

Lend Support in a Crisis:
The Resource Advocacy Program (RAP) helps people facing challenges – from addiction to unemployment – discover the skills and resources they need to overcome obstacles and move forward in life.

Share God’s Love:
We share God’s love with guests through worship services held in the Community Centre’s chapel every Thursday.

51,226

Meals Served*

1,829

Food Hampers
Provided*

2,391

Guests Served

*since November 2020

To learn more about how the Ray of Hope Community Centre touches lives and how you can help, please contact us at 1-519-578-8018 ext. 225.

Chaplaincy Program

Ray of Hope’s Chaplaincy Services seeks to demonstrate the love of Christ to those we serve across Ray of Hope.  Our two chaplains, along with faithful volunteers from many Christian denominations, serve in a variety of ways.  If you are interested in learning more about Chaplaincy, please call our Head Office (519-578-8018) and ask for one of the chaplains.

Interested in learning more about our Chaplaincy Services, or in sharing God’s love with others?
Please call 1-519-741-8881 and ask for the chaplain.

Community Centre Program Hours

Community Centre

Monday-Friday

9:00am-9:00pm

Drop-In
(laundry & showers currently suspended due to renovations)

Monday-Friday

9:00am-4:00PM

Hot Meal Service

Monday-Friday (Breakfast)

9:15-10:45AM

Monday-Friday (Lunch)

12:30-2:00PM

Monday-Friday (Dinner)

7:00-8:30pm

Saturday

12:00-1:30pm

Sunday

4:30-6:00pm

Marketplace Food
Hamper Program
(No appointment required at this time)

Monday-Thursday

9:30am-12:30pm

Resource Advocacy Program (RAP)

Monday-Friday

2:00-6:45pm

 

Volunteer!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Ray of Hope. Last year, over 2,000 dedicated members of our community gave their time and energy to help others. We always need volunteers, and a variety of positions are available with varying time commitments.