Helping Hands Street Mission
East Hamilton Spiritual Church is a proud supporter of Helping Hands Street Mission.
We are firm believers, that no matter where we are in life, there is always someone who has less, and that we need to do our part to make sure we are taking care of each other.
We may never know what it is like to go without a roof over our heads, or food in our stomach, but many within our community live this reality every day.
To help the most vulnerable in our community, we will be collecting items to donate to Helping Hands Street Mission.
Your donations can be placed in the white container in our church coatroom. Your kindness and generosity is deeply appreciated.
About Helping Hands Street Mission
How it All Began:
With Gods lead and many hands to help the mission store was born. With enough money from our account to secure 4 months of rent thanks to very supportive group of people, and willing husband who stepped out in faith, we opened our doors. With no volunteers at first and a naïve spirit I waited with bags of clothes for a chance to share Gods love with the neighbourhood.
After a few confused faces they came, I gave them my “Jesus is free and so are the clothes” talk and it didn’t take long for the word to get out that the stupid Jesus lady down the street who lets you take whatever you want. As I struggled through that first day a great relief to me was to see the people whom we had connected with over the previous year on the streets start to come in. I quickly got tips on how things worked in the neighbourhood and felt a little more secure when a man named George sat in the corner and assured me that he would protect me.
That was over 7 years ago and Gods vision continues to be seen here. Over the years many volunteers came to add the necessary tools needed that I was definitely lacking and helped bring Gods plans forward. We have gone from the crazy Jesus lady with lots of clothes but no clue to Helping Hands Street Mission outreach, store and program center that now provides social support, and connections to needed community services even a free Hair salon!
Seeing that the need for relationships outweighed any free stuff we could give we have made this our first priority in listening to the needs of the Barton st community (and beyond) trying to provide as best we can a space for this relationship building to thrive. A lot has changed but a lot has stayed the same. Our commitment to the message in Gods word is still strong but with a lot more “showing” than “telling” and the familiar face we see everyday protecting us from the chair in the corner of the room.
God has been forever faithful to His Word and Vision and Truth and continues to sustain us in this wonderful community.
~ Helen Norris - Founder/Executive Director
Definition & Statistics
Hidden Homeless: when people have no fixed address and/or stay with family or friends.
At Risk Homeless: when people may lose their home because of unaffordable, inadequate and/or unsafe housing conditions.
In Canada, 30,000 people are homeless on any given night and as many as 50,000 may be "hidden homeless" on any given night.
Lack of affordable housing & homelessness are present in every community across Canada.
In Ontario, the average wait time for affordable housing is 3.83 years.
168,711 Ontario families, seniors, single adults and couples were on waiting lists for rent geared-to-income housing in 2014.
City of Hamilton 2012:
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples"
Most Needed Items:
Hats & Mitts/gloves
Antibacterial soap/body washes
We ask that the items being donated be new/unopened.
Mission - Vision - Values
To reach out one hand at a time, with love and respect.
Through partnership with the community, we will address the needs of the homeless, working poor and spiritually poor.
As a Christian organization, we believe in the power of listening, prayer and spiritual support for every person.
We believe every person was created in the image of God.
We believe every person has the right to live and not just exist.
We believe a person’s income should not determine their health and longevity.