Wesley is a long-standing local non-profit, offering support for people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and barriers in the community. We provide programs and services to meet diverse community needs in Hamilton, Halton and Brantford, Ontario. As a multi-service organization, we provide Children, Youth & Family Services, Housing & Homelessness Services and Newcomer & Community Services.
We are a diverse, innovative and financially responsible organization. We began in 1955 with one program in the basement of Wesley United Church in downtown Hamilton and now offer more than thirty different programs. Wesley’s services are made possible through a broad base of funding support from government, businesses, foundations, groups and individuals.
Wesley’s legal charitable name is Wesley Urban Ministries Inc. and our operating name is Wesley.
Wesley helps people who are struggling with poverty, many of whom may have no other place to turn for help including people who are homeless, newcomers to Canada, or youth and families in need of support.
Overall, the long-term impact of our programs includes improved education, successful employment and supportive independence for people who are vulnerable and marginalized.
In our Housing & Homelessness programs, we are working with youth, families and adults who are facing multiple barriers such as addictions, mental health, poverty and homelessness. Our short-term impacts are meeting basic immediate needs such as access to washrooms, showers, food, and support. Our long-term supports include access to housing, healthcare and harm reduction.
In our Children, Youth & Family programs, we are supporting families living in high priority neighbourhoods. We provide meals, snacks, free activities, life skills and a safe place to live. This ranges from Child Care Centres, Before & After School programs, Youth Housing and Summer Camp.
In our Newcomer & Community Services, we are welcoming and settling government-assisted refugees to help them begin their new life in Canada, working with isolated seniors, supporting youth and adults in gaining employment and much more.