Social Service


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.

Our Impact

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.

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Legal Name

Wesley Urban Ministries

Charity Number

11929 1946 RR 0001

How your gift will be used

Legacy gifts help us respond to the most urgent needs in the community including housing, food, and vital programs to help people living in poverty. Past estate gifts have helped us to launch new projects, and training programs and complete capital projects to upgrade facilities. For example, donor support has been critical to helping us keep essential programs open every day of the pandemic and ensure the safety of our clients and staff.

Donors can make a lasting and meaningful impact on their community and local people in need by remembering Wesley in their will. Donors can choose to make their gift to benefit the greatest need at Wesley or can direct their donation to homelessness, children, newcomers or another program area of their choice.

You can make a lasting contribution to Wesley through a gift in your will without using any resources you may need now or taking away from loved ones. Your trust has always been fundamental to our ability to help those most in need in our community. We would always be glad to hear from you about your plans or discuss what could be possible. For more information, please email [email protected] or call (905) 528-5629 x234.

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